Frequently Asked Questions for Stand Up Paddle Malaysia
1. Do I need reservations?
We strongly suggest that you book your lesson as far in advance as possible. Our Stand up paddle lesson fill up quickly, especially during the peak season like monsoon season, weekends and public holidays. All trips we offer are by advance reservation only, please check our description for more details.
2. Is Stand Up Paddle safe?
Stand up paddling is a relatively safe sport as long as you paddle within your limits. Never paddle when there’s strong offshore winds, currents, or waves beyond your ability level.
3. What is Stand Up Paddle?
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP) is a relatively new sport, an oversized surfboard where the rider stands on his board using a paddle to propel himself through the water.
An inflatable stand up paddleboard (or iSUP) is much lighter than a traditional board and packs down into a backpack when deflated for easy to carry, storage and travel purposes.
4. Do I need a lessons?
As an observer who’s never tried, paddle boarding may look simple. Although standing up and paddling on a board is not difficult, there’s more to the sport then you may think.
The key to mastering paddleboarding isn’t about how strong you are, but rather it’s all about technique! To avoid common beginner mistakes (think: standing with straight legs looking down rather than with legs slightly bent like in skiing for better balance and for gazing ahead at the horizon), a new paddleboarder should sign up for a lesson with an instructor.
A proper lesson from an experienced instructor will be fun and will save you loads of time and frustration, you will know how to correctly hold a paddle, proper paddling technique, basic turns on the board, how to stay safe in wind and waves, and how to fall and climb up the paddleboard.
Paddle boarding can be a relaxing, comfortable and casual sport, but with the proper knowledge and technique you’ll get even more enjoyment out of this wonderful sport.
5. Is Stand Up Paddle easy to learn?
It is like riding a bike, a little practice, and finding your balance and stance you will quickly learn and master your paddling stroke. Start paddle left, right, turning and stand up on the board, and paddling.
6. How long does it take to learn?
This can vary from the individual learning curve and balance on the board. However, it is fun and can be very quick to grasp, once you have found your balance you can be paddling downstream in no time. It is certainly possible for first-time paddlers to stand up and paddle within 20 minutes.
7. What should I bring to my Stand Up Paddle lessons?
School will provide all the stand up paddle equipment required for your lessons.
We recommend the following thing to bring with you:
Waterwear clothing like lycra, boardshort and similar.
Take an eco-friendly, long-lasting sunscreen (SPF +50) for sun protection.
Water to stay hydrated, a few nuts and dry fruits or a banana to get some quick energy.
Right attitude! Smile, have fun while learning stand up paddle and be positive! You will learn super quickly!
8. What ages can learn?
Stand up paddle is a great sport for people of all ages. We recommeded minimum height 4ft above and 50kg of weight. The only requirements are that you be comfortable in the water, able to get from a sitting or kneeling position to standing and that you want to learn to paddling.
9. Do I need to be a good swimmer to Stand Up Paddle?
No, you don’t have to be a good swimmer, but you should be comfortable in the water. We teach you how to hang on to your equipment if you fall. That way you do not lose the paddle and board which is your primary floatation device. You always want to stay with your board.
10. Do I keep falling during lesson?
When you fall, jump away from your board. Emerge from the water slowly with your arms shielding your head just in case the board has drifted above you.
Everybody falls, so it’s important to practice falling safely. Always paddle in deep water and keep yourself away from rocks or hard surfaces. If you’re coming into shallow water, it’s best to paddle on your knees. Keep a vast distance between you and other paddlers. Remember, everyone needs room to fall and move.
11. Should I wear a Life Jacket?
Of course, it’s always best to paddle with a personal flotation device (PFD) as a backup — just in case you lose your board. School will provide you the PFD and leash for the board.
12. How do I book the Stand Up Paddle Lesson?
You can book the lesson by filling the Booking Form on our website. If you have any questions about the lesson before booking, please call or WhatsApp our General Line for assistant at +60196638336
13. How early should I arrive beforehand to meeting point?
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your lesson. If you are not familiar with the area you may want to allow some extra time before your departure time. Make sure to get good directions before you leave home (we provide Google & Waze Map in your Confirmation Email).
FYI: Be sure to take your instructor or OXBOLD contact number info with you. All lesson start at the set scheduled and times, if you are late or you have missed the lesson. Make sure you are familiar with our booking policies.
14. What happens on a typical Stand Up Paddle Lesson?
Your lesson begins when you meet us at the meeting point and time. Follow the SOP and make sure you have done all the necessary parts before meeting up with your stand up paddle instructor.
The instructor will help you to prepare your Stand up paddle board, paddle, and safety gear like life jackets and etc. Follow up, on land briefing of stand up paddle theory and safety aspect you should know during the lesson in an open sea or lake. Depends on the duration of the lesson you booked, both of you will have a break to come back to shore for some water and snack to boost up the energy before continuing to paddling.
15. What happens if there is bad weather?
Stand up paddle has always been a weather-dependent sport. If you have been scheduled, you must come to the lesson venue regardless of weather conditions. If we feel it is necessary to cancel, we will call you. If inclement weather occurs after you arrive, all lessons will either be postponed until later in the day, or reschedule.
Lesson will recommence when weather conditions do not compromise safety. Lightning: In the event of a severe lightning storm, activities may stop or wait for rain stop. Activities may be delayed if a storm is occuring at the activities area. If the rain keep continue and activities may be cancelled or postpone to a later date. In the case of the activities cancellation, participants are offered the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
16. Do I need to get insurance coverage for my Stand Up Paddle Lesson?
Insurance is optional however, we highly recommended you get it. You can purchase insurance coverage for your lesson with us. Insurance is non-refundable once it's issued. Click here for Insurance Benefits.