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Night Paddling Tips from Rob Casey

A night SUP session can be something extremely beautiful. Paddling under the full moon for instance can be an exhilarating experience. Nigh SUP is something different, a new experience which many want to embrace, even if a few people think it is not that cool due to the fact that you have nothing to see or it could be dangerous. Well, if you want to experience the thrill of a night SUP Session, the guys at SUPConnect together with waterman and photographer Rob Casey have compiled a list of 14 tips to get you paddling safe at night time. Check it out:

1.  Get a chart of your route to put in a ziplock to carry with you.
2.  Wrap white electrical tape around your paddle shaft to find it easier if dropped in water.
3.  Stick reflective tape on your paddle blade to increase visibility if boaters shine a light towards you.
4.  Purchase two waterproof lights - one for your board or rear shoulder of your life jacket.
5.  The Coast Guard requires one white non blinking light when approaching another watercraft or for paddling in a busy waterway. Attach it so that it doesn’t affect your night vision or of those around you.
6.  Attach a second stronger light on a short string to shine directly at a boat if you feel a collision is possible.
7.  Waterproof laser pointers can be pointed at a boat’s pilot house if a collision is imminent.
8.  Prior to leaving, tell a friend of your route and return time.
9.  Check the wind and water conditions and determine if they are appropriate for your group – be willing to cancel if not.
10.  On the beach, give a short safety talk, count the number of paddlers in your group, and ask everyone to stay within sight and vocal distance of you.
11.  Underway, always use a leash – it’s easy to lose your board in the dark!
12.  During breaks on your board, place the paddle under your thigh so it doesn’t slip in and float away.
13.  Don’t rely on onshore lights for landmarks as they may be turned off. 
14.  Use your ears to listen for boat motors especially in urban areas where your eyes can fail when looking at so many lights on shore.