Inflatable Paddle Boards are a great way to get out and about on the water, but they can be dangerous if not used correctly. This article will look at how to inflate your board properly for safety and also give you some tips on how to use it safely.
How do I inflate my inflatable paddle board?
The first thing you need to know is that there are two ways of inflating an inflatable paddle board. You can either blow air into the tube or pump up the bladder with a hand pump. If you have never inflated one before then blowing air into the tube may seem like the best option as it is easier. However, this method does require a lot more air than pumping up the bladder. So in order to make sure you don’t over-inflate the board, we recommend using a hand pump instead.
Pumping Up Your Board
The most common type of hand pump is called a ‘pump-up’. The size and shape of these pumps varies based on the size board you have. They usually consist of a long handle which has a small hole in the end through which air enters the bladder.
When you squeeze the handle, the air inside the bladder pushes against the walls of the bladder causing them to expand. As the bladder expands, the pressure increases and causes the bladder to push against the sides of the tube. Once the bladder reaches its full capacity, the pump stops working. To deflate the board, simply remove the handle from the hole and let the air escape back into the tube.
Blowing Air Into The Tube
Inflating small boards like children’s paddles is easy with this method. It is a good way for beginners to learn how to inflate their own boards. You should blow air into the tube until it is completely filled. Once the tube has been pulled away from your mouth, slowly release the air. To prevent air from escaping, make sure your lips are sealed around it.
When should I inflate my board?
If you plan on going out on the water for longer periods of time, it is advisable to inflate your board before you go. This ensures that the board is ready when you arrive at the beach. If you wait until after you have arrived, it could take several hours to fill the board again.
What happens if I overinflate my board?
Overinflating your board can cause damage to the bladder and tube. Over inflation can also affect the performance of the board. For example, if the bladder gets too big, it will start to sag under its own weight. It will sink faster and become harder to control as a consequence. Also, if the bladder becomes too large, it will become less buoyant and will float lower in the water. This makes it harder to steer and balance the board.
How do I store my board?
Ensure that you store your board securely once you have finished using it. Ideally, you should store it flat on a hard surface. If you cannot find a suitable place, try putting it in the boot of your car. Tarpaulins or plastic sheeting should be used if you leave it outside. Do not put it in the trunk of your car as the heat generated by the engine could cause the bladder to burst.
Can I use my board while it is still wet?
Yes! In fact, many people prefer to inflate their board when they get home rather than waiting until the next day. As a result, you’ll wake up to the board already set up.
How much air should I add to my board?
It depends on the size of the board. Smaller boards such as children’s paddle boards only require about 5 – 10 PSI (pounds per square inch). Larger boards such as surfboards require between 15 – 20 PSI.
The best way to determine this is to measure the diameter of the tube. You can then calculate how many PSI you need based on the formula:
PSI Diameter x Length / 2
For example, if you are inflating a 12″ tube, you would multiply 12 x 6/2 36 PSI.
Do I need to inflate my board completely?
If your board is fully inflated, it is difficult to determine. It is, however, possible to detect signs that the board is close to being ready for use. Firstly, the board should feel firm and steady. Furthermore, the edges should be rounded off. Lastly, the board must be able to stand up without sagging. Finally, it must be floating at eye level to be smooth in the water.
The inflatable paddle board is a great way to improve your fitness levels. It is an excellent workout and it provides a great workout. When using an inflatable paddle board, you should always follow the instructions on the board, including how to inflate it and how to store it afterwards.