Begin with an On-Shore Intro
Before getting on the water, give your friend a quick introduction on land. Have them adjust their paddle to the correct height and show them how to take a paddle stroke and turn with the blade facing the right way (beginners usually get this wrong). Demonstrate how to carry the board and attach the leash. Share any tips that helped you when you first learned how to paddleboard.
Give Them the Biggest Board
When choosing a board for your new SUP friend, you’ll want to set them up for success. Generally, the wider the board, the more stable it will be. They should be using the board with the most volume, especially if they are a heavier rider. This way, they’ll feel stable and comfortable. All-around boards with rounded noses and a three-fin setup, like our Waterwalker series, or even the Max are a good bet.
Start Out Kneeling
The most stable position on a paddleboard is kneeling. When you launch, you should be in a kneeling position to minimize the chance of falling in shallow water. Get them paddling on their knees to start and encourage them to stay in that position as they get used to the board and paddle. If kneeling is not possible, or they need a break, they can also sit on the board. Once they are feeling calm and confident, and are in deeper water, they can try to stand.