When learning to Stand-up Paddleboard, losing your balance is sometimes inevitable. Learning how to properly fall (yes, there’s a correct way to fall!) is as important as learning to stand up on the board. Here are some tips to keep you safe:
- If possible, always start out in flat, calm water and before you stand up, make sure there’s plenty of depth.
- If you lose your balance, be sure to aim to either side of your paddleboard so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board is more likely to cause bumps and bruises.
- Paddles float, so if you fall, let it go – it won’t sink. If you hold onto the paddle, it can cause injury to your arm.
- Don’t get separated from your board (wearing a SUP leash is recommended). Once you’re in the water, swim to your board first, then retrieve your paddle.
- Always (ALWAYS) wear a PFD. Even some of the strongest swimmers have found themselves in situations where a life jacket saved their lives.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, HAVE FUN! I always say that falling in is half the fun. So, if you’re gonna fall in, why not make a splash?! After all, falling is just another way to fly.