Top 10 Tips of Stand-Up Paddleboating
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Source: COAST GUARD COMPASS
With the rise in popularity, many paddleboarders often forget that being on a paddleboard requires the same safety precautions and vigilance as any other activity on the water. With National Safe Boating Week (May 20 - 25, 2012) underway, now is a perfect time to brush up on some paddleboarding tips and most importantly, water safety practices.
The first thing to know about stand-up paddleboarding is that a paddleboard is a vessel
when used “beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area.” If
a paddleboard is used within a designated “swimming, surfing or bathing area,”
the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.
What does this mean for you? When using a paddleboard beyond the limits of the swimming, surfing or bathing area, you need to be as prepared as you would be when using what is considered a traditional vessel, which includes wearing a life jacket.
Whether you are a seasoned paddleboarder or new to the activity, here are some other tips when it comes to using stand-up paddleboards.
1. Wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle
2. Be a competent swimmer
3. Know how to self rescue
4. Know how to tow another board
5. Know the local regulations and navigation rules
6. Understand the elements and hazards – winds, tidal ranges, current, terrain
7. Know when to wear a leash
8. Be defensive – don’t go where you aren’t supposed to be and avoid other
swimmers, boaters, paddleboards
9. Use proper blade angle to be the most efficient paddle boarder
10. Take a safety course