Stand-Up Paddling is freedom. When you glide quietly over the water, you don’t think about safety first, but even the best paddler can fall off the SUP board. A breeze drives the board away and suddenly you swim in the middle of a cold lake or sea. With our 6 tips for more safety during stand-up paddling you are well prepared for your next SUP tour.
Tip 1: Check the weather
Inform yourself in advance about weather, waves & wind forecast. Especially at the sea or on big lakes the weather can change abruptly. Therefore inform yourself in advance what the weather forecast says.
There are many good weather services for this online. Windfinder is especially popular with water sports enthusiasts and sailors. But you can also ask the local lifeguard.
Tip 2: Make yourself familiar with the water
Find out about special features such as danger spots, currents, shipping or nature reserves. This is especially advisable for unknown waters, as it is difficult to spot a current from the beach.
Also the shipping has to be considered. Not only ships can become dangerous, you can also quickly get into a route or block other SUPers. Therefore it is advisable to talk to local experts and lifeguards or to inform yourself in advance about danger warnings.
Tip 3: Wear a leash
The leash makes sure that your board stays close to you even with wind and waves and serves as a rescue swim aid when you are exhausted. The board is also better visible in an emergency situation than a single person in the water.
ATTENTION: In watercourses, wearing a leash can become a safety risk and is therefore not permitted.
It is important to note: A leash fastened to the upper body with quick release is easier to open in an emergency than a leash on the foot.
Tip 4: Wear a buoyancy aid
Wearing a life jacket when SUPing is useful and can save your life in an emergency. Nevertheless, many stand-up paddlers prefer to paddle without a lifejacket as it is bulky and uncomfortable.
Restube is therefore a sensible alternative to the classic life jacket. The buoy is compactly packed in a small bag and can be worn on a belt or directly on equipment. In an emergency, one pull of the trigger is enough to inflate the rest of the buoy in seconds using the built-in CO2 cartridge.
SUP world champion Sonni Höhnscheid also trusts in Restube: “When I am alone on the water and paddle a long distance, I really have a good feeling”.
Restube is available in a variety of versions, tailored to your needs. The RESTUBE PFD, which is also certified as a swimming aid, is completely new.
Tip 5: Safety regulations and rules
Pay attention to the local rules of the water, because on some lakes it is mandatory to wear a certified buoyancy aid like the RESTUBE PFD. These include, for example, Lake Constance and Switzerland.
It is best to take a SUP course beforehand. The VDWS water sports schools will be happy to help you so that you have great fun right from the start.
SUP schools that attach great importance to safety can also be found here:
Safety First! Our safety tips at a glance:
- Check the weather
- Make yourself familiar with the water
- Wear a leash
- Carry a buoyancy
- Safety regulations and rules
- SUP Course
We wish you a lot of fun out there!