Outdoor recreation continues to boom with stand up paddle boarding being one of the headline activities

The SUP industry continues to innovate to offer accessible equipment for use for the whole family, both in ocean and open water environments.

Although the buoyancy of a board offers provides a crucial floatation aid in an emergency, it is important to consider our safety tips to enjoy your SUP session.

We have teamed up with Red Paddle to simplify the safety message to SUP safe. Take a look at a safety video prepared by Red Paddle.

Top water safety tips for SUP - PLOT your paddle

  • Personal Floatation Device - Always wear a buoyancy aid - if you fall into the water it will help you float and keep your airway clear
  • Leash - Use an ankle leash for surf or non-flowing water and a quick release waist-belt leash for flowing water or tidal waterways
  • Offshore Winds - Check the weather conditions, taking note of local currents and the wind direction - DO NOT paddle in offshore winds
  • Telephone - Take a mobile phone with you in a waterproof pouch, if you are in trouble -  call 999. Ask for the Fire and Rescue Service when inland and the Coastguard if at the coast. 
  • If you get into difficulty, stay on top of your board and signal for help
  • If you fall into the water and lose you board - Stay calm, float on your back and call for help

Further tips

  • Let somebody know where you are heading and what time you're due to be back
  • Paddle with somebody else, it's more fun and they can help in an emergency
  • Launch and recover in the relevant lifeguarded zone (black and white flags if at the coast)
  • Understand your capability in the conditions, if you're unsure paddle another day
  • Stay clear of swimmers and other paddlers

Bystander rescue during your SUP session

Bystander rescue saves lives and out on the water you could play a critical role in saving somebody else.

  • If there is a dedicated rescue service on land raise the alarm with them before you attempt a rescue
  • Take a mobile phone with, if you see somebody in trouble in the water -  call 999. Ask for the Fire and Rescue Service when inland and the Coastguard if at the coast. 
  • Never enter the water to rescue - Your personal safety, in any situation is the number one priority 
  • Avoid direct contact with somebody in trouble. Your paddle is a good reaching aid that you can release quickly
  • Know how to perform CPR and learn some basic lifesaving skills

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