Most beginners, on inflatable stand-up paddle boards, will use the classic turn to navigate the waters. The classic turn is one of the easiest ways to turn as you simply have to put your paddle on the opposite side of the board. For instance, if you want to turn right, you paddle on the left and vice versa.
Once you’ve mastered the classic turn, you can progress your stand-up paddle board techniques by learning to back paddle. The back paddle is more efficient and allows you to turn quicker. We also recommend that stand-up paddle boarders on long touring boards use this technique, over the classic turn, as it’s better suited for their board.
More advanced stand-up paddle boarders may want to use the pivot turn to show off their stand-up paddle board racing techniques. A pivot turn allows you to make quick and efficient turns -- particularly useful for navigating around obstacles on a stand-up paddle racing course.