The vast majority of problems that paddleboarders are likely to experience are due to the changeable and unpredictable environment we operate in. Understanding the environment is absolutely essential knowledge for every paddleboarder – even more so if you like to paddle in a variety of locations.
This second book in the SUP SAFETY series covers everything you need to know about understanding and interpreting the paddleboarding environment. Understanding the weather, (including how to read and utilize forecasts and what it actually looks like on the water), sea conditions, water quality and temperatures, currents, rules and regulations, other water users, indigenous wildlife issues, specific river hazards, surf hazards, cold water hazards and much more. Exercises and examples help you hone your skills in interpreting the information and making the right decisions. Order your copy now!
If you’re not sure whether you need to read this book, run your eye over these following questions:
Which of these wind strengths would be strongest? 20m/s 20km/h 20 knots 20mph
Can you look at a weather forecast and make an accurate assessment as to whether the conditions will be safe for paddleboarding tomorrow?
What are the best techniques to avoid shark attacks?
How should you overtake a slower moving craft on your paddleboard?
When are tidal currents in estuaries at their most hazardous and why?
Who has right of way between you and a sailing craft?
What does 20km/hr wind look like on the water, and is it safe for paddleboarding?
If your beach is facing the sunrise, what wind direction will be onshore?
What is the best remedy for jellyfish stings?
How long might you survive without a wetsuit in 15 °C/ 59°F water?
What are the potential threats posed by cumulonimbus clouds?
Which side of a narrow channel should you paddle on, if there are other craft using the channel?
Where might Weil’s disease be a potential problem for paddleboarders and what are the symptoms?
If there’s anything here that you’re not entirely sure about, then you need this book! The answers to these questions are just a tiny fraction of the vast quantity of vital paddleboarding safety information in this book.
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