Tips for whitewater SUP paddling:
- Take a whitewater kayaking or sup class to learn how river current works and learn safety and rescues. Some folks offer river rescue classes, a great resource.
- In cold water, wear a full surfing wetsuit (4/3mm - 6mm) or full drysuit for warmth.
- Attach leash above knee or waist to avoid entanglement on rocks, logs, etc.
- Always wear a good helmet. I prefer the Gath helmets for their ear protection.
- Wear a PFD (life jacket) not only for floatation, but for warmth and collision (rocks) protection. Also in my PFD or on it, I carry a knife, energy bar, extra skull cap, ear or nose plugs, watch, sun block, and a compact mylar emergency blanket.
- Booties are nice to walking on rocks along the shore. Companies such as NRS have great sturdy soled booties that have ankle protection as well.
- Consider rubber fins or no fins at all.
- If paddling in a boulder strewn river, consider body protection - shoulders, elbows, shins, etc.
- Bring Water. I get more dehydrated in whitewater than any other type of paddling.