Thanks to the huge rise in the popularity of stand-up paddle boarding, it has now become an extremely accessible sport with tons of people practising it either for fun or competitively. But there are still some myths about paddle boarding that hold people back from giving it a try. Let’s debunk the top 5 myths about paddleboarding!
You need to be a strong swimmer to paddle board
Paddle boarding is a great activity that combines the fun of surfing with the basic technique of paddling in a kayak. Being a strong swimmer will help you feel more comfortable and give you peace of mind as you paddle out further into the water, so don’t be afraid to practice in pools or shallow ocean areas! While it looks easy, it takes some skill and confidence to really enjoy your time on the water. You’ll need at least a moderate swimming ability, as you will have to manoeuvre yourself back onto your board if you happen to fall off. However, learning basic paddle-boarding techniques can help you stay safe and upright. It is also easy and just as enjoyable to paddle in shallower water compared to deep, so if you’re not a strong swimmer don’t let this put you off paddleboarding. Instead just opt to paddle in shallow waters (think lakes, rivers and the sea).
You’ll get cold and wet when you paddleboard
This myth really depends on your own personal preference and if you find yourself battling through waves or challenging currents, as well as entering and exiting the board from deep water. Paddle boarding is a great way to spend time on the water, even in colder climates. Wetsuits are designed specifically for paddle-boarding activities and will keep you warm while also allowing you to move freely and enjoy the feeling of being one with nature. You can also wear a life jacket for an extra layer of warmth.
Paddle boarding is only for people who live near the ocean
Paddleboarding is an awesome activity for people who are looking for a bit of adventure. Contrary to popular belief, paddle boarding isn’t limited to those who live near the ocean- there are plenty of paddle boarding adventures that can be had even in the most landlocked of areas. All you need is some kind of body of water and a paddleboard! Whether you choose to paddle through slow-moving rivers, tranquil lakes, or even an adventure-filled whitewater course, you really can paddleboard anywhere (well, wherever there is a body of water anyway!).
If you’re heading or live in Wales have a read of our 5 Amazing Places to Paddleboard in Wales here.
Or, heading around the UK? Read our Top 10 UK Paddleboarding Spots to Tick off Your Bucket List.
You need expensive gear to paddleboard
Paddle boarding is an incredible way to explore the outdoors and get some exercise; however, it can be easy to feel a bit overwhelmed when trying to figure out what kind of equipment you need. Unfortunately, some of the gear required for this activity can be expensive; from the board itself to the paddle, life jacket, and other extras. But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to save money such as buying a board on clearance (you can shop ours here!) or hiring a board, to begin with. Just remember you get what you pay for, if you only plan on paddleboarding occasionally then a cheaper, lower-end paddleboard might be for you. However, just remember that it won’t be as sturdy or durable and won’t last as long as a higher-end paddleboard.
Paddle boarding is only for athletes
Paddle boarding is actually far from a sport that is reserved only for athletes. Believe it or not, this growing water activity is incredibly easy to get into! Whether it’s a leisurely day out with the family, lakes and rivers or a full-on adventure-filled day – paddle boarding can be enjoyed by all. It’s excellent for perfecting balance and strength as well as providing a great way to escape from everyday stresses and enjoy some time in nature without having to go anywhere special.
If you’re looking for a new all-year-round sport to try, don’t rule out paddle boarding! You don’t need to be a strong swimmer or live near the ocean to take it up and enjoy it on the regular. Paddle boarding is also great exercise, and it’s a lot of fun. Just be sure to take some safety precautions (like wearing a life jacket) and rent or buy the right gear before you head out on your first adventure. Now, let’s get out there and make some Saltie memories!
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