Paddleboarding solo; follow these tips, and you’ll never fear it again
Choose Some Emergency ContactsKeeping someone informed of your adventure trip is the wisest step. Pick up three of your most trusted, loved, and near and dear ones and tell them of your plan before heading out. Also, make sure to:
• Share your GPS location using your smartphone with them.
• Tell them of your return date/time.
• Let them know a fixed time up till which, if they don’t hear from you, they should report you missing (Lord forbid that should ever happen, but just in case).
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
Pack everything you might need during the trip. To make things easy for you, here’s a checklist.
• Life jacket
• PFD and leashes
• First aid kit
• Warm clothing
• Drinking water
• Food/Snacks - especially those rich in calories
• Power bank for charging your smartphone
• Waterproof protection for your smartphone
Paddle Within Safe Limits
You may paddle as far as your adrenaline rush takes you but remember you will have to come back - it’s not optional; it’s mandatory. Therefore, when paddle boarding alone, go somewhere where there would be other people around, and most importantly, never paddle into unfamiliar waters alone.
When paddling out without company, never even try doing anything that you think may be beyond your paddling abilities. Additionally, avoid paddling in shallow rivers that have fast currents. Also, avoid waters that may have sharp rocks at the bottom.
Before venturing out into the waters, be attentive to the direction of the wind. In case you are going against the wind on your way back, do not waste your energy when setting paddling out into the waters. Avoid offshore winds completely, whatever the speed.
Safety comes first!
Paddle boarding is perhaps one of the most adventurous sports you can engage in. To get that much-needed adrenaline rush, it would be best to plan a paddle boarding trip with your friends. If a paddle boarding trip has been on your mind lately and you’re looking for some good-quality inflatable paddle boards for sale, head over to our SUP bundles!