Although stand up paddleboarding is a sport for all ages, even kids. Plus, it’s fairly easy to learn. That said, you can’t ignore the safety factor, especially paddling on open water. Of course, swimming ability and comfort in open water are factors that play into this, but it’s always good to be prepared and play it safe.
Mitch Powers, author of Stand Up Paddle Instruction Book, says it’s a good idea to use a buddy system and check weather conditions in advance of going on the water. Safety gear typically includes a Coast Guard approved PFD (personal flotation device) and a leash that can attach you to your board. In certain cases, you may want to carry a whistle and/or a light (such as a flashlight) as well.
SUP Floating Sunglasses
(Personal Flotation Device)
Waterproof Fanny Pack