Paddle Board Instructions (Lesson)
Standing Up on Your SUP
When you’re new to the sport, its nice that we can take you to an area to start out in flat, calm water that’s free of obstacles like boats and buoys.
At first, you may find it easier to kneel on the board rather than to stand upright. Here are the steps to get you started:
Most people find it easy to start from a standing position because we have the unique ability to hop on your board from our pontoon boat.
If your not comfortable starting from a standing position thats ok, you can start from a kneeling position as well.
Climb onto the board in a kneeling position, just behind the center point of the board.
From that kneeling position, get a feel for the balance point of the board. The nose shouldn’t pop up out of the water and the tail shouldn’t dig in.
Keep your hands on either side of the board to stabilize it.
Once you’re ready, hold your paddle with your hands shoulder width apart, place you hand on the deck and stand up on the board one foot at a time. Place your feet where your knees were and your standing!!!
To maintain your balance as you stand upright on the board:
Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the board rails (edges). Don’t stand on the rails.
Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight.
Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
Your gaze should be level at the horizon. Avoid staring at your feet.
When your forward momentum increases, your stability increases as well.
Once you’re comfortable balancing on the board in flat water, it's time to take off, where the real fun begins.
Some pointers about the basic paddle boarding stroke:
If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top (left) hand is on the top of the grip.
The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you. This may look and feel counterintuitive at first.
Push down on the paddle grip with your top hand.
Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water.
At first, keep your strokes fairly short and close alongside the board. No need to overpower it.
A short stroke at the beginning of the paddle stroke will keep you going forward.
To go in a reasonably straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other.
When you switch sides, you’ll reverse hand positions.
There is a few advanced techniques we can teach you as well (If interested).
There are several easy ways to turn a paddle board.
Sidestroke: One way is to simply paddle on one side until the nose turns in the direction you want to go. Want to turn right? Paddle on the left. Headed to the left? Paddle on the right. This will make a long arcing turn.
Back paddle: A faster way to turn or reverse direction is to simply drag the paddle or paddle backwards on either side of the board.
Sweep stroke: Plant your paddle towards the front of the board and take a long sweeping stroke away from the board and towards the tail. Your board will turn to the opposite side of the stroke.
- PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, THESE ARE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS NOT NEEDED FOR OUR TOUR. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO PADDLE BOARD AND THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE MEANT TO BE USED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES. YOU WILL RECEIVE A SHORT LESSON ONBOARD FOR FREE (WITH PURCHASE OF TOUR).