Stand Up Paddle boarding, or SUP, is a water sport, and with any water activity, there are inherent risks. Your safety is our number one concern and we take every required precaution, and then some.
- Required safety equipment includes personal flotation devices (PFDs) and whistles. These are included in your rental.
- Additionally, we provide ankle leashes, which are arguably the most important piece of safety equipment, as they keep you tethered to the board in case you “jump” in the water.
- If you lost your balance and have tipped past the point of no return, go all the way! Fall into the water instead of on the board. The water has a lot softer landing than the hard board. Plus we don’t want a separated or dislocated shoulder or worse!
- To climb back on the board while floating, swim to the side of board near the center carry handle. Grab the handle and pull your chest onto the deck of the board before reaching across to far side of board to pull yourself back on the board.
- Give docks, boardwalks, anchored boats, other paddlers, swimmers, etc. at least a board length separation. We don’t want to fall into objects or people where we could injure ourselves or someone else.
- Yield to motorized watercraft. Although you have the right-of-way as a human-powered vessel, it is best to yield to boats, as they are not always observant and could cause serious harm.
- Paddle with a partner. Not only is it more fun to enjoy the water and wildlife with someone else, having a paddle buddy could save your life if a medical emergency occurs while on the water. Consider carrying a phone in a waterproof dry bag as well.
- WIND. Paddle boarding quickly becomes sailing when the wind picks up. Your body catches the wind and you move quickly in the direction that the wind is blowing. Always start heading directly into the wind, so that you can hopefully finish with the wind at your back. Winds however can change direction during your outing. If you discover that you are having difficulty paddling into a headwind, sit down with feet in front and choke down near the bottom of the paddle shaft. QUICK forward strokes will allow you to make progress in a strong headwind. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to lay down with the paddle blade tucked under the chest and paddle shaft extending forward. Paddle with hands on the sides of the board in a swimming fashion. Reducing your sail in this fashion will allow you to make progress in strong head- and side-winds.