Safety Guide

This is a guide only. Brighton SUP Ltd will not be held responsible for the safety of Hirers and Hirers should consult our HIRER Terms and Conditions for further clarification.

Get instruction

If you are at all uncertain about using a Paddleboard then get instruction. We work with instructors and can arrange you and your friends an introductory lesson - they usually last 2 hours and will provide you with all the basics you need to get up and paddling safely!

Do not enter the water under dangerous conditions

We know that the weather can change, and we will refund you if the weather in your pre-booked slot means it is not safe to enter the water.
Avoid entering the sea if there are waves and high winds. We monitor wind speed and if the wind speed is above 10 knots we will not release boards.
If the sea is choppy, we can recommend some sheltered areas to paddle.

Non- swimmers should not use the boards

If you are a non-swimmer, then you must not use a Paddleboard.

Wear Personal Flotation Devices

Wear the life jacket that we provide you. Falling into the water can be a shock and even strong swimmers can struggle. We also advise you to fully immerse yourself in the water before getting on the board.

Wear the leash

Always wear the leash. When you fall in (its inevitable) you will want to retrieve your paddle so you do not want to risk being separated from your board. Put the leash on as soon as you get into the water

Stay within the swimming areas of Brighton and Hove beaches

They are marked by yellow buoys. Do not stray outside of these areas and ensure you remain close to shore.

Always supervise youngsters

We will not rent boards to under 18s. You must always supervise youngsters. They can get out of their depth and into problems very quickly and its critical you keep a close eye on them.

Speak to lifeguards

If you are new to paddling we always recommend paddling on a lifeguarded beach and speak to them before entering the water. If you plan to river paddle ensure that you enter the water at a permitted point and that Paddleboards are allowed.

Tell someone where you are going

Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to get back.

Take a mobile phone

If you can, take a charged mobile phone in a sealed dry bag in case of an emergency.

Take adequate clothing for your trip

Do not wear jeans of other water-logging clothes or wellington boots, waders, heavy waterproofs. If you are paddling a distance, take spare clothes in a dry bag. If it’s cold, wear a wetsuit. We can advise on where you can rent these.

Be realistic

If you are new to paddling, don’t try and paddle long distances. Stay close to the shore and always ensure you have an exit point on the beach

River Paddling

If paddling on a river, do not go through locks and use the “Portage” areas and carry your boards round. Avoid the tops and bottoms of all weirs.

Plan for tides

If you are on the sea, be aware of the tide times and strengths and always seek expert advice if unsure.

Protect yourself from the sun

Wear sun protection – the sun reflecting off the water will significantly increase your exposure.

Keep hydrated and your energy up

Take water and snacks if you are planning on a longer trip.

Paddle in pairs

We highly recommend paddling in pairs so you can assist one another if you encounter problems.

Do not use faulty equipment

Whilst we always check our kit before it goes out, things can fail. If you have any doubts, do not use it. Contact us and we will do our best to sort any problems out as quickly as possible.

Have fun & take care!