Stand Up Paddling
Board Safety

 

These stand up paddle boards are big and can hurt you if you get hit by them, so dive far away from the board; stiff arm out with your grip hand holding the paddle so it doesn't hit you.

 

Stay under water for a bit; then come up with an arm block overhead because your leash will be stretched way out and the board will fly back at you.

 

You can break your paddle if you fall on it, or on to the board. You can also hurt yourself.

 

Throw the paddle away if you get caught in any uncontrollable situation, then swim back to retrieve the paddle once free.

 

No paddle = No fun!

 

 

Stand Up Paddle Boards are classified as Vessels

 

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has officially classified stand up paddleboards (SUP) as a vessel. This classification means that SUP users --when outside surf or swim zones or bathing areas -- are required to carry a lifejacket, or Personal Floatation Device (PFD), a whistle and, if out after dark, a flashlight to give fair warning to other boaters that they're in the area.

 

Aloha,

J. Blair

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