Taking SUP Safety Seriously
As our regular readers know, we’ve focused a lot on safety this summer, in light of what seems like a high number of SUP-related drownings. And we’ve had good conversations on our social media about how to improve use of pdfs and leashes. Some of that discussion focused on shops and rental facilities.
We recently heard from one shop who wanted to share what it does to make sure clients are safe on the water. Micki Michelle of Jersey Paddleboards at Greenwood Marina in New York sent us this note about her shop’s safety protocols:
“I’ve seen a lot off press lately on unsafe paddling with unfortunate consequences. I’m shocked about the amount of people who come to my shop who have no clue about safety concerns. Our staff meets every rental client on our small launch beach. We review basic information about the board, like where to stand, how to hold the paddle, etc. but then we add what I believe is our responsibility. We ask EVERYONE to wear a leash and we explain why. We stress that it is just as important as your life jacket. We stress that the life jacket enhances swimming ability but it is not a substitute for knowing how to swim. We won’t let anyone out on the water who can’t swim . We also stress the following:
- Stay on your knees until away from docks/boats and return to knee position upon returning
- Channel Markers: what they are and why you should not linger in them..stay to the right and allow ample space for boats to pass in the channel
- Do not swim in the middle of the lake as you are not visable
- Refer to our waterproof map given to all renters identifying safe swimming areas, recapping all the info listed above and our phone number as well as the Coast Guard contact number.