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How to be safe when Paddleboarding! - Shipmates

How to be safe when Paddleboarding!

Paddleboarding is a fun and exciting water sport that allows you to explore the open water while getting a great workout. However, it's important to remember that safety should always come first when you're out on the water. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while paddleboarding.

  1. Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Always wear a PFD while paddleboarding, it is the most important safety equipment you can have.

  2. Check the Weather: Before you head out on the water, be sure to check the weather forecast. If the conditions look bad, it's best to stay on shore.

  3. Check the Water Conditions: Be aware of the water conditions, such as currents, waves, and wind. These can all affect your ability to control your board and can be dangerous if you're not prepared.

  4. Know Your Limits: Don't push yourself beyond your limits when paddleboarding. If you're not comfortable in a certain area or with certain conditions, it's best to stay away.

  5. Learn Basic First Aid: If something goes wrong, it's important to know how to take care of yourself and others. Learn basic first aid skills so you can take care of yourself or others if an accident occurs.

  6. Carry a means of Communication: Always carry a phone or a VHF radio with you when you're out on the water. This will help you to stay in contact with others and to call for help if you need it.

7.Be aware of other water users: Be aware of boats, jet skis, and other water users when you're out on the water. They may not be able to see you, so be sure to stay alert and be visible.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your time on the water while staying safe. Remember to always put safety first and to have fun!

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