The beginner’s guide to stand-up paddle boarding

The beginner’s guide to stand-up paddle boarding

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The beginner’s guide to stand-up paddle boarding

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Not only is Paddle boarding a full body workout, it’s fun! You only need a few essentials to get started, and of course a body of water such as a river, lake, canal or ocean and away you go! It’s a great way to spend the summer holidays.

Paddle board
First thing you will need is a paddle board. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are paddle boards designed for fishing, racing, and even yoga. We’ll assume you’re a beginner if you’re reading this, so the best kind of board to start out on is long, wide and thick. This will provide the best platform for you to conquer the basics and provide good stability in flat water. As you become more confident and decide paddle boarding is something you’ll stick with, then you can invest in a smaller board.

Paddle
You won’t get very far without a paddle. Generally, you should choose a that is approximately 15 to 20 cm centimetres taller than you are.

Life Jacket
Even if you consider yourself to be a world champion in dog paddling, a life jacket or personal flotation device is one of the most essential pieces of equipment you can buy.  It should be a comfortable fit, so you can move freely without feeling like the life jacket is cutting off your circulation  You must also fasten it properly for it to be of any benefit, it’s not there just for looks to be be draped over your shoulders. Experts recommend carrying a whistle and a light if you are paddle boarding at dusk.

Wet Suit
If you are paddle boarding in a cooler climate,  wear a wet suit. This could save you from putting yourself at risk for Hypothermia.

Leash
This will keep you attached to the paddle board because aside from not wanting to lose your brand new paddle board, it can also act as an additional flotation device, imperative to your safety. There are a variety of leashes depending on what your choice of waterway.

Sun protection
The sun’s reflection on the water can cause you to burn faster. Make sure you wear sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from getting burnt.