Be AdventureSmart: The right gear’s a good idea!

It’s the weekend and you are planning a day on the water paddling your SUP.  You picture flat, calm, sparkling water and your board gliding along the surface. The great feeling that comes from physical exercise and exhilarating views of the British coastline, lakes or maybe a river.  You launch your board in sunshine and no wind but two hours later a strong breeze appears and drops of rain.  You look across to the beach and realise you have a long chilly, damp day ahead.

Be adventure smart: Plan for a great day with our essential kit guide for a great day on a SUP!

The essentials
  • Leash (attached correctly to the board (coiled unless in surf)
  • Board (suitable for the activity and you, volume, length and width)
  • Paddle (the right size for you)
  • Weather forecast
Clothing
    • Buoyancy Aid (well fitting buoyancy aid with an emergency whistle)
    • Windproof jacket (can always be kept in the rucksack until needed, don’t leave home without it)
    • Insulating layer (a thin fleece or gillet depending on the time of year)
    • Breathable base layer if paddling in summer (avoid cotton t-shirts)
    • Wetsuit (depending on the time of year a wetsuit long john or full suit can be great)
    • Safety bag / dry bag (with a method of attaching to the deck)
    • Foot wear (sandals, trainers, wet shoes anything that helps you walk across rough banks, beaches)
    • Watch (or any reliable method of telling the time)
Safety sack essentials (dry bag)
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone in a dry bag (a ziplock freezer bag works as a cheap option)
  • Map & compass (even if you use GPS)
  • Torch or head torch
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottled water (keep yourself hydrated)
  • Flask of hot drink (depending on time of year)
  • High energy snacks (to give an energy boost when tired)
  • Any necessary medication (with spares)
  • Spare warm clothing
  • Survival bag (just in case)
  • Emergency contact details