Paddleboarding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and can still be enjoyed even during the winter months. With a little preparation and knowledge, Winter paddleboarding can be a safe and enjoyable experience.
What to wear for Winter paddleboarding
It is important to dress depending on the water temperature… If it’s cold outside, it will be colder in the water which can lead to hypothermia or frostbite if you are not properly prepared for it. Layering your clothes will help to keep you warm and dry when you get out of the water. It is important that your clothes are waterproof and windproof if possible.
Stay safe on the water
You should always be aware of your surroundings when you’re paddleboarding in Winter. Visibility can be low due to ice or foggy conditions. Take precautions before heading out on the water by checking sunrise and sunset times, weather forecasts and conditions before going out on your board. Always wear a PFD.
Here are some of the apps you should consider before heading out on the water:
MultiTide app – a great application for checking the changing tides in your location
The WindAlert, WindGuru or the Windy app are great for checking on the wind direction and strength before heading out.
Met Office – beach forecasts and tide times.
What to take with you
Here is a list of items I would take with me on a Winter paddleboarding but this is easily adaptable to suit your own needs:
- Little SUP Club Tee
- Little SUP Club Crew Jumper / Hoodie
- Long John /Jane Wetsuit or dry pants
- Dry / Waterproof Jacket /Top
- Wetsuit Boots
- PFD – (Personal Floatation Device)
- Hat (Obviously my @bluefinsups Ambassador one)
- Waterproof Phone case pouch
- I am taking my @bluefinsups Cruise 10’8 with me everywhere. Here you can have a glance and figure out Which board to choose for yourself!
- Bluefin Heatwave Coat to keep me snug afterwards
- Drybag with water and snacks if it’s a long paddle
Post Winter Paddleboarding
Make sure you store your board correctly after each use. Check outour other blog for tips on storing your board – How To Store Your Paddleboard In Winter.
Why wouldn’t you want to paddle all year round? It maybe cold but you get to experience paddleboarding from a unique perspective making it just as enjoyable and wonderful as a Summertime paddle as long as you have the right equipment.
Stay safe and enjoy your Winter paddles! I know I will!