PADDLEBOARD WATER SAFETY TIPS & GEAR

As the days get longer and hotter, we increasingly find ourselves on the water. A little preparation goes a long way towards having a fun summer on your stand up paddleboard. Today, we'll go over some summer safety gear and basics.

Grab Your PFD
A SUP is technically defined as a boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, when it's used as a form of transportation. As required by law, paddleboarders must carry a life jacket on board their vessels at all times, along with a noise-making device, such as a whistle. It doesn't have to be worn, although that's certainly the wisest plan and one which we strongly recommend. An inflatable PFD is a lightweight and convenient way to keep a life jacket with you at all times while on the water.

Wear Your Leash
In light of recent tragic events, leashes have gained a lot of attention. If you are tired, lost or far from shore, a leash will keep your board tethered to you. Even in a light breeze, your SUP, if not attached to your body by a leash, can travel out of your reach in seconds. Your paddleboard is your best flotation device, so it's important to keep it attached to you even if you're wearing a PFD.

Sun Exposure
A long day in the sun can sneak up on you! Stay hydrated, carry food, and make sure you have sun protection such as a wide-brimmed hat and waterproof sunscreen. A sunburn can happen within 15 minutes, so protect yourself!

Buddy System
It's always a good idea to paddle with a partner, plus it's extra fun! If you find yourself in a situation where you're on the water solo, make sure someone knows where you plan to paddle and when you expect to return.

A few extra things to think about would be a helmet if you're surfing whitewater, a light if you’re out after dark, and to be aware of the forecasted weather as summer storms can come on quickly. Stand On Liquid is here to answer any of your SUP questions and to equip you for a safe and fun season on the water.

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