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How Safe Are Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards?

How Safe Are Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards?

Posted by Dunn Rite on Sep 4th 2020

When it comes to using an inflatable stand-up paddleboard, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and engage in various activities. As paddleboarding has become more popular, there are lots of options that have hit the market. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look at the various stand-up paddleboard options available. For those who are wondering about inflatable SUPs, they often want to know how safe they are. There are a few points to keep in mind regarding the safety of inflatable stand-up paddleboards.

Stand-Up Paddleboards Are Safe

First, there is a myth that inflatable stand-up paddleboards are not as safe as some alternatives. This myth is simply not the case. Often people think that because inflatable SUPs are precisely that, inflatable, they are easy to puncture. They have visions of paddleboards striking a rock or a tree branch, popping, and deflating quickly. The reality is that inflatable SUPs are incredibly durable. They will not shred or pop just from running into a hard object on the water. They are designed to resist these stresses with ease.

Second, inflatable stand-up paddleboards are harder to flip than some of the other types of paddleboards because they tend to be slightly wider than some of the alternatives. As a result, they have a larger center of gravity, making them harder to overturn. Therefore, it’s harder for people to flip paddleboards or end up in the water.

Finally, because these paddleboards are inflatable, they're also slightly softer than hard paddleboards. A softer landing means that when the paddleboard gets wet, and someone slips and falls, they're less likely to hurt themselves. There is more cushion for the landing, making it less likely that someone will sustain a serious injury.

These are just a few of the reasons that inflatable stand-up paddleboards are safe options for numerous activities. At the same time, everyone needs to stay safe on their SUP.

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Safety Tips While Using an Inflatable SUP

When it comes to using an inflatable SUP, it is crucial to keep a few safety tips in mind. No matter whether someone is using an inflatable paddleboard or a traditional paddleboard, safety should always come first.

Paddleboarding safety starts with the environment. Check the weather before going out. If there is a storm rolling in, it might not be the best time to be outside.

Next, think carefully about where the paddleboard is going to launch in the water. Some places do not allow SUPs, such as designated swimming areas or locations with heavy boat traffic. Think carefully about where you want to push off using safety as your best guide.

It’s also a good idea to learn about local tides or currents in the area. Try to move your paddleboard out into deeper water to avoid going near objects hidden beneath the water’s surface. Be mindful of other people in the area and avoid boats. If you don't have a lot of experience on your paddleboard, stay away from swimmers until you get more comfortable controlling your board, for your safety and theirs.

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Falling Safely on a Paddleboard

There are times when you might end up falling from your pedalboard. If this happens, you need to be able to fall safely. First, try to avoid falling headfirst. Ideally, you will be wearing a life vest, so falling backward is ideal. Also, as you fall, think about letting go of your paddle. Do not land on your paddle, and don’t allow your paddle to twist you as you enter the water. Once you fall off, you should be able to get back on quickly. If you have a leash, this process will be even easier.

If you are looking for the latest options when it comes to inflatable stand-up paddleboards, then look no further than Dunn Rite Pool Products! Take a look at our selection of inflatable stand up paddleboards and pool accessories today!

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