Beginner’s Guide on How to Paddle Board.
After you have had all your paddle boarding gear; board, paddle, leash and traction pad, you can start to learn to paddle board. There are a few stages in paddle-boarding, mainly carrying to the water, getting on the board, paddling and techniques. You can also look at this website for more information.
Carrying the Board
Most boards have handle in the middle of the board. Hold the board under stronger arm at waist level by the handle and bring the paddle with the other hand. If the board doesn’t come with built-in handle, just tuck the board tight under the arm and hold the other edge with you finger.
Getting on the Board
Once you’re in the water at about knee-level deep, place your paddle on the board with the grip on the edge of the board and the blade rests on the water. After placing your paddle, hold the board by the edge a little bit in front of the center of the board with one hand holding the paddle, climb up to the board into kneeling position with your knees close to the sides at the center. Kneeling at the center of the board, you can grab the paddle and start to paddle after feeling the balance. Take a few strokes and feel the movement while keeping the stability. To stabilize the board, just keep your hand on either side of the board. Paddling on the knees helps the beginner to feel the movement of the board.
Once you’re ready, place both fists with the paddle across the board in front of your knees near the sides of the board. Slowly, one foot at a time, move your legs to squatting position while your fists still on the board. Next, stand up slowly and place your feet where your knees were. Once you are fully standing, bend your knees slightly for stability. If the board wobbles, use the hips to counteract it.
Once you are comfortable on the board, you can start to paddle. If you’re paddling at the right, put your left hand on the right hand at the paddle grip and vice versa. Use your torso to paddle. Twist your paddle and keep your arms straight. Push the paddle down on the grip with the top hand. Push the blade into the surface of water, back to the ankle and finally out of the water. Keep the strokes small in the beginning. To travel in straight line, just paddle 4 to 5 times in one sides and switch to the other. After switching, do not forget to change the hand positions. Keep your eyes on the horizon, not on the feet while you paddle.
Those are the basic techniques to paddle. If you want to try more adventurous paddling techniques, it can be learnt from the instructors. It is a fun activity to try, individually and with family. For beginners, always have a professional or friend with you when you start to paddle for the first time to avoid any unwanted incidents.