Stand up paddle boarding is a superb way to explore and to have fun while getting fit. The sport originated in Hawaii and is growing very popular in New Zealand.
With the popularity of Stand Up Paddle Boards we have been able to offer an introduction program for youth and volunteers to enjoy, using our inflatable boards. We mainly combine the use of SUPs with our Kayaking programs.
Where possible the instructor will travel to the group prior to the event and provide a safety interactive briefing.
Our organisation ensures safety is paramount and we adhere to the Stand Up Paddleboarding Etiquette www.paddleboarding.co.nz
Stand Up Paddleboarding Etiquette
Taking to the water on a stand up paddleboard needs to be done with the utmost respect for both nature and your fellow water users. Red Paddle Co have put together the following Red Code, which we totally subscribe to, and wholeheartedly recommend that all NZ SUP riders should follow.
It’s a simple and sensible set of guidelines that should go a long way to keeping you safe and making sure you can coexist in harmony with your fellow water users.
- Learn the basics in flat, calm water – your self esteem will thank you
- Check the weather – Always check the forecast before heading out on the water.
- Avoid offshore winds – they will blow you far from home
- Check the tides – Do you know how the currents and tides effect your location?
- Don’t paddle alone – stay safe and paddle with a friend
- Don’t use the board in surf until you are confident
Activity and Venue Site Specific Plans are sent to groups for their acceptance and approval prior to the event.
Safety Action Plan: click here to download pdf file