Paddleboarding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and it can be done year-round. However, it's important to take some precautions when paddleboarding in cold weather. Quroc paddle boards are extremely robust and built for adventure but preparation is key, so here are some things you need to know:
1. Dress Appropriately
The most important thing to remember when paddleboarding in cold weather is to dress appropriately. You'll want to wear layers of clothing that will wick away moisture and keep you warm. We recommend a drysuit, especially if you're going to be in the water for a long time.
2. Be Aware of the Water Temperature
The water temperature can drop significantly in cold weather, and this can be dangerous if you're not careful. Be sure to check the water temperature before you go paddleboarding and, unless you're surfing in full winter kit, avoid going out if it's below 10 degrees centigrade.
3. Paddle with a Friend
It's always a good idea to paddle with a friend, especially in cold weather. This is because if you fall in the water, you will have help you get back on your board or to shore.
4. Know Your Limits
Don't push yourself too hard when paddleboarding in cold weather. Take breaks often, and don't go out for too long. If you start to feel cold, get out of the water immediately.
5. Wear a PFD
A personal flotation device (PFD) is always a good idea, but it's especially important when paddleboarding in cold weather. If you fall in the water, a PFD will help you stay afloat.
- Make sure you follow our Paddle Board Safety Advice
- Choose a sheltered location to paddle in.
- Be aware of the weather forecast and avoid paddling in strong winds or rain.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Eat a healthy meal before you go paddleboarding.
- Warm up before you start paddling.
- Cool down slowly after you finish paddling.
Paddleboarding in cold weather can be a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
By following these tips, you can safely enjoy paddleboarding in cold weather.