Before spending hundreds of dollars on a paddle board you can go to a local rental place and RENT A SUP!
This usually costs only about $20 an hour or so. Much less expensive than buying your own and it’s a great way to try out the sport and see if you like it.
I always encourage my friends who want to come out with me to rent and then I bring my board along with us to the rental place. I love to see people trying out a paddle board for the first time and any city that has a popular body of water probably has SUP Rentals.
Here is everything you will need to know or have with you when you rent.
Read their Rental Policy
Your first time renting from anywhere, it will always be helpful to do a little research.
Make sure you know the hours they are open, how old you have to be in order to rent and if you will need to sign a waiver ahead of time. Most places are great with walk ups and have everything you could need it is just helpful to know ahead of time.
One of the things I always ask is do they have lockers? Like if I wear my tennis shoes down to the dock, and bring my phone and keys – do they have a secure place that I can put them while I am out on the water.
Safety First – Life Jacket and Sun Protection
All places legally will provide you with what is needed, a life jacket is usually the most important here!
If you want to bring your own, if it’s more comfortable or you are more comfortable wearing your own than bring that!
Sunscreen is important here. Being out on the water the sun doesn’t just hit you from the sky. It also reflects off the water and people burn much easier from this reflection so it is important to bring your sunscreen.
I have linked a few of my favorite sunscreen products for being out on the water!
Neutrogena Sport Sunscreen – Small, great for swimming and keeping with you on your board!
Sport Defense 70 SPF Neutrogena
Waterproof Case – Keep your Phone dry
One of the coolest things these days is that our phones are often water resistant or even waterproof! This does’t mean they’re going to work when it falls off the board and into the bottom of the ocean.
I always bring along a waterproof cell phone bag. It has a lanyard that I can either wear on my neck or can hook to the handle on the board. This means I can take pictures, know what time it is for when my rental is up and what not!
I have linked some of my favorite waterproof bags for paddle boarding. These are great for a boat on the lake day, or even tubing on the river!
I use mine all the time. They are affordable and get often used if you are someone who likes the water as much as I do.
Waterproof Case for Phone
Waterproof Floating Backpack – For more than just your phone!
Water Shoes – Nice to Have
These are absolutely not a necessity but it something I personally wear. I have a pair of waterproof sandals that I can take off and strap to my board if I want to be barefoot.
Sometime when I am putting my board in or taking it out you have to step in the water for a second – I personally like to have some foot protection here! With critters and crawlers under the water, but also I sometimes worry there are sharp rocks or even broken glass where I am walking.
Waterproof shoes of any kind work great, especially if you can take them off while you stand to get the barefoot full effect on the board. I love that feeling.
Teva! Waterproof Sandals – These are my favorite cause I can strap them to my board.
Aqua Socks – Flexible and Comfortable for Paddling, as well as yoga or just being outside in the water.
Hard or Inflatable
A lot of paddle places will rent you a hard board if that’s what they have available. But many more places are infesting in inflatable SUP‘s because they have become so durable and easy to store.
This is something you just have to ask!
Request to try an inflatable board if they have it! It is a completely new experience using an inflatable board if you have not before. Ask your rental place about your board options, they are likely to have a few different kinds to try.
Grab a Friend and Rent a Board!