Six Safety Tips
- Life vests are the number one in safety with your child on a paddle board. Regardless of how strong a swimmer your child is. Paddle boards are large and bonk and your child could be unconscious. I know this is not what you want to think about, so just put the life jacket on your little one. We like the Speedo neoprene life vest. It’s not as bulky as other styles. www.speedousa.com and the float suits by body glove, they cab be found at www.houseofscuba.com
- Entering the water can be a two person job. If you are entering flat water, you should be able to place your child on the board, hop on yourself and start paddling. Trickier, is when you have a bit of a shore break, this is when two people will be required. Get on your board and paddle past the break, have the other person swim your child to you and pull them up on the board and start paddling.
- Sunscreen, hats and sunnies. This is a no brainer right? The only problem with this, is getting your kids to wear them, the entire time they are out on the SUP with you. Cover and slather your kids anyway, they will accept it and do it every time, they will eventually get used to it. www.badgerbalm.com andwww.rawelementsusa.com our favorite sunscreen.
- Wave riding. Insure your leash is of equal length or longer than your board. Teach your little one to jump off and away from the board if your get in trouble.
- Little fingers will find their way to the water. I have taught our oldest co-paddler to be on the opposite side of the board. My paddle goes very close to the board, if those little fingers are in between the board and the paddle, it could result in an ouch!
- ALWAYS RESPECT THE WATER. The ocean, lakes and rivers are all powerful, be sure to respect it and teach your little ones to respect the power as well.