Step 3: Climb Aboard the Stand-Up Paddle Board
Step 4: Find Your Balance Point
Step 5: Stand Up
- Buoyancy Aids. It’s important to make sure your little one is safe when learning to stand-up paddle board. Even if they’re a good swimmer, a buoyancy aid will keep them safe when they fall into the water. Make sure your child is using the correct buoyancy aid for their weight and its used correctly.
- Stand-up Paddle Board. Your current SUP board might not be big enough to accommodate two people. An inflatable stand-up paddle board designed for beginners typically have enough space for two and are easier to manoeuvre, essential when you’re trying to balance with two.
- Stand-up Paddle Board Leash. When you’re learning to balance with two people, it’s likely that you may take a few tumbles -- a paddle board leash guarantees that your board never gets too far away from you.
- Wetsuit. Your little one may be spending quite a lot of time in the water and UK water temperatures can be rather chilly. A kids wetsuit can help keep them warm, allowing you to spend more time practising stand-up paddle boarding.
- Paddle. You’ll need a to make sure you can confidently move around the water. Investing in an adjustable paddle might be a good idea as you can adjust it to your child’s proper height to allow them to safely practice paddling.
Now that you’ve got the right gear, it’s time to introduce your child to the wonderful sport of stand-up paddle boarding. We wish you and your family the best first SUP experience!