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?