Over the years, paddle boarding has continued to grow in popularity as it gives you the freedom to explore the beautiful waters the surround our planet. It is a fun way to be close to nature with the added benefits of a full-body workout, meditation and also socialization. Best of all, it’s perfect for people of all ages, body types and skill levels.

If you are wondering “Is paddle boarding hard?” or “where to start?” you’re in luck! We are here to provide a guide for beginners that they need to learn before first time out. So whether you’re looking for your first board or just want to know how to stay safe on the water, read on for some essential SUP advice.

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How to launch your paddle board

Firstly, walk into the water until about knee deep. Carrying your board by its center handle and setting the board on to the water’s surface at the same time. Be sure that the water is deep enough that the fin on your paddle board won’t scrape the bottom even with the weight of you on it. 

Then place your one knee on the board followed by the other kneed while using your hands to help stabilize yourself and the board. Practice paddling on your knees until you feel fairly comfortable. When you feel like you’re ready to try standing, it’s time to learn how to stand up!

How to stand on a paddle board

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It's best to choose a calm, flat water with no boats and floaters around for beginners. The board should feel comfortable and not unstable when standing up. Getting up on a paddle board may seem tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it it’ s actually pretty easy! Here is how to do it:

  • Attach the ankle leash if there is one.
  • Find the center of the board --it’s easy to find as this is where the handle is located on most boards. Climb onto the center in a kneeling position, so that the head of the board will not tilt up and the tail will not sink into the water.
  • Put your hands on your paddle in front of you bring each knee up to your chest, so you’re in a squatting position.
  • When you feel like you are balanced, slowly stand up. Try to keep your heels flat as you come up from a squatting position.
  • Your feet should parallel to the stringer -- about shoulder width apart. While keep a slight bend in the knees and your core centered over the board.

Congratulations…You’re standing! But we’re not through yet. You may be up on your feet now, but you’ll want to make sure you’re in the perfect position on your board and keep balance.

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How to keep balance on paddle board

You could easily start paddling now, but we’re here to get you in tip top shape. There are a handful of things you can do to maintain your balance on the board:

  • Stand in the middle of the board, not to one side.
  • Keep your toes facing forward and your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
  • Your gaze should be level at the horizon, avoid staring at your feet.
  • Your gaze should be level at the horizon, avoid staring at your feet.
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