Today is the first official day that Stand Up Paddle Boarders in England are encouraged to get back on the water as part of our unlimited daily exercise.
So, if you are heading out, make sure you stick to social distancing rules and maintain Government guidelines; we don’t want a return to full lockdown.
Before heading out; make sure you have checked weather conditions, wind speed and direction, tide times and water flow on rivers. The water is still cool; make sure you wear the correct water wear, check your leash and wear a buoyancy aid for extra floatation. Carry your phone on you in a waterproof bag, not only to get a good pic but to be used for safety. Paddle with a buddy (stay 2m apart) rather than paddle alone. We also recommend that you check your BSUPA membership is up to date in order to provide you with your 3rd party insurance.
Keep close to the shoreline and limit your distances to keep you within your skill and fitness levels. Tell someone when and where you are going and when you expect to return. If you are heading out in surf, check for strong rips before heading out and avoid crowded line ups; stay within your limits.
We have already heard the RNLI have been rescuing people who have misread the conditions – it is exercise – not radical action – stay within your limits. RNLI lifeguards are not operating on many beaches so check which ones have cover before venturing out.
Realise today, or when you head out, how great SUP is as a sport; we have missed it for two months. Embrace it today, get out there, post a pic, please tag #BSUPA and enjoy the ride!
Simon, Andy, Sam, Paul, Andy, Anni and DomDownload