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Being safe when out on the water paddle boarding is paramount. The RNLI and BSUPA have additional information on their websites - we have put links below to these.

 

We have listed some of the main points here to help you make the right decisions in order that you can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

  • Children should only use the paddle-boards when they are being directly supervised by an accompanying adult.

  • If you can, always go with a friend. It’s more fun, and they can help you if you get into difficulty.

  • If you are going out alone, 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.

  • Bringing your phone to take some photos - make sure you keep it in a waterproof pouch. That way it won’t get wet, and you can use it to call for help in an emergency too.

  • Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out. If the water is too choppy, you might find it difficult, especially if you are a beginner. And be aware, the conditions can change quickly. 

  • Avoid offshore winds and strong winds. They will quickly blow you and your paddle board far out to sea, which can make it extremely tiring and difficult to paddle back to shore.  If you are standing on the beach and the wind is blowing out to sea – that is an off-shore wind.

  • You should wear a suitable personal flotation device. This can be a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket. Choose one that still allows you plenty of movement so you can paddle freely. Not only will it keep you afloat, but it will also help give you time to recover should you fall in – and the chances are you will!  As part of your hire fee, we supply each board with a Buoyancy Aid, which we recommend you wear.

  • Wear suitable clothing for the time of year. In the winter, you will want to use a wet or dry suit. In the summer, you might be able to get away with a swim suit. But if you are going to be in the water for a long time, you might want to upgrade to something that keeps you warm, should you get wet. 

  • You should always use a paddleboard with a leash. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to swim after your paddleboard if you fall off. The leash will also help you stay connected to your board if you get into trouble and will help you float.

  • If you are launching on a lifeguarded beach, speak to the lifeguards on duty about the best area in which for you to paddle.  Many beaches have a designated area for surfers and paddle boarders between black and white chequered flags. There should be less swimmers in this area, giving you more room to manoeuvre. Consider other water users by learning the rights of way in the surf. This can save you and others getting injured.

So to summarise the key points - PLOT:

P – Personal flotation – wear a Buoyancy Aid

L – Leash – make sure you wear your paddleboard leash

O – Off-shore Winds – Avoid at all times

T – Telephone – make sure you have one with you

 

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Safety Guidelines by the RNLI - Click Here or on the Logo

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Safety Guidelines by the BSUPA - Click Here or on the Logo

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