So, you’ll be paddleboarding for the first time? It’s understandable that you’re excited about it, but don’t let your excitement get in the way of organized planning for your new outdoor adventure.
One of the things that you should do is to make a checklist of the essential items that you will bring to your paddleboarding adventure. That way, you won’t miss out on anything and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your days – out on the water, paddleboarding to your heart’s content – without any worries.
1) Paddle board
Of course, you cannot do your paddleboarding without the the most essential item – the paddle board. It can be either a stand-up paddle board (SUP) or a surfboard, particularly if you’re going to do standup paddleboarding in particular. Paddle boards are either made of pure wood or carbon fiber.
You cannot steer yourself on your paddle board without a good paddle. Aside from standard paddles, there are also adjustable paddles which are are incredibly easy to set up.
3) Personal flotation device (for paddleboarding)
A personal flotation device (PFD) is a wearable lifesaver. It usually comes in either a vest or belt form. PFD’s are not just a basic equipment; in fact, they are even required by law not only on paddle boards but on all other watercrafts. The reason is simple: PFD’s will save your life. If ever you flip over on your paddle board over or it gets carried away by the water, there’s the PFD, which is designed to make your body float until rescue arrives.
4) Leash or legrope
A legrope or a leash can be a small item, but it is a big thing that you should not definitely miss this. Because the leash could literally mean the difference between life and death, particularly if you’re paddling on an unexpected turbulent weather, feel tired or lost, or get accidentally flipped over. Usually, a leash should be longer than your paddleboard. There are two types of leashes: coiled (like the coil of the old telephone) or straight.
To those who are avidly into vlogging about outdoor activities in particular, the GoPro is a must-have. From tranquil lakes to action-filled white water rafting that beg to photographed and recorded, GoPro is the perfect gear to include in your paddleboarding activity. It takes professional-caliber action photos and videos (with its 12-megapixel camera and 1080p video), can withtand impact and is also waterproof.
5) Clothing and footwear
Wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear for paddleboarding allows you to move more flexibly and keeps you protected.
If you are paddleboarding in a warmer climate or warm waters, you should choose the following set of apparel:
– Swimsuit, swimming trunks or board shorts
– Sandals, neoprene booties or water shoes
– Sun-shielding hat
You should also bring sunscreen (water-resistant SPF 30+) and lip balm (water-resistant SPF 15+) to keep your skin and lips protected from the sun’s rays. It is also important to keep yourself hydrated so bring along a water bottle or a hydration reservoir. Also, don’t forget to bring some snacks.
If you are paddleboarding in a colder climate or cooler waters, you should wear any the following:
– Thermal top and bottoms
– Neoprene tops and bottoms