First-time Tips for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

a group celebrates their first time stand up paddleboarding through mobbly bayou at empower adventures in tampa bay

First-time Tips for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

If you’ve never tried stand-up paddle boarding before, you may feel a bit nervous or unsure about what to expect. But fear not – paddle boarding is quite easy to learn, and with some practice, you’ll be gliding along the water in no time. Discover a few tips from the paddle boarding pros at Empower Adventures to help you get started.

1. Choose the right paddle board.

When renting a board, make sure you select one that is the appropriate size and shape for your height, weight, and skill level. A wider, more stable board may be easier for beginners to balance.

2. Dress appropriately.

Wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. You may also want to wear a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses depending on the weather.

3. Keep a calm board. Start in calm waters. 

The key to paddle boarding is using balance to keep your board calm. Activate your core muscles (lower back, abdomen, hips, etc.) to control the board. This is easiest to learn by starting in calm, flat water with minimal wind or waves is best. This will help you get a feel for the board and practice your balance without the added challenge of rough conditions. 

4. Take it slow. 

Don’t feel like you have to rush or push yourself too hard on your first paddle boarding outing. Take your time, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you get more comfortable on the board. 

5. Keep your eyes on the horizon.

When paddling, try to keep your gaze fixed on the horizon rather than looking down at the water. This will help you maintain your balance and prevent dizziness.

6. Practice your paddle technique.

To move forward, place your paddle in the water near the front of the board and pull it back towards your feet in a sweeping motion. To turn, use a “rudder” stroke by placing the paddle in the water near the back of the board and pulling it towards one side.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy your time on the water. With some practice, you’ll be a pro paddle boarder in no time!

Paddleboard with Empower Adventures

The team at Empower Adventures in Tampa Bay has everything you need for your first stand-up paddle board experience. It’s safe and easy, and Mobbly Bay is packed with wildlife and beautiful scenery to make your maiden voyage memorable. Contact us online or call 813-448-5635 to book your adventure.

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