You’ve probably seen people stand-up paddleboarding, looking incredibly graceful and serene as they glide across the water. Watching them it’s easy to think that there’s not much to it, but it’s a mistake to assume that just picking up a paddle and jumping on a board is the right way to go.

Like any watersport, there are dangers with paddleboarding and it’s good to be aware of them, as well as to know how to deal with common problems.

And it’s not only about staying safe, it’s also about being able to enjoy your paddles without getting too tired, which means knowing efficient paddling techniques and being confident using them.

Having a lesson, or a few lessons, in stand-up paddleboarding will give you all of these things and hopefully mean you enjoy the sport that bit more.

On a calm day with no wind, stand-up paddleboarding can feel easy. You’ll be on your feet in no time and if you have reasonable balance, you may not even fall in. However, as soon as you add wind into the equation (which we get quite a lot of on the south coast), it becomes a lot more challenging.

Just last month, Cornwall Live reported on an incident at Sennen Cove where a paddleboarder had to be rescued by the RNLI after being caught out in strong offshore winds.

Knowing how to paddle into the wind, and what you can do to self-rescue if you feel as though you’re not making any headway, is an essential skill for any UK-based paddleboarder to have. While you may never plan to be out in strong winds, the weather can change quickly, so it’s best to be prepared.

If you’re buying your own SUP paddleboard and haven’t had any tuition, consider booking a session or two to make sure you’ve got the basics under your belt.

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