Stand up paddle boarding
Stand up paddle boarding is a fast growing sport. It's a great way to keep fit while you're enjoying the region's magnificant waterways. Make sure you keep yourself safe by following these simple rules and guidelines.
- You must wear a lifejacket at all times.
- You must carry at least one form of waterproof communications with you, this could be a cellphone in a drybag.
Exceptions to the rules:
- Stand up paddle boards in the surf are exempt from carrying communications or carrying a lifejacket (or PFD) as long as they are leashed to the board.
- Consider using a leash, this will keep you and your board together.
- Avoid areas with heavy boat traffic, strong currents, and dangerous outcroppings.
- Keep a safe distance from swimmers.
- Get a lesson from a professional paddleboard instructor/school.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you'll be back.
- Check the weather and tides before heading out.
- Learn the basics in flat, calm water.
- Stay safe and paddle with a mate.