3 Things You Should Know Before Giving Standup Paddle Boarding a Try

Paddle boarding
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Standup paddleboarding is one of those water sports that everyone seems to be trying this summer. You’ve probably been tempted to give this fun activity a shot as well, but here are a couple of things you should know before your very first SUP session.

Swimming Pro?

You don’t necessarily have to be a great swimmer to give SUP a try, but it’s recommended to know the basics. Falling off the board is pretty common, especially in the beginning, so knowing how to swim comes in handy, even if you’re wearing protective gear.

Equipment and Clothing

A life jacket isn’t the only piece of equipment you should take on your SUP adventures. Having a safety whistle, light, and a leash for your board is always a good idea. You should also make sure to wear clothes that will dry quickly in case you get wet, and always have sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat by your side.

Be Patient

If you want to take a part in a sports activity where everything will go smoothly from the get-go, SUP is not for you. In the beginning, this water sports will involve a lot of falling and getting back on your board because learning to stand up and keep your balance takes time and effort.