Golden Rules of Water Safety

Last updated on Apr 6, 2022 by Goosehill

Table of contents

1. Check your equipment

2. Check yourself

3. Put on a leash

4. Wear a PFD

5. Let someone know where you are going

6. Bring your phone with you

7. Check the weather before you go

8. Familiarize yourself with where you are going

9. Bring someone with you

10. Practice rescuing yourself

11. Stay Calm

Whenever you are out on the water, safety always comes first. You need to know how to keep yourself safe while you paddle. 

Below are several water safety tips for paddle boarders. 

Check your equipment

Everytime you want to go our for a few hours fun on the water, check your gear before you leave and make sure it’s in good condition and check again at your paddling location.

Check if your board is pumped up to the recommended PSI, your paddle is assembled correctly and all of your equipment is suitable for the conditions you are going to be paddling in.

Check yourself

You need to make sure what you are wearing is suitable for the weather and most importantly, the water temperature. Prepare yourself for falling in.

Put on a leash

Always wear a leash when you are out on the water. If you are going to be paddling on flat water or surfing, use an ankle leash. If you are going to be paddling in tidal waterways or whitewater paddling, wear a quick release waist-belt leash which would allow you to release yourself quickly if you are caught up in river strainers or obstacles.

Wear a PFD

Wear a PFD whenever you are out on the water. There are various types of buoyancy aids and you should choose one according to your own needs. If you are not a very good swimmer, choose a life jacket that can keep your face up when you fall into the water. The odds of accidents are very low, but it’s always best to prepare for it. 

Let someone know where you are going

If you are going to be paddling out alone, let someone know where you will be going and when they can expect you to return. Make sure you call at a certain time to make sure you don’t find yourself stuck in somewhere you are not familiar with without any backup. And make sure the person on the other end knows what to do if you do call for help.

Bring your phone with you

Take a communication device with you. And if you are in trouble, call 999 here in the UK and ask for the Coastguard. 

Check the weather before you go

Check the weather forecast in advance. Familiarise yourself with different wind and tide conditions and how they can affect your paddling experience. Check the local weather forecast thoroughly to make sure the weather is suitable for paddle boarding the whole day.

If on a river, heavy rainfall upstream from your location can cause sudden surges in river levels and cause lazy, meandering rivers to become raging torrents in a short time. Fast moving water could post a threat to your safety and you need to be a very skilled paddler if you want to navigate through the waves, eddies, and strong currents.

If you’re on a lake or on the sea, even a slight pick up in wind can make paddling extremely difficult and even lead to capsizing. 

Familiarize yourself with where you are going

If possible, talk to other local paddlers, surfers, kayakers, or sailors to get ready for paddling in that location. They might be able to give you some useful information on the area like hidden dangers, tidal movement, wind direction and local effects. 

Bring someone with you

If you bring someone with you to your SUP session, you two can watch out for each other. It’s always safer to paddle with a mate, or in a group. And paddle boarding is like board games, the more the merrier. 

Practice rescuing yourself

It’s important to know how to rescue yourself when in a dangerous situation. Practice getting back on your board in calm water and when you do fall in in rougher conditions, it’ll be easier for you to remain calm and get back on the board because you are already familiar with the procedure. 

Stay calm

It’s important to know how to rescue yourself when in a dangerous situation. Practice getting back on your board in calm water and when you do fall in in rougher conditions, it’ll be easier for you to remain calm and get back on the board because you are already familiar with the procedure. 

As is said earlier, the odds of accidents are very low, but you still need to be prepared for it. Be sure to wear a PFD and stay calm no matter what happens. 

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