Paddle Boarding

Top water safety tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding – PLOT your paddle

  • Personal Floatation Device – Always wear a buoyancy aid – if you fall into the water it will help you float and keep your airway clear
  • Leash – Use an ankle leash for surf or non-flowing water and a quick release waist-belt leash for flowing water or tidal waterways
  • Offshore Winds – Check the weather conditions, taking note of local currents and the wind direction – DO NOT paddle in offshore winds
  • Telephone – Take a mobile phone with you in a waterproof pouch, if you are in trouble – call 999Ask for the Coastguard.


Further tips for your SUP session

  • If you get into difficulty, stay on top of your board and signal for help
  • If you fall into the water and lose you board – Stay calm, float on your back and call for help
  • Let somebody know where you are heading and what time you’re due to be back
  • Paddle with somebody else, it’s more fun and they can help in an emergency
  • Understand your capability in the conditions, if you’re unsure paddle another day
  • Stay clear of swimmers and other paddlers


If you see someone in trouble Don’t delay call 999


Paddle Board Safety