If you live in the middle of London you very well could be lucky enough to see someone perfect Stand up paddle boarding once who has mastered this sport. To learn to stand up paddleboard effectively takes a couple of days and requires a little bit of learning.
Here are some helpful tips on how to learn to stand up paddle board. Firstly do not be afraid to stand up paddle board if you are confident that you can do it. Secondly, start off sitting down, always in a calm manner unless what you are practising is white-water rafting. Thirdly, take a paddle, even if you think you do not need one. fourth and fifth, if you are a beginner or taking part in a test, wear a life jacket, and most importantly do not underestimate the water. Your life will depend on it. Learn to paddle on calm water, and you will enjoy it, and have many wet moments, but you will also learn to protect yourself from hypothermia.
Moving to the water, on a SUP paddleboard the most effective way to move around in a forward motion is to initially catch the paddle with your paddle hand and then the opposite arm. This enables you to paddle with more speed and efficiency. If you are already white-water rafting, you will understand the importance of paddle durability. This is another reason why beginners enjoy white-water rafting more than many other outdoor activities! Paddle boards that are ‘loose-fitting’ to your body enable you to have a stable platform upon which to ‘sit’ while white water rafting, which can be useful when travelling over rough and slippery conditions.
Before you take part in a SUP paddleboarding session, research the conditions best suited for your skill level. What level of water are you going to be training in? What equipment will you need? What kind of clothing will you need? You may be able to borrow or rent the equipment that you need for a longer session, so do a thorough search first. Make sure you have all the correct materials before embarking on any training. Find out the location of the training facility and whether the water specialist there is experienced in supervising beginners.
It is a good idea to take part in a basic first-aid course beforehand on the location you have chosen for your training. This can ensure that you have all the information that you require when it comes to adverse terrain. If you are concerned about an injury, have a medical kit with you and carefully check any details you have asked about. You would not want to cause yourself any harm unnecessarily and to be able to prevent any harm from happening, as the motto goes.
It can be a lot of fun to go to a white-water rafting camp and combine training and riding in the same session, ensuring that you have a superb time in the water and on the white water rafting boards. But before you take on the water you need to ensure you have the skills and temperament to cope with white water in the wrong gear.