Imagine yourself standing at the top of the water, gliding ahead steadily, breaking the momentum of the waves below you. Simultaneously pleasing, calming, and adventurous, myself and thousands of other people have been lured into the world of paddle boarding. Today, I’ll guide you through the benefits of paddle boarding and how to get started with it.
Also known as stand-up paddle-boarding or SUP, paddle-boarding is a trending, fast-growing water sport. Adventurers are going head over heels to try it out, and many places are already welcoming them to come and experience paddle boarding with them.
In paddle-boarding, you stand on a surf board and use a paddle to propel you and your board in the water while sitting or standing. It’s an activity that you can enjoy solo, with friends, or perhaps even with your furry friend. And you aren’t limited to just standing on the board – you can also fish, race, meditate, or do yoga on the board. As long as the weather is right and the water is calm, SUP is something you can truly make your own!
The Benefits Of Paddle-Boarding
- It’s a healthy, low-impact cardiovascular aerobic workout for your whole body
- Releases stress and tension
- Improves balance
- Helps you manage weight and tone your body
How To Start Paddle-Boarding?
Now that you know the benefits of paddle-boarding, you’re likely eager to try it. The good news is you don’t need a beach, river, or a deep water body to do stand-up paddle boarding. Even if you live in a land-locked area, you can still enjoy paddle-boarding in smaller waterways. In fact, calmer and shallower bodies of water are best for beginners since you won’t be fighting strong currents.
I stumbled a lot while trying to learn to get on the board, so I want to make it easy for you. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to starting paddle boarding. But before you head towards the water with your board, make sure you have a leash on your feet.
- Board Handling
First, you must learn to handle your board so you don’t stumble and fall into the water. Lift your board from the center handle with the tail behind you. Don’t put the board in the water too early; wait until you reach knee-length depth.
- Paddle Handling
Secondly, make sure you are handling the paddle the right way. The correct way is to place your paddle angled forward, away from your body, so it gets maximum power to move the water and your paddle board. Grip height also matters when handling the paddle to navigate your board. Hold the paddle straight and near your board for swift movements.
- Safety Measures
Always put safety before adventures. Do not go for paddle boarding if it’s windy, there are high waves you can’t handle, or there are shallow reefs. Always wear a leash so you can keep a hold of it. Make sure lifeguards and other people are around for your help.
So, when are you leaving for your paddle-boarding adventure?