THINK before you launch. Watch, learn and be SUP safe.

Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) is an amazing way to get out on the water and enjoy the great outdoors. It’s easy to learn and can be great fun for all ages and abilities. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment and you can do it on your own or with others. The simplicity of SUP is what makes it so appealing to many.

But have you considered the potential risks associated with SUP? And do you know how you can help keep yourself and others safe when paddling?

Use the SUP safe checklist and videos below to learn more about how best to plan for your paddle. Be prepared, have fun and stay safe...

Wind & Weather

Have you checked a recent weather forecast? Do you understand how the wind will affect your paddling? Is it meant to change whilst you’re afloat?


Is your location suitable for the forecasted wind speed and direction? What specific hazards are there? e.g shipping lanes, weirs or fast flowing tide.

Tide or River Conditions

Moving water can be dangerous. What is its speed and direction and how will it affect your paddling?


Always dress appropriately for the water temperature. You might not intend to fall in but you never know! Do you know the different clothing options?

Personal Flotation

It’s recommended to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Which is the most suitable for your paddling? Buoyancy aid or waist belt PFD?

Communication & Emergency

Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back. Do you have a way to call for help? e.g. a phone, VHF radio or whistle.


Ensure all your kit is well maintained and appropriate for the conditions. What else do you need to take? e.g water, extra clothing, suncream.


Coiled or straight, ankle or quick release? Do you know the different options and when to use each type?

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