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How To Swim With Your Paddle

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Created by Skeeee > 9 months ago, 30 Aug 2016
Skeeee
VIC, 245 posts
30 Aug 2016 6:40PM
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Have you ever snapped a leash or become detached from your board, and had to swim after it? If you have then you’ll know that swimming with a paddle is not easy. The paddle swim is a great technique to allow you to swim efficiently, whilst still keeping hold of your paddle. The last thing you want is to have to ditch your paddle too! But remember that prevention is always better than cure. So remember to regularly check your leash for any wear and tear, so you can replace it before it breaks! A new leash is going to be cheaper than a new board and leash!

baldrick
QLD, 134 posts
30 Aug 2016 9:35PM
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Wow 11 videos that everyone has already seen or isn't interested in!

DavidJohn
VIC, 16089 posts
30 Aug 2016 10:01PM
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Great vid.. but remember if there's any current or wind forget your paddle instantly.. Go hard for the board and if you're lucky enough to catch your board then hand/prone paddle the board back to look for your paddle..

LeeD
402 posts
31 Aug 2016 8:45AM
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Alternate with the side stroke, a slower stroke that you can swim 5 times longer without expending much energy.

tightlines
WA, 3140 posts
31 Aug 2016 11:16AM
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If you have board shorts on most of them will have a loop in the pocket that is big enough to thread the handle through and just let it drag.
Or the older type wetsuits with the back zipper usually have a long enough bit of material attached that you can tie around the handle.
Alternatively if your legrope has broken but still has a long enough piece attached to your ankle you can tie it with that.


I'd be trying one of these methods first I think

Craig66
NSW, 1557 posts
31 Aug 2016 5:27PM
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If your a FOB (fat old bloke) there will be No swimming at speed

surfinJ
420 posts
31 Aug 2016 9:35PM
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tightlines said..
If you have board shorts on most of them will have a loop in the pocket that is big enough to thread the handle through and just let it drag.
Or the older type wetsuits with the back zipper usually have a long enough bit of material attached that you can tie around the handle.
Alternatively if your legrope has broken but still has a long enough piece attached to your ankle you can tie it with that.


I'd be trying one of these methods first I think


Last winter I took a way too long 45 min swim after a leash break. Since then I have this same trick ready on standby for the next time.



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