Paddle Board Safety

Stand up paddle boarding appeals to people of all walks of life and has quickly become the fastest growing sport in the world. It doesn’t take much practice to start feeling comfortable and enjoying yourself on a SUP. Even beginners will find themselves balancing with ease and gliding effortlessly through the water. SUP is known for its many fitness benefits, specifically challenging the rider’s core and balance.

However, it is important to note the dangers and importance of water safety when paddle boarding. Use caution and educate yourself before just hopping on a board. If you consider a paddleboard just as a toy, you may find yourself in trouble. Because of the sheer size and girth of a paddleboard, it can take you much farther and faster than water toys such as a tube or raft.

Here are a few safety guidelines and recommendations to keep you safe when you go paddle boarding (Keep in mind, this is not meant as a complete safety list, just some ideas to get you started):

1. Know how to swim and be comfortable with the fact you may fall in the water.

2. Always wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

3. Know how to use a leash, and where and when to use one.

4. Know how to self-rescue

5. Be aware of your surroundings and your environment: weather, waves, currents, rip tides, winds, boats, and swimmers are a few examples.

Taking the time to learn and practice water safety will only enhance your experience, and peace of mind.

 

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