How to Paddle Board

Stand up paddle boards are a growing hobby among water sports enthusiasts. And with good reason too. Stand up paddle boards are affordable, so there isn’t a big investment required to get into this hobby. What’s more, paddle boarding itself is a very low investment activity (as opposed to running or hiking) as it mostly works your upper body. People with average fitness levels can easily take up this hobby without any limitations.

Technique is key to paddle boarding

As mentioned earlier, paddle boarding is a low investment activity. It does not cause any harm to your body in the longer run. It uses a moderate amount of upper body strength but what matters most in this activity is proper technique.

The secret to paddling effortlessly is to use your core for the thrust as much as possible. It might seem that you will have to constantly use your arms but that’s not the case. Using the arms for paddling will quickly exhaust your energy and make this sport burdensome.

Where to paddle board as a beginner

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If you’re just starting out as a paddle boarder, it is essential to take certain things into account. Firstly, make sure that the water you’re venturing into is calm. It’s also a good idea to choose a day when there’s a minimum amount of wind as standing on the paddle board in windy conditions can be tricky. Rivers should generally be avoided as they have strong currents and often contain obstacles such as rocks and boulders.

How to mount a paddle board

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One thing beginners must consider is that they don’t actually need to ride the paddle board in a standing position. Paddle boarding can be done while in a kneeling position, and is a far better way to learn the basics of paddling. However, before you can even kneel on the paddle board, you need to mount it. Here’s how you should do that:

  1. Place the paddle board in flat, calm, shallow water. Walk towards the mid of the board from the side. Remember, you will always climb the board from its side. If you’re on the right side of the board, place your left knee on the left end of the board, brace yourself with both hands on the board and finally bring aboard your right knee as well. You should now be in the knee-knee-hands-hands position
  2. Take the paddle and start paddling. You can learn the basics of paddle board balance and much more by just paddling while in the kneeling position.
  3. Once you’re comfortable kneeling, it’s time to stand up. Put your paddle in such a way as to make it form a ‘T’ with the board. Place both of your hands on the board, and gently bring your feet to the same position as your knees one by one. You should now be able to stand on the paddle board.
  4. Breathe, and get used to paddling while standing up. With your acquired skills of paddling while kneeling, you should now have a better idea of how paddle boards work.

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Reducing the risks of falling

Paddling is a relatively harmless activity. However, its one biggest risk comes from the paddle board itself. Most paddle boards are hard, and to fall on them means you’re going to get hurt. In some cases, you can hit your head and really hurt yourself. This is one of the unavoidable experiences in paddling as even expert paddlers will fall. So it’s a good idea to learn how to fall while on a paddle board to reduce the risk of getting hurt. Better yet, you can get yourself an inflatable paddle board and completely eliminate the risk of getting hurt if you happen to fall on your board.


Paddling is a great activity for everyone. It is low risk and high fun. It provides you a great way to relax and become healthier. While on a paddle board you aren’t just reduced to being a paddler, you can practice yoga on your board, read a book, or really do anything you want.

Just staying on top of the paddle board while maintaining balance is a great way to improve the strength of your core and your overall posture.

For water lovers, paddling is a great sport because not only does it provide you with an excellent workout, it also provides you a way to relax yourself and get away from the daily grind.

We hope you have great fun paddling!

  • Updated January 9, 2018
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