What NOT to Do When Learning how to Paddle Board- Part 1
One of the beauties of paddle boarding is that it can be enjoyed by anyone. However, some people make mistakes during their first experience that masks on a bad impression of the sport, and ultimately discourages these people to stop pursuing the water sports altogether. Don’t be one of those people – they are missing out on tons of fun. Here are some of the mistakes that paddle board rentals list for novices to avoid.
Everyone is welcome to the new sport when signing up for paddle board tours, most people look for the time slots when the sun is at its highest, because obviously they would like to get a tan, proof of them indulging in the water sports while also getting a good workout out of it. The only problem with this is that, sometimes these time slots do not only mean that it would be sunny but also that the water would be super choppy and the wind would have picked up. This might not be the best experience one can have for a first time. By requesting a time slot that brings seemingly bad luck with it, you are only asking for a hard time in the water. Instructors talk about how the first time should be emphasizing on your stroke, awareness of your surroundings in the water, and position on the board. It is really easy to become a pro when you stick to a rental service and learn the works with every session out in the water.
Entering and Exiting with the Board
Entering and exiting with the water at your feet is a no-brainer, unless of course you are extremely experienced and on your feet at all times. The most dangerous aspects of paddle boarding are going back to the surf zone. There are only two recommended ways of entering the water and that is through the surf or right into the harbor. For beginners it is always the harbor since the water is calmer there. You have the time to feel balanced in the open water with the ocean swelling as a challenge to you. It is so much easier and less risky if you pull up at the dock.
Unless you are a pro you should always start balancing on your knees. When you try to balance on your feet directly you are putting yourself and the board at risk of injury. This is only because by getting up on your feet you had to time to focus on the center of gravity. The same rule goes for when you are launching the board.