I had great fun Stand Up Paddleboarding with Westcountry Watersports in Mylor recently. It’s easier than it looks and lots of owners take their dogs along for the ride.
Here are have some advice from Stand Up Paddleboarding instructorRichard Marsh from West Country Water Sports in Mylor about how to enjoy SUP with your dog. If you scroll down we also have more photos and articles to help you get started if you would like to give it a try.
- Purchase a dog buoyancy aid or harness – as well as being an important safety precaution this will give your dog confidence in deeper water and it helps get them back on to the board if they do jump off.
- When starting to see if your dog is a paddle pooch, start in shallow water around knee depth, so it is easy for them to jump on or off!
- Start off by resting on your knees on the board the first few times you go out with your dog. It is easier to control your SUP and your SUP buddy and if all goes wrong, plus you don’t have far to fall in if he rocks the board.
- Once you’re both feeling confident, just start lightly paddling around on your knees, close to the shore with you dog ideally sitting in front of you.
- As you and your four legged friend get use to your partnership on the board try it stand up. When doing this part we recommend being in over waist water and clear of any objects you might hit as your fall such as boats, harbour walls etc. There’s a strong change of getting wet, so give yourself space and depth of water to fall safely.
- It will take a few attempts to achieve partly because you need to work out where best to stand with your dog sitting, standing or laying on the board.
- Finally head out a little further onto the water and let the adventure begin!
Want to know more? Click here for a sneak peak at the book How to Paddleboard with your Pup