How to Paddle Board - Paddle Boarding Basics

How to Paddle Board provides a brief guide to getting out on the water and some basic techniques to get the best start to your Stand Up Paddle Boarding adventure. We highly recommend having a lesson as you will learn key safety information as well as the basics to get you paddling. Check our Paddle Board Partners Page for instructors near you. 

The Quroc Qi Crossover Paddle Board is a perfect board for beginners as they look to learn how to paddle board. It is super stable but also extremely responsive. A paddle board which is easy to control helps you gain confidence quickly! We have also built in all the on water performance elements to ensure the Qi Crossover helps you develop your paddling right through to becoming an experienced Stand Up Paddle Boarder.

How to Stand Up Paddle Board

Find a calm, sheltered stretch of water for your first attempt at Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

Stand by the side of your board in shallow water.

Hold the board by the edges and ease your way onto the board in a kneeling position, just behind the centre point of the board.

Move on to all fours and slowly move one foot at a time to place your feet where your knees were.

To stand, start by slowly raising your chest up while keeping your knees bent. Once your chest is vertical, extend your legs to stand up.

How to Paddle in a Straight Line

Ensure you are correctly balanced on the Inflatable Paddle Board. Feet evenly spaced and an equal weight on each foot.

Keep your paddle as vertical as possible. If you paddle with your paddle shaft at an angle you will start to turn the nose of your Inflatable Paddle Board. Try to position your top hand directly above your bottom hand with the paddle as close to the side (rail) of your board.

As you gain confidence, try incorporating the J Stroke in to your paddle movement. This is where the paddle blade exits the water at an angle, achieved by moving your top hand down with a slight turn of the wrist away from you.

Step Back Turns on your Paddle Board

The step back turn is a great way of turning around quickly. This video demonstrates the key elements of this manoeuvre and gives you plenty of tips to help you master it.

Before you initiate the step back turn, ensure that the paddle is on your leash side. Your non-leash foot moves into the middle of the board and you step back with your leash foot. To make the board turn, take wide strokes on the leash side, the more you weight the back foot the sharper the turn.

Also known as a pivot turn or buoy turn, the step back turn is a sharp way of turning round and is great in every water environment. Spin the board on the spot with style.

The key to gaining confidence with the step back turn is to only move your feet during the paddle stroke. As with a peddle bike, your balance is far better when the board is moving.

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Paddle Board Safety

Paddle boarding is among the fastest growing sports in the World and like all sports, it has it’s risks. Having a quality board and kit is only one part of ensuring you are safe on the water. We always recommend having lessons and you can find an instructor in the “Our Partners” page. 

Organisations such as The Water Skills Academy also offer physical courses as well as an online iSUP Smart safety module and we would strongly advise looking in to these to ensure you enjoy paddle boarding as safely as possible.