The team at Paddlefast are delighted to see that from tomorrow, 13th May, paddleboarders are allowed back on the water in England. Social distancing rules apply and you should only exercise with members of your household, but it's a start!
Obviously paddleboarders are full of cabin fever having been cooped up for some 7 weeks so far so don't let your enthusiasm overwhelm you with plans to navigate the length of Ullswater on your first outing!
If you haven't been able to practice paddling technique on land, take it slow and build up gently to remind your muscles what paddling is all about.
While one may be allowed to get in your car to travel to do exercise, that doesn't mean you should. Scotland and Wales are a no no for now as they are still 'staying at home'.
Be aware that certain beauty spots and their local facilities may quickly become overwhelmed if we all decide to head off for a sunny weekend. That will not endear paddleboarders to the locals...! We are fortunate enough to live on an island which is criss-crossed with lakes, reservoirs and canals so there is probably somewhere to play within a 30 minute drive. It might not be the most picturesque paddle, but it's an opportunity to get back on the water, so enjoy!
Pay attention to the authorities
As paddleboarders, we suffer from a lack of governing body to listen to. Therefore, we would recommend listening to a number of different sources to get an overview of sensible advice before hitting the water. Organisations such as BSUPA, British Canoeing Association (BCA), Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Canal River Trust, the RNLI or whoever manages your local body of water.
Whatever you get up to over the coming days and weeks, enjoy the freedom of being back out on the water (and take pity on your paddle buddies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who have to wait a little longer!).
Time for a paddle upgrade?
Been dreaming of something light and carbon to help you enjoy those longer paddle days? Looking for something racier? We have many paddles in stock from Naish, Starboard and Red Paddle Co.
Stop hiring, start saving!
Need something to spend that furlough money on? Been for a few SUP hire sessions? Head over to the Boards page and treat yourself to one of our top of the range boards from Red Paddle Co, Naish or Starboard.
If you are looking to get your hands on a second-hand board, we still have a couple available from last season. Head over to the clearance page for more details or call us on 01324 861 756 to speak to one of the team.