With SUP’s unprecedented surge popularity so many new paddlers are coming into the fold. In particular the inflatable stand up paddle boarding market has been flooded (as of 2020). Simply put there’s no better ‘toy’ to make use of days at the beach, lake or river. We hardly need say it but SUP’s the perfect activity for all the family. It’s also one of the easiest watery disciplines to begin and progress with.

Unfortunately increased numbers of SUPers has highlighted an issue. Many fledgling recruits don’t have any prior water experience. Simple stand up paddle boarding safety considerations, that experienced paddlers put into practise intuitively, don’t even register with newbies. This isn’t a criticism. It’s just a statement of fact.

2020 has seen a raft of SUP rescues and incidents requiring intervention. In a lot of cases these situations could easily have been avoided. Education is key. Here at McConks we’re extremely SUP safety conscious and want to do as much as we can to help new paddlers. With that in mind you’ll find a whole load of stand up paddle boarding safety info on this page. We’ll be adding to it regularly so keep your eyes peeled. And, as always, if there’s anything specific you want to see, then let us know.