We've put together this handy checklist to help paddle board beginners get ready for heading out onto the water.
1. Check your equipment
Take a good look at your board before you head out onto the water. When did you last use your paddle board? It is important to clean and maintain your board to ensure it has no wholes or damage before it is inflated. We recommend an all rounder paddle board for maximum stability and enjoyment on the water.
2. Check conditions
It may sound obvious, but what is the weather doing? Ensure you check the forecast before you head out onto the water. Some conditions can really effect the water, creating currents and waves that may result in your board becoming unstable. Look out for any heavy winds or stormy conditions that could lead to this. Even the sunnier conditions can be deceiving as the water temperatures will be a lot lower, make sure you take this into consideration when thinking about the below point.
3. Check your clothing
Relates to the above point on weather conditions, but do you have the adequate attire for the outdoors? At Quayboards, we recommend investing in a wetsuit for the colder conditions and a personal floatation device (PFD) to keep you safe in the water should you come off your board.
4. SUP with your squad!
Not only is it fun to paddle with others but there is definitely safety in numbers.
5. Scout the shoreline
If you are new to paddleboarding, sticking to the shoreline is an easy way to make sure you know where you are and avoids getting caught in any currents.