What should I carry on a paddle board?
The EssentialsStandup Paddle Board (SUP)Paddle (carbon fiber is lighter; fiberglass is more durable if paddling with a lot of rocks)PFD (Personal Floatation Device: aka Life Jacket or inflatable PFD belt)Board Leash (wear on ankle or just below the knee)Fin(s) (make sure you have the pin(s)!)More items
What should I wear for first time paddle boarding?
Dress right. Paddle boarding attire is straightforward; you dont need a wetsuit to start with unless you plan on falling in! Just make sure youre warm; gloves and boots are ideal for colder days.
Is it hard to stand up paddle board?
Stand up paddle boarding is an incredibly easy water sport to learn, and you can become an expert paddle boarder in no time. People of all ages and fitness levels are capable of learning to paddle board in just a few hours with proper instruction.
Do you wear shoes while paddle boarding?
There is no need to wear shoes, trainers or sneakers on your board, most boards have rubber grip for your feet giving good balance and grip. There are no benefits to wearing shoes when paddle boarding. Keep them for running. There are very many wears out there that are well made for the use by people who paddleboard.
Do you need to swim to paddle board?
You do not need to know how to swim to paddleboard. However, it is advised to wear a life jacket and practice in still, calm waters between 20” and 30” deep. A lagoon would be the best and safest location to do so.
Is it better to paddle board at high or low tide?
In most locations, the worst and least safe tide state for beginners to go paddleboarding will be mid-tide. At high or low tide the water is slack and the current is weak, whereas during mid-tide the body of water is moving at its quickest and most powerful. Water depth also factors into the strength of the tide.
Can you paddleboard without a life jacket?
If you are riding your paddle board in areas that are not for swimming, bathing, or surfing, you are legally required to have a USCG-approved life jacket. Also, children who are 12-years old or younger are required to wear them at all times.
Do you need water shoes for SUP?
While certainly not essential for SUP, water shoes are an affordable piece of gear that are extremely beneficial. Water shoes prevent your toes from getting caught in the D-rings on the deck of your SUP. Wearing paddling shoes protects the tops of your feet from sunburn.