The hot summer season is here again. It’s time for you to visit the deep inviting blue ocean and enjoy the cold water for a swim.
When summertime comes, you can see many people doing their own thing. Playing volleyball, do the surfing, doing picnics beside the beach and other outdoor activities for play.
Paddling is one of the favorite outdoor sports during the summer. Each has its own board with different sizes designs and colors. Sometimes you will be mesmerized by the design on their boards because the style is too “catchy”. You will have to look twice because the design was admirably made.
Moreover, you will really like paddling in the water. You can see the scenic view of the steady water and reflect the beauty of nature. Paddling will also make your muscles stronger.
When you go for a paddle, there are things that you need to prepare before you can used it:
❏ Paddle – The materials used consists of aluminum, carbon fiber, plastic and wood. All of these materials come with a different blades, shaft shapes and handles. The common paddles are usually 6-10 inches higher than the paddler.
❏ Stand up paddle board – Usually made by epoxy and fiberglass covered by EPS foam core; attached by fin or many fins to assist the board to let it move in the ocean. If you are a beginner, an ideal board for you is longer, thicker and wider. This will steady you in place and let you learn the basics of paddling.
❏ Leash – It is a Velcro strap encircled at your calfs or ankle. This tool is used when there is current, wind and falls. When these events take place, you have to immediately paddle out from you and let yourself be intact to the leash.
❏ PFD (Personal Floatation Device) – A requirement by the coast guard if you go paddling over the limit, recreational activities and surfing.
❏ Board Bags – This equipment is good in protecting your board from flaw or unpleasant mark during track or upkeep.
Paddles are very heavy to lift that carrying it will make you uncomfortable. There are many techniques on how to carry your board when go to the beach:
❖ Shoulder Carry – You have to carry the board from the rear end while the head is still on land, then move forward to the center of the board while lifting it.
❖ Air Travel – The boards can be carried through carrier bags for travelling in air. Airplanes have a prepared space for boards.
❖ Car Racks – The carrier of the car will hold the board by tying it on the carrier or lift the board up to the rack and strap it.
❖ Handle Carry – This tool is assembled at the middle of the board. You can just hold the handle and lift the board.
Knowing the different equipments used for the paddle board will save you time going in and out inside the warehouse to get the missing tool you need. It is also important to have knowledge on what the different equipments was made of, for you to check if your board is quality made.
Quality made boards are durable and last longer. It is also very essential for you to practice carrying or lifting your board properly to avoid tissue injuries. Proper body mechanics in lifting a heavy object will prevent injuries of any kind.