SUP safety essential. Basics.
Paddleboarding is generally a safe activity which provides fun for paddlers of all ages and levels of skill. While SUP is a fairly low-risk company, however, there are certain basic safety practises that you should follow every time you paddle.
In this paper we will list some important SUP safety tips that reduce your risk of injury (or worse) dramatically while you are on the paddle board. Learning how to become a healthy and conscientious paddler is not only important to your own personal well-being – you can also set a strong example to emulate those around you.
Let’s get straight to it without further ado …
1. Wear A PFD
When it comes to paddleboarding, one of the most simple and effective safety practises you can practise is to wear a personal flotation device. This is a required SUP accessory, commonly known as a “PFD,” to save lives.
Paddlers typically use either a salvage jacket or a belt pack in the SUP nation. Both have distinct advantages and drawbacks and we will discuss a couple of them in order to give you a general understanding of which paddling and personal interests might be the best way for you.
The first PFD design we are going to cover is the life jacket. SUP life jackets usually deliver a slimmer, more compact design that minimises the stroke. A SUP Life Jacket is clearly the bulkier option for the two PFD models we address, but it may not be your perfect choice if you’re a minimalist who prefers anything smaller.
Although the comfort scale is lower, lifejackets provide better protection compared to PFDs on the inflatable belt. A lifejacket gives you full-time flotation — there is nothing you need to do to trigger it anytime you need help. On the other side, an inflatable PFD belt pack has no flotation. To trigger the built-in life jacket, the paddler must pull a cord to auto-inflate the bladder of the suit. This is not a big deal in most cases, but if a paddler gets knocked off his board and is unconscious, this is a major and life-threatening problem.
2. Using a SUP Leash
We’ll cover the second safety tip with a SUP leash. A leash is another easy and super cheap SUP accessory to wear any time you paddle.
Many paddlers underestimate the value of wearing a SUP harness, erroneously assuming that their board would still be poorly accessible if they fall. It can be true in a calm paddling environment, but you can be separated from your board in a matter of seconds under windy, choppy conditions. This can also prove fatal in other circumstances.
You won’t even know that a SUP leash can mess with your paddling stutch, so there is just no reason you should ever be in the water without a stroke. This is an significant, life-saving paddle board accessory for any paddler and is included in all our inflatable paddle board packages.
3. Find a Pal Paddle
Stand up is a perfect way for you to spend time with family and friends, and it can also be an enjoyable way to meet new people. If paddleboarding is performed with others, it is not only more fun, it is also healthier.
You don’t know when an incident could occur on the lake, so getting a paddle pal ensures that you always have someone to look at your back. The buddy system is the best system for SUP defence.
4. Don’t neglect the SUN PROTECTION
Sun security is one aspect that is frequently ignored. The sun is incredibly high and the sun’s intensity will naturally be an even greater issue when you stand on water.
SPF swimwear, caps, sun glasses and sunscreen are highly recommended. Spending hours on the water without adequate sun protection could lead to a much worse sunburn than a normal sunburn.
Be careful and always take the requisite steps to protect yourself when going outside and coping with sun exposure.
5. Carry a wetsuit while doing paddling in cold waters
If you’re lucky enough to live in a dry, year-round setting, you can easily skip that portion. However, wearing a wetsuit is a very wise activity that will potentially save your lives if you spend any time paddling in cold waters.
Even the most professional paddlers sometimes fall off and are unprepared for cold water exposure can make you sick, and even contribute to hypothermia. With a high-quality jacket built for cooler temperatures, not only will your paddle keep you warm.
We hope you liked to hear about these extremely valuable safety tips from SUP. Even if you have heard about the details we discussed in this post, it is worth remembering the value of these activities regularly.