The Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddling


this episode of stand up paddling TV is
brought to you by the ACA – improving the paddle sports experience for over a
century. Learn more at SUP-ACA.org The golden rules of
stand up paddleboarding are a set of rules that will help you paddle more
efficiently and also help keep you safe while you’re out on the water. To follow
the golden rules you’ll need to engage your core for all your strokes, wear a
life jacket and leash, and know where to go Engaging your core muscles for all
strokes will help you paddle the most effectively and efficiently, which means
you’ll be able to spend longer on the water, and you’ll be better equipped to
deal with challenging conditions. Using your core muscles involves rotating your
hips and your shoulders. When you’re wound up like this and you take a stroke, you’re
not going to be using your arms, but you’re going to be unwinding and using more muscle
groups in your core. This is going to help you paddle more efficiently, paddle
longer, and also paddle safely, because you’re using larger muscle groups. The
second golden rule is to wear a life jacket and leash when you stand up
paddle. In fact, paddleboards are considered a vessel by the US Coast
Guard, which means that you need to have a life jacket and whistle on hand if
you’re outside of a swimming or surfing area. If you can’t swim, it’s definitely a
great idea to wear an inherently buoyant life jacket, and there are some great
paddle specific models on the market that are comfortable to wear and won’t
restrict your movements. If you are a swimmer, you can consider an inflatable
lifejacket. The most popular inflatable life jackets for stand up paddling are
belt packs which are worn around your waist, but they’re also available as
vests. If you’re going to use a belt pack, they’re best worn in front so they
can be easily and quickly inflated if needed. Your board should also be
considered an important piece of safety gear, which is why a leash is such a key
piece of safety equipment – because it connects you to your board with a
strap. Unless you’re specifically paddling whitewater rapids or moving water
rivers where your leash can become snagged on a rock, a branch, or even on shore, it’s
very important to wear your leash, because if you ever do fall off, it’s
amazing how quickly wind and current can separate you from your board. The third
and final golden rule of stand-up paddling, is to know where to go. The best places for stand up paddling have protection from wind and waves, good
access points for launching and landing, and minimal motorized boat traffic. As a
general rule, if you venture into water that isn’t protected from wind and waves,
or if you travel further from shore then you can comfortably swim, you should be an
experienced and self-reliant paddleboarder. So there you have it, the three golden
rules of stand up paddleboarding. I hope you found this video helpful and if you
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