Stand-up paddleboarding is a terrific way to have fun on the water while also getting in shape, whether it is on an inflatable paddleboard or a hard one. If you do it often enough, your general fitness will improve, particularly your muscle strength endurance, which is where the majority of your paddle power comes from.
However, while stand-up paddleboarding is undoubtedly entertainment, it may prove dangerous if safety precautions aren’t followed. Here are a few tips to help you get started on just that!
- Check Your Equipment
Before you go stand-up paddleboarding at the paddling area, make sure it’s in good functioning order. Affirm that your board is inflated to the necessary PSI (pounds per square inch) level, that the paddle is correctly assembled, and that all of your equipment is acceptable for the conditions you will be surfing in.
- Verify Yourself
It becomes much easier if you are properly dressed for the weather as well as the water temperature. To begin, you must be conscious of your surroundings. Check the weather prediction to see whether a storm is approaching or if the weather will change while you’re out.
For a beginner, the optimum circumstances are calm, flat days with little wind. Keep an eye on the weather because it might change suddenly.
- Wear A Leash
For surf or non-moving water, use an ankle leash, while for flowing water or tidal waterways, use a quick-release waist-belt leash. A leash enables you to connect to your board and keeps you safe, especially if you tumble into a strong current or strong wind. You don’t want to lose contact with your board. If your board isn’t secured, it will take flight from you in seconds, even in a light breeze.
- Wear A Floatation Device
Wear a buoyancy aid or waist belt PFD (Personal Floatation Device) at all times. If you find yourself in trouble in the water, keep in mind to Float To Survive.
- Keep A Mobile Phone
Always tell someone reliable where you are going for outdoor activities and when you expect to return. Even if you are having the time of your life, schedule a call at a specific time to ensure you don’t end up in who-knows-where without a backup plan.
- Check For The Weather Conditions In Detail
Learn about the many types of wind and tides and what they mean for paddleboarding. Make sure you take a good, long look at a detailed local weather prediction so you know what to expect when you arrive, and, most importantly throughout the rest of the day!
If you’re on a river, heavy rain upstream can trigger rapid surges in river levels, turning languid, meandering rivers into raging torrents in a matter of minutes. Strong current water is extremely dangerous, and navigating the waves, eddies, and powerful currents requires considerable skill.
- Have The Knowledge Of The Area
As you prepare to head out, talk to other nearby paddlers, surfers, kayakers, or sailors. You will be amazed at how much they know about the area, including hidden threats, tidal movement, wind direction, and local impacts.
Whether it’s paddling stamina, swimming abilities, or balancing skill, overestimating your abilities can create serious problems on the water. Likewise, overlooking safety measures when paddleboarding can lead to grave consequences. Perhaps, the above-mentioned tips can help you enjoy your paddleboarding experience whilst always staying safe.