Standup paddling is all fun and games, until it’s not. The water-whether ocean, river, lake or pond-can be a dangerous place and always deserves respect. That’s why SUP magazine has partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to bring you “Safe SUP Choices,” an ongoing series of safe-paddling reminders.

Of course, we need your full attention and dull safety tutorials don’t always do the trick. Instead, we’ve had a bit of fun with making some very important points. Because, all kidding aside, too many standup paddlers are drowning-and those deaths could be avoided. So take a minute to enjoy, then take a minute to think and then make the right choices next time you hit the water. They can make all the difference.

In this installment, we cover the importance of never getting in over your head and knowing your limits when it comes to standup paddling. Water conditions can change quickly and you need excellent board control, fitness and safety devices before attempting more challenging situations in the water.


Safe SUP Choices: Paddle with a Partner.

Safe SUP Choices: Always Wear Your Leash and PFD.

Safe SUP Choices: Dress for Immersion.