Top 10 Tips for Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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  • Stand-up paddleboarding has burst onto the beach scene in recent years and is the fastest growing water sport in the world.

  • With the rise in popularity, many paddleboarders often forget that being on a paddleboard requires the same safety precautions and vigilance as any other activity on the water. With National Safe Boating Week underway, now is a perfect time to brush up on some paddleboarding tips and most importantly, water safety practices.

  • The first thing to know about stand-up paddleboarding is that a paddleboard is a vessel when used "beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area." If a paddleboard is used within a designated "swimming, surfing or bathing area," the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.

  • What does this mean for you? When using a paddleboard beyond the limits of the swimming, surfing or bathing area, you need to be as prepared as you would be when using what is considered a traditional vessel, which includes wearing a life jacket.

  • Whether you are a seasoned paddleboarder or new to the activity, here are some other tips when it comes to using stand-up paddleboards.

    1. Wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle
    2. Be a competent swimmer
    3. Know how to self rescue
    4. Know how to tow another board
    5. Know the local regulations and navigation rules
    6. Understand the elements and hazards – winds, tidal ranges, current, terrain
    7. Know when to wear a leash
    8. Be defensive – don’t go where you aren’t supposed to be and avoid other swimmers, boaters, paddleboards
    9. Use proper blade angle to be the most efficient paddle boarder
    10. Take a safety course
  • And remember… have fun and be safe!