Paddleboarding is a great way to exercise and relax at the same time. It’s also a good way to get out into nature for some sightseeing and adventuring. But like any other water sport, it’s important to understand basic safety tips before you head out onto the water. Here’s everything you need to know about paddleboarding, from how to choose the right SUP board size and type to how to get back up on your board when you’ve fallen off!
What type of paddleboard is right for you.
Paddleboards are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials and weights. Some types even have their own specific purpose or style.
Here’s what you need to know about each:
- Shape: Round, V-shaped and tear drop shapes are the most common. The shape of your board depends on its intended purpose – some boards are better for beginners while others work better with tricks or racing. Your board should also match your body type if possible – if you’re tall, go for a larger size so that it’ll fit properly when you stand up.
- Size: This depends on whether you’re a beginner or pro level surfer/snowboarder, but it’s generally recommended that beginners start with smaller boards (7′ x 22″). If you’re more advanced then choose something like 9’6″ x 32″ as they offer greater stability while still being portable enough to carry around easily between waves (or snowbanks).
Paddleboard size considerations.
Paddleboards are sized by length and width. It’s important to measure your body height and find a paddleboard that is roughly the same length as your height so it will fit on top of your car. Paddleboards come in a range of lengths, but they’re often between 9 and 12 feet long, and 36 to 48 inches wide. The longer the board, the more stable it is; however, if you are smaller than average or just getting started with paddleboarding try using a shorter board that you can easily maneuver around in shallow water.
How to care for inflatable paddleboards.
You can store your inflatable paddleboard in a dry place, preferably out of direct sunlight. If you live in an area with hot weather, it’s best to keep the board away from windows or other sources of heat as well. Avoid keeping your board near sharp objects that could puncture its surface and cause it to leak.
When cleaning your board after use, use a mild soap and water solution to scrub off any dirt or grime that might have collected on the surface during use. Be sure to wipe down all areas thoroughly so that no residue is left behind. Once the surface has been cleaned thoroughly, allow it to air dry before storing again for future use.
How to care for hard paddleboards.
Hard paddleboards are durable and don’t require a lot of maintenance. To keep your hard paddleboard looking its best, follow these tips:
- Clean with soap and water. You can use a mild detergent or dish soap to remove dirt that accumulates on your board’s surface.
- Use waxing agent. Apply a waxing agent every 3 months or so to keep your board looking shiny and new!
- Use deck pad. A soft mat will cushion the impact of paddling off rocks or falling into water when practicing tricks on land, which can help protect the board from scratches and other damage over time (and make learning easier!).
- Don’t leave in sun/rain/snow for long periods of time! This is where most people get their boards damaged by UV rays – even if you’re using sunscreen!!! It’s best practice not too leave them outside at all unless necessary – especially when it rains during summer months because this causes mold growth which ruins wood products such as boats/kayaks etc., not just ours but everyone else too so do what we say please 🙂 Remember this advice always when camping too!
What to pack on a paddleboarding expedition.
When setting out on a paddleboarding adventure, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right gear. Here is what we recommend taking with you:
- Water and sunscreen (your skin will thank us later)
- Sunglasses and hat (the sun can be brutal!)
- Waterproof phone case (for all of those pictures that need to be taken)
- Waterproof phone (so your screen doesn’t crack)
- Waterproof camera (if that’s more your style)
Optional items include: waterproof bag, waterproof backpack or waterproof duffle bag if there are things that need extra protection from water splashes such as food or other valuables.
Tips on how to stand up properly on a SUP.
It’s no secret that the paddleboarding community is growing at a rapid pace. A lot of these newbies may be wondering how to stand up properly, so we thought it would be helpful to share some tips on how to do just that!
- Use your core to stand up: It’s important to think about using your core muscles when attempting this maneuver for the first time. You need those muscles in order for you to maintain balance once you’re up on the board and paddling away with ease. Think about keeping those knees bent slightly and in line with ankles as well as keeping both feet flat on their respective sides of the board (not crossed).
- Keep head up: When trying not only getting off shore but also standing up properly, keep your eyes focused on where you need them most—the horizon! This will help keep your balance while also making sure everyone around knows where they should steer clear from without having any accidents happen because someone wasn’t paying attention!
- Keep weight balanced: Another thing worth mentioning is keeping one hand forward while another pulls back behind them so they can maintain their balance while performing this feat successfully without falling off into water below them which could cause serious injury due to how cold water temperatures are outside right now during winter months when ice forms on top layer surface.”
Proper paddling technique and form.
Once you get the hang of it, paddling is relatively easy. But to avoid injury and ensure you’re not wasting energy by inefficiently paddling, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Choose your grip based on which style feels most comfortable for you. For example, if you’d like to steer with one hand while using the other hand for propulsion, then an offset paddle may be best suited for your style. In addition to the two main grips—the standard and offset—there are also reverse-grip options available as well.
- Use proper form when leaning over or turning around so that your body doesn’t get caught on the water as you try to move through it easily and efficiently!
- Keep both hands on the paddle at all times during normal paddling activity; this helps create more stability without having any negative impact on balance (if anything).
How to get back up on your paddleboard when you’ve fallen off.
If you’ve fallen off your paddleboard, the important thing to remember is that getting back on as quickly as possible is key. If you don’t have a leash on, grab onto the tail end of your board or push it along with your hands until you can regain your balance and get back upright.
If this fails, swim to shore! Resist the urge to panic if you fall into the water while out paddling; just take a deep breath and try again until success is achieved. Paddleboarding may seem easy and fun at first glance, but there are many things that can go wrong when learning how to use this sport equipment correctly—and falling into the water isn’t one of them!
Paddleboarding safety tips while out on the water.
- Wear a life jacket.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after your paddleboarding session.
- Wear sunglasses to protect against sun damage to sensitive areas like your eyes, lips and nose.
- If you have sensitive skin or are prone to sunburns, consider wearing a rash guard that covers more of your body than a standard t-shirt does (they’re usually made from moisture-wicking material so they won’t feel clammy being worn in the water). They can also be worn under other clothing items as an extra layer if you want something lightweight but protective against UV rays.
- Bring along a swimsuit (or two) so that you can cool off when taking breaks between sessions on the board with friends or family members—and don’t forget sunscreen!
Where to find a paddleboard?
If you’re new to paddleboarding, it can be a little confusing to figure out where to find one. There are many options available, so let’s go over them.
You can rent a paddleboard at:
- Local beaches
- Local lakes and rivers (with or without boat rentals)
- Surf shops that offer rentals of surfboards or stand up paddleboards (SUP)
Amazon also offers SUP boards for sale, which are often more affordable than buying from an actual surf shop.
Paddleboarding is a fun and exciting way to exercise, but it’s important to follow some basic safety tips before you head out onto the water
Safety is the most important thing to consider when paddleboarding. It’s not a matter of whether you’ll fall in or get hurt, but when. You should always wear a life jacket while out on your board and never go paddleboarding alone.
Make sure your board has a safety leash attached to it to prevent it from floating away if you get into trouble in the water. Also make sure that there aren’t any sharp objects sticking up from your board that could injure someone else or damage their gear if they run into them with their own equipment on shoreline trips
In the end, paddleboarding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. However, it’s important to choose the right board for your experience level, and to always follow basic safety guidelines before taking off onto the water.