Stand-up Paddling Tips: Learning from the experts
by Johanna | Restube
published on August 03, 2023
5 SUP TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
Episode 1 with Martin Teichmann
We may benefit from Martin's many years of (training) expertise as he shares his tips and tricks for getting started on a stand-up paddle board. Avoiding mistakes and having fun right from the start is the goal!
We have summarized Martin's tips for you here
1) Choose the right water! Standing or barely flowing waters are optimal because they have little current. Also, always pay attention to the wind conditions! Never go out on the water when the wind is offshore, as it will pull you away from the shore, which is especially dangerous in the ocean.
2) Pay attention to your safety!
On still waters or when there is little current, use a leash! It is the connection between you and the board. Watch out on flowing water! There is a possibility that the leash get caught and you will be pulled under water!
Always have a buoyancy aid like Restube or a PFD with you! At some waters it is even compulsory to wear a PFD at a certain distance from the shore, e.g. at Lake Constance. Therefore, make sure you know the local regulations!
3) Inform yourself and know the rules! Inform yourself about the SUP sport and familiarize yourself with the rules! The 10 golden rules of the German SUP Association are a good basic knowledge.
4) Know how to fall!
If you fall, fall flat into the water. This way you can minimise the risk of hurting yourself.
5) Take a course and avoid mistakes!
Start with a course! This way you avoid mistakes and have fun with stand-up paddling from the beginning!
Thank you very much, dear Martin!
Martin Teichmann himself is a successful SUP athlete and the operator of the SUP school and rental station SUP TRIP in Potsdam. As a SUP instructor, he teaches beginners and advanced learners and is also the head coach of the internationally successful Havel Racers.
Have you already caught the paddle fever? Tell us about your experiences and adventures on the SUP! And if you have another tip for the SUP community, feel free to leave a comment! We look forward to hearing from you!