There is plenty to learn when you're a beginner at stand up paddle boarding, so it is fairly daunting when you're new to the sport. However, just like anything worth doing, it takes time and practice to get better at paddle boarding, so you have to be willing to put in the effort.
One of the key areas that concern all stand up paddle boarders is falling and stand back up on your board. While it might seem like the aim is not to fall off, even the most expert riders will still fall from time to time so it's a matter of learning how to do it safely and effectively.
Just like a high impact sport where there's a chance for injury, you need to learn the right way to fall when using your paddle board too. Here are a few tips for how to SUP and fall of that will keep you safe from injury and make it easier to learn.
Those who are new to stand up paddle boarding find the thought of falling scary, but it really doesn't need to be. Learning the easiest and safest way to fall is a must have skill for all boarders, even those lucky enough to have had minimal falls in their time.
Once you're in the water, it can be a tricky feat in itself just to get back on the board. These are some of the best tips for getting back on your stand up paddle board when you're already in the water.
Ask anyone who's been out on a SUP and they'll tell you how they instantly fell in love with the activity, and something this good is definitely worth learning.
Because there are so many dangers present in the water that we're just not used to on land, being efficient at falling and getting back onto your board is the easiest way to ensure your safety.
Some people might feel more comfortable attending a stand up paddle board safety class before heading out, otherwise, there are plenty of techniques you can try on your own.
A bit of practice in shallow water for fall-off and get on methods is all you'll need, and will give you the confidence that you can handle anything the open water throws at you.