Some common-sense safety measures for paddleboarding in Florida
Like any water sport, SUP calls for common-sense safety measures. Here are a few key tips:
- Wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle.
- Take along plenty of water.
- Be a competent swimmer.
- Know how to self-rescue.
- Know how to tow another board.
- Know the local regulations and navigation rules.
- Understand the elements and hazards — winds, tidal ranges, current, terrain.
- Know when to wear a leash.
- Be defensive – don’t go where you aren’t supposed to be and avoid other swimmers, boaters and paddleboards.
- Use proper blade angle for efficiency.
- Take a safety course.
- Wear a rash guard or wet suit, depending on season and temperature.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Use a waterproof sleeve to hold car keys, phone and ID.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard and REI.com