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	Check the bilges.

They should have little to no
water and be relatively clean.

They are longer and wider. Fishing SUPs have special features
such as attachments for fishing poles, tackle, and coolers.
Yoga SUPs have soft decks, and an attachment point for an
anchor to keep from drifting.

	Make sure that all navigation lights are working.
	Have	the	agent	of	the	rental	company	show	you	

how everything works aboard the boat, even if you
think you know how it works.

Stand up paddleboarding is easy to learn, a great work out
especially for your abdominals, and doesn't require much gear
to get started.

	Have	the	agent	show	you	where	all	required	

equipment is located such as PFD, visual distress
signals	and	fire	extinguishers	(see	required	
equipment check list).

A SUP is considered a vessel when it is used outside of a surf
or swim area and a life jacket is required for each person on
board as well as a sound signaling device. A mouth whistle is
acceptable and is easily attached to the life jacket. It is highly
recommended that the life jacket is worn. Inflatable belt
pack life jackets are compact and can be inflated on demand
and many inherently buoyant life jackets are stylish, and
comfortable.	The	exception	to	wearing	a	life	jacket	is	when	
paddling in the ocean surf zone as the life jacket may restrict
the ability to swim under the waves.

	Inspect all the safety equipment aboard with the

agent and ask the agent to replace anything you
find unsatisfactory.

IF THE BOAT ISN'T SAFE OR SEAWORTHY,
DON'T RENT THE BOAT!

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)

In addition to the required life jacket and whistle, a leash
is a recommended piece of safety equipment. Leashes
come in three different types: straight, coiled and hybrid
(combination of coiled and straight). Coiled or hybrid leashes
are recommended for flat water and open ocean and can be
worn either on the ankle or calf. They are helpful in retrieving
the board after falling off. Straight leashes are recommended
for the ocean surf zone. The straight leash has no elastic
recoil which could cause injury by springing back the SUP at a
fallen paddler. Quick release coiled leashes are recommended
for moving or whitewater. The leash is worn on the waist and
must	be	reachable	by	either	hand.		Helmets	and	elbow	and	
knee pads are also recommended.

Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing
watersports. The SUP is reminiscent of a surf board and
is propelled by a paddler standing up. Different SUP styles
allow for paddling on flat water, moving or whitewater, in
the	surf	and	even	for	fishing	and	yoga.	Recreational/touring	
boards are good for beginners as they are long and wide
offering	excellent	stability.	SUPs	for	surfing	are	narrower,	
shorter and lighter in weight. Racing SUPs are long and
narrow; built for speed and are less stable when not moving
fast. Inflatable SUPs are not as rigid as fiberglass or plastic
SUPs, but have the advantage of being easily transported
and stored when uninflated. They are favored for river
running because they bounce off rocks and do not dent.
Specialized SUPs are being developed for fishing and yoga.

Review Questions
1.

Who comprises a water ski team and what are their roles?_______________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.

If a boater sees red and white divers down flag, what actions should he take? ______________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.

Sportsman often boat at times when there are cold water hazards. What are some things they can do to stay
safe? ___________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________
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