Paddle Sports Safety
If you are new to paddle sports, start off slow and then ease off. Take the time to gather in the information that will keep you safe.
Soft fins and helmets reduce the risk of injury, and are recommended as a way to enhance safety-especially for newcomers.
Building up your stamina maintains the balance between your physical and mental capacity, and gets you home safely. Always plan your trips out on the water around your ability to complete your outings with energy to spare.
Watching videos, reading about technique, and learning from seasoned paddlers will enhance your early experiences out on the water.
Hone your skills on calm waters. If you are in an environment that introduces you to waves or choppy waters, learn from the paddlers that are comfortable in these challenging conditions.
Having an understanding of first aid makes you an asset for everyone around you. Learn what you can about safety, and pass it on.
Paddling under the influence of anything other than your enthusiasm for the sport clouds your connection to the common sense that ensures your safety.
Personal flotation devices and having the gear that supports your well-being in any and all conditions will minimize the risks that you encounter. It is always necessary not to put yourself in a situation that exceeds your ability to handle the conditions around you.
The paddle itself provides some flotation, so hang onto it. And a surf leash ensures that the board doesn’t get away from you.