As a parent, you might find it difficult to enjoy the same activities you liked participating in before kids. It’s understandable that you might feel like you cannot safely enjoy an activity like standup paddle boarding if you have little kids. That isn’t necessarily the case! You can bring your children out onto the water with you.
How, you ask? Simple! Just use these five tips for standup paddle boarding with a kid on board and you’ll be excited to bring your little one out there with you!
Here's some tips on how to take your young child on the paddle boarding with you.
Before you can set your child on top of your board, you first want to make sure that you, yourself, are stable on the board. You’re going to have wiggling child on the board that’ll add up to 50 pounds on your board, so it’s important that you can keep the board stable, but also be able to actually paddle, too.
Since you are going to be adding another person to the board, you want to make sure you have a board that is going to be large enough to accommodate your child. Not only do you want it to be long enough, but you want to make sure that you don’t exceed the weight capacity. There are board that can take as much as 385 pounds, whereas others can only take 225 pounds.
While your children may not show any interest in paddle boarding right now, they will enjoy being on the paddle board while you do all the hard work. It’s a good idea to start when they are around 3 or 4 years old. We don’t recommend any younger than that for general safety reasons.
We cannot stress the importance of having your children wear a life jacket while out on the water with you. You might think that you’ll be able to jump in and save them should they fall or jump into the water, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry—even if your child doth protest!
It might be a lot of fun to go standup paddle boarding in choppy waters, but with a little one on board, it isn’t the best idea. To keep your children safe, even if with the life jacket, you’re going to want to stick to calm waters like small lakes or pounds. The smoother the water, the easier it will be to keep your balance and keep you both up on the board.
These are very basic tips for stand up paddle boarding with a kid on board, but even the basic stuff can be the difference between having an enjoyable family outing and regretting the decision to take your kids out on a paddle board.