Stand up paddle boarding is a popular activity for people of all ages and activity levels. This means that there is a wide range in the level of ability and confidence amongst paddle boarders. We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy this water sport which is great for fitness and overall wellbeing. Here are the key things you can do to keep yourself safe while out on your SUP.
Use a leash
Make sure you know and use the right leash for the conditions. This varies depending on which type of body of water you are in. Rivers and currents have different requirements to lakes, which differs again to surf.
Wear a correctly-fitted lifejacket

Sometimes referred to as a PFD (personal flotation device) or buoyancy aid, a lifejacket is an essential item when out on the water. Ensure your lifejacket, and that of anyone you are paddling with, is correctly fitted. If you don’t have a lifejacket you can borrow one from us from one of our Auckland Lifejacket Hubs.

2+ waterproof forms of communication
Always take at least two forms of waterproof communication with you in case you need to call for help. This can include a mobile phone in a waterproof bag and a whistle on your lifejacket.
Check the conditions and be prepared for them to change
Weather and water conditions can change quickly. Check the forecast before you go and be prepared for the conditions to change while you are out paddling.
Tell someone your plan
Before you head out, tell someone on shore where you are going and when you expect to return.

Check out this video from our friends at New Zealand Stand Up Paddle which covers these key points. They go more indepth in aspects of SUP safety on their website.

Adult Water Safety e-learning

Learn more about staying safe while enjoying water-based activities by completing our Adult Water Safety e-learning module.