SUP-Safe: A Simple Guide

Posted by Jess Davies

Inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards make pretty much any stretch of water or coastline accessible for all - which is one of the main reasons we all love paddle boarding. However, no matter whether you are a seasoned professional or taking your first steps on a paddle board it is important to carry out a few important SUP Safety checks to ensure you make the most of your time on the water.

'If in doubt, don't go out.'

SUP-SAFE CHECKLIST:

1. Always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. Don't leave the house without a mobile phone or communication device.

2. Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out - they can change quickly.

3. Avoid offshore winds or dangerous water currents.

4. Always go with a friend.

5. Wear a suitable personal flotation device (PFD).

6. Wear suitable clothing for time of year.

7. Always wear your leash and hold onto your board if you get into trouble - it will help you float.

8. Inflate your board between 15-22 psi to ensure a stable and stiff board.

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