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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.