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SUPSafe with SUPBoarder

Stand Up Paddleboarding is a great way to get outdoors and be active. It’s an easy sport to learn and inexpensive to start out. But there are potential risks to consider and SUPBoarder have prepared a few videos to better prepare us for out next paddling session. The initiative by SUPBoarder is called SUPSafe.

We suggest you watch the videos below and learn how to best plan for your paddle outings. It’s all about having fun, but being safe out there!

Wind & Weather

Have you checked a recent wind and weather forecast? Do you understand how the wind will affect your paddling? Is it meant to change whilst you’re paddling?

Location

Is your paddle location suitable for the forecasted wind speed and direction? What specific hazards are there? e.g rocks, boats, shipping lanes, weirs or fast flowing tide.

Tide or River Conditions

Moving water can be dangerous. What is its speed and direction and how will it affect your paddling?

Clothing

Dress for submersion – always dress appropriately for the water temperature. You might not intend to fall in but you never know! Do you know the different clothing options?

Personal Floatation

It’s recommended to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Which is the most suitable for your paddling? Buoyancy aid or waist belt PFD? Know your local laws.

Communication & Emergency

Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. Do you have a way to call for help? e.g. a phone, VHF radio or whistle.

Equipment

Ensure all your gear is well maintained and appropriate for the conditions. What else do you need to take? e.g water, extra clothing, suncream.

Leash

Coiled or straight, ankle or quick release? Do you know the different options and when to use each type?

Remember, you can always change your plan if you are not sure about the conditions, your equipment or rules. If in doubt – don’t go out. Be safe, but be sure to have fun!

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.