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3 Tips On How To Get Back On Your Paddle Board

Safety and Confidence: Falling off and getting back on your paddle board is essential for building confidence and safety in the water.

Equipment for Safety: Always use a leash to ensure your board stays close, and wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) for added height and safety when climbing back on.

Techniques for Climbing Back On:

  1. From the side: Place paddle parallel to the board, use the carrying strap and other hand to grab the board’s rail, kick and pull yourself up.
  2. From the tail: Push the tail down to slide onto the board and work your way to the center, staying close to the center line for stability.
  3. Using a rope as a step: Attach a rope to the board’s center handle with a foot loop; use it to assist with climbing back onto the board from the side.

Common Issues: Avoid having legs under the board which hinders kicking; ensure the wind is at your back for easier re-boarding. Rotate inflatable waist belt PFDs out of the way when climbing.

Practice is Key: Continually practice different methods to see what suits you best. Always stay close to the shore, and as a last resort, swim to shore, ensuring your board is leashed to you.

In this video, Marybeth uses the Red Paddle Co 9’6″ Compact inflatable paddle board.

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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.