Safety Equipment

The SUP SAFE Code

As a final chapter to this SUP SAFE Safety Equipment education course,  we plug our new-found knowledge into the SUP SAFE code, a handy and effective way of wrapping all your safety planning up into one simple 5 point plan.

If you’ve completed any of the other SUP SAFE courses then you will already have encountered the SUP SAFE code.

Leashes, PFDs and communications all feature heavily in the SUP SAFE code, and PPE also features in rule 3; being properly attired for the conditions. This really underlines the message about just how fundamental the knowledge in this course is, when it comes to SUP safety.

If you’ve not yet completed the SUP SAFE Understanding the Conditions course, then we’d strongly recommend taking that course next. You will learn a lot more very valuable safety information and advice.

Congratulations – you’ve completed the course. We hope you’ve found it both interesting and useful, and now have a much better understanding of what leash, PFD, comms and clothing configurations you need to be safe on the water. If you want to test your knowledge, do try the quizzes at the end of the course.

If you’ve found this course useful, then we’d strongly recommend checking out our other free SUP SAFE courses. Lots more super-relevant information, wisdom and knowledge which may just save your life.

Please feel free to leave feedback and a course rating, and if you have enjoyed the course then please tell your frends. The more safety knowledge there is on the water, the safer we all are as a community. As we discuss at the beginning of the course, SUP seems like such a safe sport. Yet every season, people get into difficulties and sometimes the story doesn’t have a happy ending. And almost invariably, it comes down to lack of knowledge…

Happy paddling, and SUP safe!


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Comms – why you need them

In this lesson we discuss the importance of having communications methods as part of your safety equipment.

The RNLI Lifeboat rescue video featured in this lesson can be watched in full here.

The RNLI Lifeboat rescue video featured in this lesson can be watched in full here.

Next lesson we’ll look at the various options for comms that are applicable for SUP.


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PPE for SUP – Part Two

In this lesson we look at PPE for sun protection, and also for protecting those extremities. After completing this lesson you may wish to test yourself on what you’ve learned so far with our SUP PPE knowledge quiz.

Having completed this lesson you may wish to test yourself on what you’ve learned so far with our SUP PPE knowledge quiz.

Next lesson we wrap up the Safety Equipment section of this course, with a look at the various configurations and combinations of safety equipment, for different conditions.


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Safety Equipment Combinations

In this lesson we put it all together, and consider the best combinations of SUP safety equipment for various paddleboarding scenarios.

Which brings us to the end of the Safety Equipment section of this course! Congratulations on having made it this far, hopefully you’re now feeling much more knowledgeable and well prepared when it comes to making the right choices on safety equipment.

Feel free to have another go at any of the quizzes:

We will shortly be launching the next section of the SUP SAFE course, which will be all about understanding the conditions. Weather, wind, water, tides, forecasts and lots more. Like this course it will be absolutely free – we’ll send you an email when it’s ready to go.

One final request – please spread the word about this course! And don’t hesitate to pass on your knowledge to your paddleboarding friends. As you now appreciate, there’s a lot more to SUP safety than first meets the eye. You never know, you may just save someone’s life.


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PPE for SUP – Part One

In this lesson we look at PPE for SUP in general, and consider the specifics of cold water PPE.

Next lesson we look at PPE for warm weather, and also for protecting those extremities!


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Comms options for SUP

In this lesson we look at the various options and methods available for emergency communications while paddleboarding.

After completing this lesson you may wish to test yourself on what you’ve learned so far with our SUP comms knowledge quiz.

Having completed this lesson you may wish to test yourself on what you’ve learned so far with our SUP comms knowledge quiz.

Next lesson we start looking at PPE for SUP, the final piece of the jigsaw in this first section of the SUP SAFE course.


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Choosing the right leash

In this lesson we look at choosing the right leash for the conditions. After completing this lesson you may wish to test yourself on what you’ve learned so far with our SUP Leash knowledge quiz.

So – that’s a whole lot of information on PFDs, and hopefully after working through these lessons you now have a pretty clear idea as to which is best for the various different types of conditions you may encounter. If you’d like to test yourself on your knowledge, then why not try our SUP Leash knowledge quiz?

Next lesson we move on to the third aspect of SUP Safety equipment – communications!


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Types of Leash

In this lesson we look at the different types of SUP leash available, and their respective pros and cons.

Next lesson we put it all together and make recommendations as to which type of leash would be the best option for each of the various types of conditions that the stand up paddleboarder may encounter.


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The dangers of fast flowing water for SUP

In this lesson we take a hard look at one of the most dangerous environments for stand up paddleboarding. Fast flowing water can occur anywhere around coasts, lakes and rivers. Understanding the risks it poses and what to do about them is a vital aspect of SUP safety – this is a VERY important lesson!

Next lesson we look at the various types of leashes available, and their relative pros and cons.


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Understanding Leashes

In this lesson we look at the general pros and cons of leashes; why they are so important, how to attach them and what the possible down sides of wearing a leash might be.

Just to reinforce the point about the importance of wearing a leash, check out the youtube clip below. It shows a person falling off while paddling in windy conditions without a leash – and pretty much instantly they’ve lost their board because it blows away much faster than they can swim. But then, to compound the problem, a friend on another paddleboard catches up with the wayward board, and attempts to take it under tow using their own leash. But she falls off, and is suddenly in grave danger of losing her board too.

This video was taken from an article in Men’s Journal about the dangers of paddleboarding without a leash

In the next lesson we’ll look more specifically at the risks of fast flowing water for stand up paddleboarding.


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