Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a water activity that allows you to explore Moxie lake, the lower Kennebec River, Indian Pond, and many more waterforms(?) while enjoying the beauty of nature. If you’re planning to rent a stand-up paddleboard, it’s essential to come prepared with the right gear and essentials to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Below we’ll guide you through the must-have items to bring for your stand-up paddleboarding rental adventure. From safety gear and proper attire to hydration and sun protection, let’s dive into the essentials that will enhance your SUP journey. Three Rivers Whitewater rents Stand-up Paddle Board for you to use in the forks.
A paddle board will be provided with your rental payment.
Paddle: Navigating the Waters
A paddle will be provided with your rental board. Ensure the paddle is the correct length for your height and has a comfortable grip. Adjust it according to your preference before hitting the water.
Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Prioritize Safety
Safety should always be a priority, even if you’re a confident swimmer. A personal flotation devices (PFDs) or life jackets will be provided with your rental board. Wear one that fits properly and meets safety standards, especially if you’re paddling in open water or unfamiliar conditions.
Proper Attire: Dress for Water Adventure
Choose appropriate swimwear or athletic clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Consider wearing a rash guard or wetsuit if the weather or water temperature calls for it. Don’t forget to bring a hat and sunglasses for sun protection!
Water Shoes: Protect Your Feet
While renting a stand-up paddleboard, it’s a good idea to bring water shoes or aqua socks to protect your feet from rocks or other potential hazards in the water. They provide traction and help prevent slips on the board.
Water and Snacks:
Stay Hydrated and Energized
Bring a water bottle or hydration pack to keep yourself well-hydrated during your paddleboarding session. Pack lightweight, non-perishable snacks to maintain your energy levels throughout the adventure.
Waterproof Bag: Keep Your Belongings Dry
Carry a waterproof bag or container to protect your personal items, such as keys, phones, wallets, and snacks, from water damage. It ensures that your valuables stay dry and secure during your paddleboarding adventure.
Sunscreen: Shield Your Skin from the Sun
Apply a waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF rating before heading out on the water. Reapply regularly, especially if you’re spending a long time under the sun. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial.
Towel: Dry Off and Relax
Pack a towel to dry off after your paddleboarding session or to sit on when taking breaks. It’s a practical item that adds comfort to your experience. A towel also can be used as a blanket when it gets chilly unexpectedly.
Waterproof Phone Case: Capture Memorable Moments
Consider investing in a waterproof phone case to protect your phone from accidental water damage. It allows you to capture photos or videos while paddleboarding without worrying about potential mishaps.
Knowledge of Local Conditions and Safety Guidelines
Before embarking on your rental paddleboarding adventure, familiarize yourself with local water conditions, rules, and safety guidelines. Understand any restrictions or recommendations in the area you’ll be paddling to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Knowing what wildlife is in the area is also helpful when your on the water.