When entering the water it is a good idea to carry your fins with the straps looped over your wrist. This will leave your hands free should you stumble.
Wear your mask around your neck!
Make sure your BCD is inflated.
Put your mask and fins on when in chest deep water.
Watch the surf, not your feet!
When taking off your fins make sure the water is not too shallow to make standing up difficult.
Watch the surf/waves.
Wear your mask around your neck and your fin straps looped over your wrist.
Use the waves to lift you up and carry you to shallow water.
Buddies help each other. That’s what buddies are for.
Be extra careful of slippery rocks at low tide.