Paddle Safe

Some common-sense safety measures for paddleboarding in Florida

COURTESY OF BOTE BOARD

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

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