SUPBoarder Magazine Paddleboard Safety tips

1. Wind & Weather

Have you checked a recent weather forecast? Do you understand how the wind will affect your paddling? Is it meant to change whilst you’re afloat?

2. Location

Is your location suitable for the forecasted wind speed and direction? What specific hazards are there? e.g shipping lanes, weirs or fast flowing tide.

3. Tide or River Condition

Moving water can be dangerous. What is its speed and direction and how will it affect your paddling?

4. Clothing

Always dress appropriately for the water temperature. You might not intend to fall in but you never know! Do you know the different clothing options?

5. Personal Floatation

It’s recommended to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Which is the most suitable for your paddling? Buoyancy aid or waist belt PFD?

6. Communication & Emergency

Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back. Do you have a way to call for help? e.g. a phone, VHF radio or whistle.

7. Equipment

Ensure all your kit is well maintained and appropriate for the conditions. What else do you need to take? e.g water, extra clothing, suncream.

8. Leash

Coiled or straight, ankle or quick release? Do you know the different options and when to use each type?