Stand Up Paddleboarding - Keeping Safe

Getting To Know The Risks Involved With SUP

Paddleboarding may come across as being completely harmless, but as with anything it does have its risks and dangers. We wanted to put a small article together to give you some helpful tips! 

The lightweight and buoyant design of a paddleboard means that even in a very weak offshore wind, you can quickly find yourself a long way from the shore and it can be extremely difficult to get back. Lots of people don't use leashes when paddling in dangerous areas and this can put you at a real risk if you become separated from your board in large open waters. Ensure you follow these simple steps to help you stay safe and help you get the most out of Stand Up Paddleboarding. 

  • Tell somewhere where you're going and when you'll be back. Ensure you take a mobile phone or some form of communication. 
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times
  • Avoid strong offshore winds.
  • Always take a friend! 
  • Make sure you wear a life jacket 
  • Make sure you have suitable clothing on for the weather
  • Always wear your leash when in open waters and if you do get into trouble you can use your board as a flotation device 
  • If you still find that you are struggling to get to grips with the sport then make sure you have a few lessons so you are comfortable on the water

Hopefully these simple tips will help you out on the water and keep you out of trouble! Don't forget you can try boards with us at The Paddleboard Outlet and also have lessons with one of our instructors! See you soon!