What should I wear?
There’s a decent chance you’ll fall in, and you’ll be wet up to your knees if you have to wade out. Lots of SUPers opt for swimwear. If you're in warm water, it doesn’t much matter what you wear, as long as you don’t mind it getting soaked!
In colder waters such as Eleven Mile Reservoir, Vega, and Yampa River, wetsuits are highly recommended. Be smart - don't risk hypothermia!
What about shoes?
If you're on calm waters, none required! You’ll use your toes and feet to balance and grip the board, so it’s best to go barefoot.
In creeks and rivers where you might take a rocky fall or two, it's a good idea to wear protective water shoes with a good grip.
Can more than one person paddle on one board?
Yes! This can change the balance dynamic, but partner paddle boarding is a fun option.
What safety precautions should I take?
There must be one PFD and one sound-producing device (like a whistle) on board per individual at all times. On rivers and creeks, wear a helmet. Check with vendors and experts to make sure all of your equipment is correct for your chosen location. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential!
Be aware of your surroundings. Dangers differ based on the location and the day. Pay attention to weather, wakes, rapids, rocks and other individuals on the water. Storms can come in fast - be prepared to get to shore quickly.
How much does it cost?
Since buying a board usually costs upwards of $1,000, it's best to rent until you're sure you love it! Prices vary by vendor, but you can expect to pay about $20-$30 for an hour rental, or $50-$70 for a whole day.
Many companies also offer lessons or SUP Yoga classes. These vary greatly in price depending on class size, location, and experience level; you might pay anywhere from $35 to $160.
Can I SUP wherever I want?
No. There are regulations in place due to safety. Check with your intended destination or our parks pages to make sure paddle boarding is permitted there.