Article & Image submitted By Larissa Chelius
Paddle boarding is an easy leisure activity to do on calm summer days.
Here are some quick steps to the relaxing sport.
1. Zip up your life jacket!
When paddle boarding you can lose balance when a wave comes and fall into deep or shallow waters. Either way, a life jacket is necessary.
2. Check that both fins are pushed all the way down.
If both fins aren’t all the way down when steering the paddle board, it will go in a circle when you try to move.
3. Slowly step onto the middle of the paddle board.
This will distribute the weight evenly throughout the paddle board allowing you to balance.
4. Slowly push off the dock.
Make sure that when you push off you maintain steady balance.
5. Paddle away!
When paddle boarding you can either go straight or turn. To go straight try and move the paddle in a straight line as close to the board as possible. When trying to turn, make a half circle with the paddle moving from the front of the board to the back.
6. Dock the board.
Slowly progress toward the docking area. When you are close turn the board, so the side is touching the dock. Attach the rope securely to a hook and place the paddle in its holding space.
7. Step off the paddle board.
Slowly step off the paddle board so that as you get off the board it doesn’t tip and fall.
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