Stand up paddle boarding is great fun, not to mention fantastic for your health, but like all watersports, there is an element of risk involved. Whether you are just starting out or you’re a seasoned professional, it’s important that you take the right steps to stay safe while you’re out in the water.
Here are our top seven SUP safety tips:
- Always use a leash. If you’re paddle boarding in the ocean you never know when you might fall. A leash conserves your energy as you aren’t always swimming back and forth and it keeps others safe by preventing your board from going rogue and steamrolling everyone else.
- Let someone know where you’re going. While SUP is a great solitary activity, play on the safe side and always let someone know where you are, just in case. In the event something does happen, you have someone to raise the alarm and get you out of trouble.
- Be mindful of others: If there are others in the water always be respectful and aware of them. Accidents can happen easily in crowded locations so staying vigilant and alert can reduce the chances of something disastrous happening. Where possible try to stick to areas that are designated for SUP and avoid overcrowded breaks.
- Know when to wear a lifejacket. While they may not be the most attractive to look at, a lifejacket is essential if you are a beginner, a child, not a confident swimmer or the conditions are dangerous. There are some great lifejackets around these days that won’t restrict your ease of movement.
- Be aware of tides, rips and other factors. The ocean environment can be dangerous especially if you are not familiar with local conditions. If paddling in an unfamiliar place, take some time to familiarise yourself with the conditions and seek local advice wherever possible.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Conditions can change quickly and a perfect, cloudless day can become nasty very suddenly. Always check the weather conditions before you head out, so you can avoid any nasty surprises.
- Be sun safe. Being on the water for hours on end is the perfect recipe for sunburn. Make sure you wear sunscreen, a rash vest and a hat when you are on the water.
With a few basic safety precautions and some common sense, you can enjoy all the benefits of SUP while avoiding any disasters. For all your SUP related questions, or to find SUP boards for sale, get in touch with Wave Sales today.