Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you improve faster and build your confidence on the water.
One Step at a Time
Just like starting anything, it’s easy to overwhelm yourself. Something I always share with my students is, “Every time you go out to paddle, focus on one thing you want to get better at. Keep practicing this one thing until you no longer have to think about it.”
Don’t try to remember and master everything at once. Our minds can only focus on so much at a time. Pick something, and do it until you are comfortable before moving onto the next thing.
Move Around on Your Board
A great way to get to know your board is by finding a day with calm conditions and practice moving up and down on it. This is great because it will improve your balance while also understand how your board moves and distributes your weight. Also, this is great for starting to learn the buoy turn on a paddle board.
You want to know what’s great about paddle boarding? You can take more risks because unlike other sports if you fall off you can hit concrete and possibly break something.
With paddle boarding it’s just water. So don’t worry about taking a splash. Challenge yourself to get better and try new things. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
Try giving Paddle Board Yoga a shot and see how it can tremendously help both your mind and balance.
Unless you are a total couch potato, this amazing sport is for everyone. Embrace the experience, and let your worry and stress go. One thing I like to think about while my feet are dipped in the water is how lucky I am to get to have discovered SUP. Have fun! Try new things! Share it with people you care about! Life is short. Make the time to enjoy it.