Paddling Tips for beginning stand-up paddle boarders

Paddle boarding is one of the easiest and least expensive summer pastimes. All you have to do is rent the stand-up paddleboard, or SUP, find a body of water and you’re off! It’s the perfect way to explore Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding rivers, and it’s easy for the whole family.

However, if you’re new to SUP, you may not be familiar with the best techniques for paddle boarding. We’ve gathered a few tips on stand-up paddleboard stroke techniques to make your first time out a little easier. 

Blade slope facing away from you

It seems common nature to think that you should hold the paddle so that the angle of the blade slopes toward you and the paddle “scoops” the water. However, thanks to physics, this isn’t the most efficient way. Instead, hold the paddle the opposite way, so the blade pushes down on the water as you paddle. This creates lift and allows you to glide across the water.

Opposite hand on top

If you’re paddling on the right side of the board, your left hand should be on the top of the paddle, and vice versa. You’ll switch your grip each time you switch sides.

All about the core

Instead of trying to force your arms to do all the work, utilize your core are you paddle. To do this, stand on the board facing forward with a slight bend in your knees and look at the horizon as you paddle (not down at your feet.)

Pull past your paddle

Instead of just pulling your paddle through the water, think about pulling yourself past your paddle. To get the most out of your stroke, push the paddle down so it’s fully immersed in the water and then pull it back until it is level with your ankle.

Ready to hit the water? Rent a paddle board on Lake Coeur d’Alene through The Boardwalk Marina.