What To Wear When Paddle Boarding UK
Paddle boarding is a popular water sport that offers a fun way to stay active and explore the outdoors. When it comes to getting ready for your paddle boarding adventure, choosing the right clothing can make all the difference. From staying comfortable and cool in the sun to ensuring your safety on the water, there are a few key factors to consider when selecting what to wear.
In this blog, we'll cover everything you need to know to make sure you've dressed appropriately for your next paddle boarding excursion.
Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
PFDs are very important when paddle boarding, if you end up in the water and struggling they will provide you with buoyancy. You should also make sure you have a leash so that you're attached to your board, the paddle board itself is the biggest floatation device you will have. Whether you have a waist belt, ankle or knee leash, please make sure you're wearing it. Leashes also mean that if you do fall into the water, your board doesn't go off on its adventure without you!
What To Wear In Summer
When paddle boarding in the summer, staying cool and comfortable is key. We suggest wearing swimwear, quick-drying shorts, and a moisture-wicking shirt. If you plan on being out in the sun for a long time, consider wearing a hat to protect your face and eye from the sun. Don't forget to wear suncream too and reapply to avoid sunburn. UV shirt/rash vests are also a great option when paddle boarding in summer as they are quick drying, lightweight and will protect you from the sun.
What To Wear In Winter
You can still paddle board during winter, which is a great experience! Picking out what to wear is important because you don't want to cut your paddle session short for being too cold.
The key with paddle boarding in winter is to wear layers, so if you get warm you can take off a layer. There is a selection of options of things to wear during the colder months such as; a wetsuit, drysuit or leggings/hoodies with a waterproof jacket and trousers over the top.
You will also want to wear some shoes, whether that is wetsuit boots or water shoes to keep your feet warm and give you extra grip on your board. A beanie hat or hood is also a must-have, as well as gloves.
What To Wear In Spring/Autumn
In the UK, the weather and temperature in spring and autumn are unpredictable, so always double-check the forecast before going for the paddle to be fully prepared. Like winter, it is all about layers. Start with leggings and a long sleeve top and work your way from there (don't forget your waterproofs, the UK loves a bit of rain). You also want to note that wearing quick-drying clothes is useful because there is nothing worse than unexpectedly falling into the water when there's a cold breeze and having to paddle with wet clothes on.
Bring a dry bag with you too, so that you can add and take off layers when needed.
Should You Wear Shoes Paddle Boarding?
Shoes are a good idea when paddle boarding, especially in winter. When launching and walking in the water, they protect your feet from rocks or sharp objects as well as giving you extra grip when on your board.
In summer, shoes may not be necessary. SUPs are designed to be used barefoot so the deck pads offer enough grip to paddle without shoes. However, in winter you will most likely want to wear some shoes to keep your feet toastie. Anything from wetsuit booties to water shoes is great - please note, you shouldn't wear normal street shoes on your board.