With the weather warming, it looks like we’re approaching another classic Alberta summer. Meaning that if you blink, you’ll miss it. So, we’ve got to squeeze as much fun out of Summer as you can in a limited time! Take to the lake or river this summer with a stand-up paddleboard! It’s a great way to enjoy the scenic lakes and rivers of Alberta in a different way than you thought you could.

Looking to buy? Here are some things to consider:

Inflatable stand up paddleboards can save you a lot of storage space compared to the non-inflatable models! They pack away easily in a bag that comes with the paddleboard from us at United! Make sure you have the proper accessories for your stand-up paddleboard.

  • Paddles: a paddleboard without a paddle doesn’t make much sense, so thankfully our stand-up paddleboards come with paddles included!
  • Accessories: addons like an attachable seat can help you experience paddleboarding in a different way and can also help you get involved even if you haven’t quite got the hang of standing up on the board. These won’t always be included but can be a worthwhile addition for people who are either just learning or don’t want to stand up for the entire trip!
  • Leash: don’t let your board get away from you! Make sure you’re always leashed up.
  • Pump: many paddleboards come with specific pumps that make inflation easier.
  • Bag: roll in style and easily store your board with a special bag!
  • Life jacket: it’s important to keep yourself and others safe when you’re on the water.

Now that you’ve got your setup, it’s time to think about getting out on the lake. But before that, here are some things to consider before your maiden voyage!

Paddleboarding might seem a bit intimidating at first, but it’s easier to learn than you might think! Here are some tips for coming to grips with stand-up paddleboarding.

Learn the technique on dry land

Muscle memory will help you apply the same technique in the water!

Keep your feet shoulder width apart

Uneven footing can upset your balance on the board.

Don’t try to stand up all in one motion

Start from a kneeling position, then slowly work your way up to standing.

Start with a calm body of water

Having less wind to contend with can help you learn the ropes easier!

Now that you’ve got your stand-up paddleboard and learned the basics, it’s time to set out on the water for real! Edmonton and the surrounding areas have some great places to board during the summer months. If you’re feeling confident in your skills, you can try at certain spots in the North Saskatchewan River. If you’re looking for a calmer experience, Astotin Lake located in Elk Island Provincial Park provides some great views and calm waters for a day out! Other lakes just outside of Edmonton like Big Lake and Islet Lake also give you a chance to get out into nature without making too long of a trip!

Regardless of your skill level, stand up paddleboarding is an opportunity to create great memories with friends this summer without having to break the bank on travel. With ample opportunities to rent and purchase a long-lasting board, you can start experiencing the joy of stand up paddleboarding right away!