Going Standup Paddleboarding? Here Are the Rules!

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Standup paddleboards (SUPs) have been growing in popularity in recent years. However, just like with canoes and kayaks, there are certain rules you need to know before you take one out!


You must always have an inflatable belt pack (IBP) or a lifejacket with you when you’re on your SUP. You don’t have to wear it. However, if you don’t, it must still be with you on your SUP.


You must have a 15m floating rope with you if you do not wear your lifejacket or IBP while on your SUP. This rope is used to tow someone who has fallen in the water to their boat.

Important! Your leash (the line that attaches you to your SUP) is not considered a floating rope.


You must always have a whistle with you on your SUP. If you are in an emergency, it lets you call for help over a long distance.


If you’re going out after sunset, you must have a waterproof flashlight with you.

The Essentials

If you’re wearing your lifejacket or IBP, you must have a:

  • whistle
  • waterproof flashlight (after sunset).

If you’re not wearing your lifejacket or IBP, you must have a:

  • lifejacket or IBP
  • 15m floating rope
  • whistle
  • waterproof flashlight (after sunset).