FUNDAMENTAL GUIDELINES TO STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
A couple of years ago we wrote a short blog listing the 10 most important guidelines to “paddle by”. It is not surprising that these same guidelines apply today.
Whether you are going out for a paddle by yourself, with a friend, or taking a group out on the water, it is important to adhere to the following principles:
- Always leave a float plan with some one you trust. The float plan includes:
- The number of paddle boards and preferably colors of the boards also.
- Your car’s color, make and license number.
- Where you will be launching from, the route you will be taking and the destination site.
- The time you are expected to return.
- What the trusted person should do if they have not heard from you by a certain time such as contacting the Coast Guard, or Law Enforcement or Fire Rescue.
- The phone numbers of the agencies to contact in case of emergency, so no precious time would be wasted if need be.
- Optional information such as: medical concerns, paddling abilities, description of group members and how well you are prepared in terms of rescue and shelter gear.
- The number of people in your group.
- Dress for immersion (getting wet!) and wear your PFD and leash. Paddleboard PFD
- Check weather forecast and tide predictions before you launch.
- Use gear appropriate for the conditions and keep safety gear accessible. Paddleboard Gear
- Know your skills and paddle within your limits.
- Practice rescue drills regularly and expand your repertoire.
- Don’t paddle in water that’s rougher than the water you have trained in.
- Keep things simple.
- Don’t become a victim yourself. If some one else becomes a victim make sure you assess the situation first before charging into a bad location and get hurt like your paddling buddy just did. Don’t make a bad situation worse by adding yourself into the “needs help” side of the equation. Sometimes the best thing to do is sit tight, assess the scene and then choose your best course of action based on the situation.
- Anything else that you can think of that will keep you and your fellow paddlers safe on the water.
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