For beginning paddleboarders, there are a few important tips to keep in mind before engaging in this exciting activity.
1. Have the proper gear.
Research different types of boards before purchasing one, and search for a paddle that is the right height. It's always important to wear a life jacket and a comfortable outfit one can swim in. This means wet suits for colder weather and bathing suits for warm weather.
2. Keep the board on a leash.
Paddleboards are much larger and heavier than surfboards, and one paddleboard going rogue could seriously injure or kill someone in rough conditions. Make sure to wear a leash to connect the board to the wrist or ankle.
3. Practice with someone experienced.
Having an expert along for the experience can help inspire confidence and make sure the basics, such as paddling, approaching rough waves, and paddleboarding etiquette, are easier to understand.
4. Learn how to fall properly.
Even experienced paddleboarders take a tumble now and then, and for those starting out, it's inevitable. Always try to fall into the water, as falling onto the board presents a greater risk of injury.