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The team at ChilliSUPCo has collected some useful safety tips for our customers in Swindon, Cotswold and Lechlade. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth on a board, following these stand up paddleboard safety tips can help ensure that you have a safe and fun time while out on the water. 

Chilli, the dog, on a paddle board


This is guidance only. ChilliSUPCo will not be held responsible for the safety of hirers. See terms and conditions for further information. 

1). Personal Floatation Device(PDF) Buoyancy Aid(BA) or Life Jacket/Vest 
We always recommend you wear a BA, PDF or life jacket/vest whilst out on the water no matter how confident of a swimmer you are. This is why as part of package a 50N BA is part of the hire package (ranging from junior to adult sizes. Younger child sizes of 100N available). We do not recommend our paddleboards for non-swimmers, unless under the guidance and supervision of an appropriately-qualified instructor.  
(additional BA are available to hire).
We love dogs here at ChilliSUPCo and you're more than welcome to take them with on the boards. We also recommend the use of a BA for you beloved pet (we have ones to hire for all sizes).

2). Always wear a leash
If you fall off your board the first thing you will want to do is retrieve your paddle (but it’s always best to try to hold on to it!). In order not to get separated from your board, ALWAYS WEAR THE LEASH ROUND YOUR LOWER LEG.

3). Always supervise youngsters
All people under 18 years should be supervised when on the water in all conditions.

4). Follow any local rules and advice
Water can be unpredictable and it is always advisable to check with the local sources of information on water safety in the area before you take to the water.
For example, rivers are rated by the flow and depending on the river, some craft are not allowed on the water during particular flow rates.
OR – there may be a particularly dangerous part of a coastal area you wish to paddle on so check with the local coast guard, the RNLI or Harbour Master.
Always take a cautious approach.

5). Tell someone where you are going
Always tell someone land based about a trip you intend to take with times and vicinity and report to them when you are back safely.

6). Take a mobile phone
If you can, take a charged mobile phone in a sealed dry bag or waterproof pouch in case of an emergency.

7). Take adequate clothing for your trip
Do not wear jeans of other water-logging clothes or wellington boots, waders, heavy waterproofs. If you are paddling a distance, take spare clothes in a dry bag.
If it’s cold, wear a wetsuit. Remember to check the local forecast before heading out.

8). Plan your journey
Always be realistic with the distance you plan to travel. Never paddle in the dark or in busy shipping lanes.

9). River Paddling
If paddling on a river, do not go through locks and use the “Portage” areas and carry your boards round. Avoid the tops and bottoms of all weirs. Always check river conditions and closures before heading out.

10). Plan for tides
If you are on the sea, be aware of the tide times and strengths and always seek expert advice if unsure (tide times can usually be found online or you can possibly ask for local advice.)

11). Plan for wind
Your ability to paddleboard is significantly affected by the wind strength and direction. YOU SHOULD NOT PADDLEBOARD WHEN THE WIND IS BLOWING OFFSHORE/OUT TO SEA. Paddleboarding is much safer and much more fun when the wind is light (below 10mph). We strongly recommend that you find a sheltered spot where wind and waves will not affect your ability to control the board. 

12). Protect yourself from the sun
The sun reflects off the water intensifying its strength - cover up, wear sunscreen, a hat and decent sun glasses (even when it does not seem to be very sunny).

13). Keep hydrated and your energy up
Take water and snacks with you if you are paddling any distance. Remember to always stay hydrated on those warmer days. 


14).  Paddle in pairs or groups
We strongly recommend that you buddy with other boards or vessels, if you are paddling any distance.

15). Do not use faulty equipment
Whilst we always check our kit before it goes out, things can fail. If you have any doubts, do not use it. Contact us and we will do our best to sort any problems out as quickly as possible.

16). Weill's Disease
When paddling on inland waters, there is a small chance that there might be Weill’s disease in the water. People should wash hands with fresh water/antibacterial gel before eating, shower after and should someone get flu like symptoms and need to go to a doctor shortly after, let your doctor know where you were paddling. 

17).  Have fun, enjoy & be safe! 

Blue Water


A few SUP care instructions to help you care for your paddleboard.

Grab handles

Grab handles

Use the grab handles to lift and carry SUP's. These should also be used to lift and place SUP's into the water. 

Side of paddleboard


Bend knees and keep your back straight when lifting. If struggling to lift or carry get someone to help you. 

If alone carry SUP from the middle grab handle. If carrying as a two, use the back grab handle and the other person carrying the nose of the SUP.

Side of stand up paddle board


Be careful not to drag the SUPs as you could damage the underneath of the SUPs or the fins.

Paddle board

On land

Please be careful NOT to sit on the SUPs while on land as this could damage the fins and underneath of SUPs or even puncture them if there is anything sharp underneath.

Paddle board fins

Fins. Underneath of SUPs

Be careful when carrying SUPs as so not to damage or scrape the fins or underneath of the SUP's.

Also take care to look out for rocks or stones when paddling or while entering / exiting the water (in particular shallow areas).

Paddle board valve


Unscrew the valve cap and be sure to attach the pump nozzle correctly and tightly to the valve at the bottom of the board to inflate and replace the cap.

Paddle board leash


Always wear a leash while on the SUP. Make sure the leash is correctly attached to the SUP. Then simply strap the other end around one of your ankles or onto the quick release waist belt.

If on the SUP with a junior or child, adults should wear the leash. 

See more info on leashes and QR waist belts here: Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) safety: choosing the correct leash (

Possible extra harness that may be imposed for damage, loss or theft of equipment
Up to max feed shown below
Paddleboard - £300
Paddle - £50
Pump - £40
Leash - £22.50
QR Waist Belt - £15
Buoyancy Aid - £35
Dry Bag - £15
Phone Pouch £10

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