How To Get Started Paddle Boarding
Last Updated on September 21, 2020
Paddleboarding is an excellent activity for relaxation while surfing the ocean. The main component for paddleboarding is a good-quality paddleboard. There are a few techniques that you can use to perform paddleboarding.
You can lie down or kneel on the board and move your arms in a swimming motion, or you can use a paddle and stand on the board to surf the ocean on a paddleboard. Paddleboarding is mainly performed in the open ocean, and the best part of paddleboarding is, it allows the paddler to reach the narrowest areas of the sea where boats or kayaks are incapable of entering.
If you are an efficient and experienced paddle boarder, the chances of you knowing the basics are high, but if you are a beginner, then this is going to be quite helpful for you, as we are going to discuss the basics of paddle boarding and how to start it. To get the paddle boarding started, you must know the basics and also the necessary equipment you need while paddleboarding.
Other than a paddleboard and a paddle, a paddle boarder also needs a PFD, also known as Personal Flotation device. When you are on a paddleboard, you are basically on a comparatively small and narrow surface, so the chance of capsizing or falling from the surface is maximum.
In an open ocean, the waves are unpredictable. So, even if you know swimming, you must wear PFD for protecting yourself from sinking. No one should risk their lives for any adventures and overconfidence. Adventure sports and activities are fun when done with full protection. Now when you have all the required components for paddleboarding, it is the time to know how to get started.
Launch the paddleboard
You can carry your paddleboard by the carry handle, or you can carry it above your head till you reach the water surface. For a short distance, you can hold the board by your side while carrying. It is up to your comfort. So, carry it and walk into the water.
You can place the board on the water and push it instead of carrying it when you are in the water. Continue walking until you reach the deep-knee water. If you are still carrying the board and haven’t placed it yet, then place it on the water and put the paddle across.
You can not at once stand up or lie down on the paddleboard. Here also you need to follow some techniques to balance yourself on the board and not falling. When you have properly set up the paddleboard, steadily jump on the board on your knees holding the board rails. Do not move frantically.
After a while, start paddling for quite some time and continue till you reach much deeper water. When you reach comparatively deeper, start paddling faster and then try to stand up on the paddleboard.
How to stand up
To stand up on the paddleboard, first, place your toes where your knees where. Make sure the nose of the paddleboard is not popping out of the water, neither the tail is digging in. This position of your paddleboard on the water will let you know that it is well balanced.
When you are placing your toes, make sure to put one foot at a time. You need to sit just behind the center of the board, not right at the center. Now place your hands on the sides after a session of faster paddling and slowly stand up until your back is straight and your toes facing forward with your feet parallel. If needed, you can balance yourself by slightly bending your knees.
Perfect the balance
Keep in mind that balancing while standing must be done with the hip. Do not look down at your feet, rather look ahead. Make the much-needed adjustments to perfect the balancing. You will yourself understand when to stop the adjustments and movements as you will feel the stability upon you and your paddleboard perfectly balancing.
As a beginner, you must opt for shorter strokes while paddling, Switch sides after every 5-6 strokes. While holding the paddle, keep the arms and back straight. You need to bend your elbows slightly and gather all the strength in your core. Take the blade with all the power as forward as possible, keeping the paddle close to the paddleboard. When it’s fully submerged, pull it back only up to your feet, not above.
Starting a paddleboard is becomes quite easy and subconscious effort after a few practice sessions. If in any case, you fall, do not panic. You are not going to sink as you are wearing your PFD.
If you have already anticipated the fall, then try to fall on your back and reach your paddleboard as quickly as possible. If you have lost your paddle, then kneel down and slowly navigate with your arms. Make sure you are not wearing heavy clothes. Dress up appropriately, and this is all you need for paddle boarding.
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