Paddleboarding for Beginners

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If you’re not sure what paddleboarding is, this activity involves kneeling, sitting, or standing on a board (it looks similar to a surfboard) and using an oar to move yourself through the water. People try it on lakes, rivers, canals, and the ocean. If you fancy giving it a go, read this guide first so that you’re prepared.

Core Strength

Before they give paddleboarding a go, some people believe they have decent core strength. Then they experience the challenge of keeping themselves upright on the board, whilst paddling through the water. This seemingly relaxing water sport takes some serious balance, coordination, and core strength. It’s a good idea to start on your knees, which is easier and requires less balance. Stand up when you’re feeling brave and accept that you might go head-first into the water the first couple of times.

Water Quality

The dream of every paddleboarder is to make it out to the ocean, to slice through the waves as you travel along the shore. Whilst some make it look easy, maintaining balance and paddling ability in the sea is very hard. The waves add an element of surprise, and you have to be ready to adjust your paddle strokes and body weight at any moment. Start out on more serene waters, a canal or still lake are good options. Learn how the board moves through the water, and how your body behaves on the board, before taking it to the ocean.

Don’t Do it Alone

Like any water-based sport, paddleboarding can be dangerous. Try it out with a group of friends or family. Apart from being safer, you are sure to have lots of laughs watching each other struggle with balance and paddling. It’s a great bonding opportunity!