Paddle boarding is a fantastic way of exploring the sea and other large areas of water. It’s much gentler on the body than other watersports such as surfing and less tiring on the arms than kayaking.
However, like all activities in and on the water, there are a number of inherent risks and common paddle boarding accidents associated with the sport.
What are the most common paddle boarding accidents and injuries?
- Back injuries
Paddle boarding requires a lot of standing, bending and pushing to guide the board through the water. It’s absolutely essential to maintain the right technique and posture to avoid back injuries.
- Knee injuries
Similar to the back, paddle boarding puts considerable strain on your knees. You will constantly be shifting between squatting and standing positions. If you have a history of knee problems, then make sure that your joints are sufficiently supported by strapping and make sure to take regular breaks.
- Falling off
The best paddle boarders make it look simple and effortless. The reality is it can take some time to master the board. Falling off is a regular occurrence and shouldn’t be too serious providing you take some basic precautions. For example, try and make sure you fall away from the board so you don’t suffer any impact injuries, and don’t paddle near rocks or anywhere where you’re not sure what’s beneath the surface.
The most serious and tragic consequence of a paddle boarding accident. Thankfully, instances of drowning are considerably rarer than other common paddle boarding accidents, mainly because of the safety precautions in place. For example, weak swimmers should always wear a life jacket. First-time paddle boarders should also be given a thorough induction and instruction session by the paddle board company before heading out to sea.
- Sunburn and heat exhaustion
Such is the thrill of paddle boarding, it’s easy to forget exactly how long you’ve been out on the water. Before you know it, you may not have the energy to get back to shore or, once you do, you may find yourself turned red by more than your physical exertions.
Making a claim
If you suffer one of these common paddle boarding accidents, or any other accident on holiday that wasn’t your fault, then you may be due some personal injury compensation.
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