Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is Booming Worldwide, And It’s A Hit With Newbies. If you’re new to the sport of stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, you’ll want to do everything right and be prepared for your first time on water. Here are a few safety tips to make sure you stay safe and have a blast at the same time: 1. Do Your Research 2. Wear the Right Gear 3. Stay Alert 4. Know Your Limits 5. Wear the right gear.
No matter your budget, this guide has got you covered. Budgeting is a difficult task when it comes to purchasing life jackets. All parents and all children should have access to quality products no matter the price. Life jackets should be built with safety in mind. The more expensive ones tend to come with more features while the less expensive models aren’t necessarily more effective. Yet, the more expensive models tend to be constructed better so they perform just as strong.
Paddle Board Bouyancy Aids
So should I wear a buoyancy aid whilst paddle boarding? In our opinion, the answer is yes, however depending on where you are going paddle boarding various governing bodies also legally mandate it too.
It’s fair to say that some paddlers wear them, some paddlers don’t. Sometimes wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is a personal choice. There are many benefits to having a personal flotation device. Not only are they an essential safety tool, but they also provide increased confidence and comfort when paddleboarding. There are many styles of PFDs today that offer many less obvious benefits, making choosing one to wear across a wide range of pursuits very worthwhile.
From a personal point of view having a PFD with me is as important as a dry suit or wetsuit on some extreme watersports activities. Quality personal flotation devices are essential across a wide range of activities and conditions.
Paddle board life jacket
Should I wear a life jacket paddle boarding? PFDs have become increasingly popular due to the popularity of paddling sports, such as canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling. For those unfamiliar with PFDs, they are designed to keep a person floating in the water if they are pulled out through the waves or something similar. The PFD will inflate in the event of a fall or an accident. They are actually quite good at it; many paddle boarders have tested their effectiveness for safety and outfitted themselves with them.
A number of brands in the marketplace have started producing PFD belts. When you’re paddling out on your kayak or paddle board, the PFD should be deflated and folded up within the belt around your waist. In the event of an emergency, you remove the PFD out of the belt and slip it over your neck as you would with a life jacket on an aeroplane.
The key thing to note is that laws regarding safety equipment you need to have whilst paddling really do differ by location – so check with the coastguard or owner of the waterway you are going to use if in doubt.
Paddle board life vest
For recreational use, a foam vest will allow you to stay afloat longer if you do happen to fall in the water. We believe that ideally everyone using these devices should seek out proper training for recreational users and ensure that all users are briefed on safety guidelines and proper use of products.
If you want a PFD that’s smaller, get a manual inflatable PFD with a gas cartridge (an inflatable life vest). These buoyancy aids leave your shoulders free to move and are easy to fold. There are also some buoyancy aids with hydration bladders to make sure you stay hydrated while paddling.
What about neoprene life jackets?
Neoprene is a synthetic polymer made mostly of silicone. It’s flexible and soft and easy to shape. Because it’s water-resistant its used to make wetsuits, swimwear, swimming bags, lifejackets, outerwear, shoes, gloves, and much more.
At first glance it seems like neoprene life jackets look different to normal life jackets. You can pick up a life jacket and bend the material, which feels soft. These were invented for watersports such as wake boarding and water skiing. If you have the opportunity, try on an adult life jacket and compare it with a normal one. They also feel ‘much comfier’ in my opinion. HOWEVER the level of buoyancy can be a lot lower with the neoprene life jackets – this means they are fine for quiet lakes, but maybe not your best choice when going out on the sea.
So what do I need to check for when selecting a buoyancy aid?
The key thing is where you’re going to be using your paddle board. If it’s a lake where lots of other paddlers, sailors and watersports enthusiasts will be, then a standard buoyancy aid such as the Helly Hansen Unisex Buoyancy Aid will do just fine. You’ll recognise these type of buoyancy aids as they don’t have a collar that goes around the back of your neck. The other type of PFD that you could consider is the belt PFD (although not one of our preferred buoyancy aids – but better than nothing) like the Red Paddle Airbelt Personal Flotation Device (PFD)