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Paddle Boarding Tips for Beginners

Be prepared to face the elements

Always check the weather conditions before heading out–you may be tough, but Mother Nature’s tougher! Prevent overexposure to the sun by covering up and staying hydrated. On colder days, consider that a drysuit or wetsuit can be a literal life-saver.

Be smart, and don’t panic

Be honest with yourself about your skill level. Don’t head out during a storm or ride a wave you aren’t sure of–catch my drift? If it does get too windy or you start to feel uncomfortable, DON’T PANIC. All you have to do to return to the shore is lie on your stomach and paddle, just like you would on a surfboard!

Keep that head up

There’s not much to see if you’re always looking down. Keep your chin up and check out the view! It promotes stability as it evenly distributes body weight.

Engage the core

Keep your arms from getting tired by using those abdominal muscles. Focus on engaging the core with every stroke!

Strap in

Don’t let winds and currents get the best of you. Prevent your board from floating away from you when you aren’t on it with a sturdy leash.

Respect others

Paddleboards are heavy and being crashed into isn’t fun. There’s more than enough room for everyone to have a good time on the water! Make sure to give yourself lots of space, and always be on the lookout for swimmers.

Take care of your gear

Don’t forget to give your gear a good rinse at the end of the day to keep it looking and feeling its best for years to come. Always make sure your board and accessories are completely dry before storing. Best to store in a dry, safe place.


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