Paddle Board Safety

Paddle boarding is an incredibly fun water sport that is fantastic for both your  physical and mental health. Understanding how to use your paddle board safely will enable you to get the most out of this amazing activity.

Firstly, we strongly advise taking lessons since you will learn important safety information and the fundamentals of paddling. For local paddle board teachers, see our Paddle Board Partners Page.

However, whether you're a beginner or if you're an experienced paddleboarder, here are our tips to make your paddle boarding trips safer. Produced in association with SUPBoarder's SUP Safe programme.

SUP Safe - What is a safe wind speed for paddle boarding UK?

What is a safe wind speed for paddle boarding UK? Have you checked a recent weather forecast? Do you understand how the wind will affect your paddling? Is it meant to change whilst you’re afloat? We use apps like Windy which show wind and tide strength and direction.

SUP Safe - Location

Is your location suitable for the forecasted wind speed and direction? What specific hazards are there? e.g shipping lanes, weirs or fast flowing tide.

SUP Safe - Tide or River Conditions

Moving water can be dangerous. What is its speed and direction and how will it affect your paddling?

SUP Safe - Clothing

Always dress appropriately for the water temperature. You might not intend to fall in but you never know! Do you know the different clothing options?

SUP Safe - Personal Flotation

It’s recommended to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Which is the most suitable for your paddling? Buoyancy aid or waist belt PFD?

SUP Safe - Communication & Emergency

Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back. Do you have a way to call for help? e.g. a phone, VHF radio or whistle.

SUP Safe - Equipment

Ensure all your kit is well maintained and appropriate for the conditions. What else do you need to take? e.g water, extra clothing, suncream.

SUP Safe - Leash

Coiled or straight, ankle or quick release? Do you know the different options and when to use each type?