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Every year the coastguard carries out many thousands of rescues around New Zealand, at a cost of literally hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. Thousands of people are rescued - but sadly not everyone gets home safe.   Don’t be one of those people. Over the last 5 days we’ve worked through the five essential safety [...]

By |2020-10-23T20:13:29+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Carry Communications!

What will you do if you are out on your paddleboard and you get into difficulties - or you find someone else in difficulties? Can you communicate? It’s an essential part of SUP safety. Last summer there were several high profile rescues of paddlecraft (including paddleboards) where the paddlers had been caught out by a [...]

By |2020-10-21T19:53:43+00:00October 21st, 2020|SUP Safety|0 Comments

Know the conditions, before you go out!

There’s absolutely no excuse for not knowing the weather/water condition before you go paddleboarding - it’s all right there on your phone.  KNOW what strength and direction the wind is going to be. If it’s blowing offshore and strengthening, maybe consider paddling somewhere else (or not at all!). KNOW if there's any significant change in [...]

By |2020-10-20T19:47:23+00:00October 20th, 2020|SUP Safety|0 Comments

Safety Attitudes Survey – please help?!

Please take a few moments to assist us in our study into stand-up paddleboarders' understanding and approach to safety and safety equipment by completing our safety survey. You may end up winning yourself a Hutchwilco beltpack PFD, perfect for paddleboarding! Hutchwilco have very kindly donated a box of these great PFDs as prizes to be [...]

By |2020-08-31T21:28:43+00:00August 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

NZSUP Annual General Meeting 2020 – you are invited!

The New Zealand Stand Up Paddling Inc (NZSUP) Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 6 September 2020  at Takapuna Boating Club offices (39 The Strand, Takapuna). NZSUP is a not-for-profit Incorporated Society run by a volunteer committee: the President, Secretary and Treasurer and several others, who are passionate about stand up paddling, both [...]

By |2020-08-09T22:49:17+00:00July 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paddling Safely in Level 3 Lockdown

Keeping it safe is the most important consideration for paddling in Level 3. It’s really important that everybody really heeds this, the last thing we want is any bad publicity created by paddlers pushing their limits and ending up needing to be rescued, potentially upsetting the applecart for everyone else. There is also the extra [...]

By |2020-04-29T09:10:29+00:00April 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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