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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! 

Keeping Safe At Sea In The Winter

No matter where you are winter increases the risk when out at sea. Cold temperatures and strong winds make it vital that you prepare for all situations. Including all aspect of boating including, kayaking, sailing, power boating and even paddle boarding! 

Make sure you plan ahead and stay safe. Check out our basic tips to staying safe in the winter:

1. Tell People

Always make sure that someone knows where you are going and what time you expect to be back. That way if you don't return for a considerable amount of time then someone will know something is up and they will know where you were heading.  

2. Always wear a lifejacket

No matter what some people say, life jackets save lives. Ensuring you have the correct jacket that works for you is crucial.  Make sure you jacket is safety approved, it fits, in working order and ensure everyone else is also wearing a suitable jacket. 

3. Communication

Make sure you have some form of communication on you at all times, ideally 2 forms of communication. On your boat the easiest form of communication is a VHF radio which the coast guard always monitors. The next best thing is a mobile phone however, you may not always get signal out at sea, which is why we highly recommend you have a radio and mobile phone at all times. 

4. Dress appropriately

Don't just step out of your front door and think, 'its actually quite warm today!' Always take extra layers and preferably waterproof clothing. The sea temperature is often a lot colder than the air temperature that you feel as you step out your front door.