If you are a beginner paddle boarder, stand up paddle boarding can be daunting at first and you may find it tricky getting onto the board and standing up. We have put together a step by step guide to help you master standing up on your paddle board.
1. Choose your location wisely
Find a calm, still body water to paddle on when you are first starting out. We recommend places such as a lake or river with no currents and plenty of wide open space free from obstacles or other vessels.
2. Inflate your board
Make sure your board is inflated to its max psi and suitably stable to get out on the water with. Check out our Youtube video on how to inflate your paddle board.
3. Place the board on the water with the fins facing down and free from any obstructions.
4. Climb onto the board in a kneeling position with your knees in the centre of the board. The carry handle is usually indicative of the centre of the board and you should have one knee either side of this.
5. Place your paddle on the board on the side of one of your knees with one hand on this to use for balance if needed.
6. Slowly stand up one foot at a time, keep your head facing forward and engage your core to ensure optimum balance. Hold onto your paddle in one hand, you can use this for balance as you stand up.
7. Make sure you are centred in the board with your feet either side of the carry handle, a shoulder width apart.
8. Bend your knees slightly and move your hands into position on the paddle and place this into the water.
9. Engage your core as you take paddle strokes to maintain your balance on the water.
10. Don't be afraid to fall off! It happens to the best of us. Paddle boarding can take time to get your confidence standing up, but with practice you will get there.
Don't forget, if you are struggling to stand up on your board, try kneeling on the board instead! The beauty a paddle board is their flexibility on the water for beginners and intermediates alike.