Water Safety

 
I'm a student in Brighton, studying Sports Product Design and I am in my final year.
My project theme is "Water Safety", and I am focusing on surfing safety.
I want to make surfing a safer sport, especially when it involves bigger and heavier waves.
Surfers often have difficulty coming back up to the surface when they fall on a bigger wave and I want to try and find a solution to this problem.
Thanks for helping!
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1. What is your age?
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2. Male or Female?
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3. How many years have you been surfing for?
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4. What was the biggest wave you ever surfed? How big and where was it?
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5. How often do you hit the bottom in a wipeout?
NeverRarelySometimesOftenVery Often
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6. How do you deal with being in a wipeout?
Ex.: "Count to 10", "Close your eyes and try to relax", "Try to get to the surface as quickly as possible", etc.
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7. Have you ever had a 2 wave hold down?
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8. Have any of the following accidents happen to you during or after a wipeout?
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9. Do you use anything to prevent you from staying underwater for a long time and/or to protect you while surfing?
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10. Would you ever consider using something (ex.: inflatable vest, special wetsuit) that would send you up to the surface safer and quicker? If yes, please give a short description of what you would use.
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