For beginners to learn how to paddleboard, first choose a calm lake or river.
And choose a 11ft paddles are the best for learning.
The board should feel comfortable and not unstable when standing up. If it still feels too unstable after several attempts to gain your balance, try a larger, wider paddle board.
1. how to stand?
To launch your inflatable paddle board, carry the board out into the water with the center carry handle. Place your paddle on the board and get on it, kneeling at first on the center of the board. Slowly, one foot at a time, rise into a squat. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, right and left of the carry handle.
Rise further so that your knees are only slightly bent, but make sure your back is straight at all times.
2. How to hold ?
According to our normal logic, the paddle should be facing you. Instead, the paddles should be facing away from you. One hand goes on the grip at the top, the other at the bottom of the paddle. If you put the paddle above your head the bend of your elbows should form 90-degree angles. You will rotate your hand position as your change sides.
3. How to do a forward stroke?
Reach: Bend over at the hips, lean forward and pull the paddle out of the water towards the front of the board as far as you can go.
Catch: Submerge the paddle in the water.
Power: Move the paddle along the side of your board in the water. Your arms should be straight and form a triangle with the paddle.
Release/Exit: Once the blade is parallel to your feet, exit the water to the side, remembering to turn the blade 90 degrees so it cuts the water at its narrow end.
Recovery: Bring the paddle back in front of the board and repeat.
To make sure you move forward, don't pull the paddle past your feet or the board will start to spin. You can switch sides after a few paddles.
One important thing to remember is that you should apply the strength to your core and leg muscles, not your arms. It makes rowing easier, puts less stress on your arms and gives you a full body workout.
From left to right we see the paddler first in the reach phase, second making sure to look straight ahead, third in the catch and power phase, and fourth in the release phase.
4. How to do a reverse stroke?
Reverse swimming helps you either stop paddling or slow down. Reach for the end of the paddle board rather than the front. put the blade in the water by the tail and bring it towards you.
When doing a reverse stroke your paddle goes in the opposite direction of a forward stroke.
5. How to do a sweep stroke?
A sweeping punch will help you spin while maintaining momentum. Reach for the paddle, like a forward stroke, well in front of the board. Then do a wide outward swing in a semi-circle around the board to the tail. If you do this on the right side of the board, you can turn left and vice versa.
To do a sweep stroke with your Seavya SUP, sweep the paddle out sideways as much as possible.