Can You Sit Down on a Paddle Board? Plus More SUP Questions Answered

Paddle boarding is a great way to get some exercise, hang out with friends, and explore the outdoors. But some folks want a more relaxing experience which begs the question: can you sit down on a paddle board? 

The answer is a resounding Yes! Sitting on a paddle board is a very comfortable way to ride.

Sitting is a great way for new paddle boarders to get started, and it’s also an excellent way to take a break when you have been on your feet paddling for a long time.

This blog post will share tips for sitting down on your stand-up paddle board, including reasons why you might want to sit on a SUP.

Best Ways To Sit On A Paddle Board

One of the best ways to enjoy paddle boarding is by sitting on the board with your legs crossed.

Sitting cross-legged allows you to have a stable position while you paddle.

Another option is to straddle the board with your legs out in front of you, knees bent, and your lower legs in the water, which helps to keep you cool.

Another option is to add a cooler or seat to the paddle board, so you have something supportive to sit on.

In addition, using a cooler will help keep your snacks and drinks close at hand and give you a place to rest when you need a break.

Why Sit On A Paddle Board?

Why the heck would you sit down on a paddle board? Honestly, there are many good reasons to sit on a SUP. So let’s take a deeper look.

Take Pictures

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Paddle boarding is a great way to explore and take some fantastic pictures.

But it’s much easier to take the highest quality photos from the seated position if the water is rough or you are not 100% confident in your SUP skills.

When you sit on a SUP, you’ll have much more stability and won’t have to worry about falling in the water.

Nobody wants to see your blurry selfie. So, if you’re trying to take a selfie or group photo, sit on your paddle board for better quality pics.

Capture your paddle boarding experience by taking photos so you won’t forget it.


SUP fishing is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s no wonder why. Paddle boarding is the perfect way to access all those hard-to-reach fishing spots.

If you’re new to SUP fishing, the best way to start is by sitting on your board. If you are not confident in your ability to stand up and cast (or reel in the big one) from a SUP, it’s much better to sit down and enjoy your fishing experience.

Once you get the hang of it, you can try standing up and fishing, but for starters, sitting on the paddle board is the way to go.

Take A Break

If you spend a lot of time on a SUP, at some point, you will need to take a break and simply sit down on your paddle board.

Paddling for long periods can be exhausting, sitting down is a good way to rest your arms and legs.

Sitting on your paddle board will provide you with much-needed rest.

Eat Or Drink

When dining on a paddle board, I firmly believe that sitting down is the way to go.

You’re much more stable when seated, so there’s far less risk of tipping over and making a mess. Plus, sitting down and relaxing is more comfortable while enjoying your meal or drink.

Next time hunger strikes when you are paddling, sit down, take your time and enjoy your food. 

A Different Vantage Point

Standing on a SUP gives you a great vantage point, but sitting on a paddle board is a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Sitting down on a paddle board, you’re closer to the water, which can be both peaceful and exhilarating. You can take a little cat nap if you’re paddling through calm waters.

You can enjoy the view without worrying about balance, and it’s a great way to get a different perspective on the world around you.

With your feet dangling in the water, it’s easy to let the stresses of the day melt away. So next time you’re out on the paddle board, don’t be afraid to sit down and enjoy the ride.

Have Fun on a Paddle Board Without Standing

Just because you’re sitting down doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy paddle boarding.

You can still paddle around and explore your surroundings. Here are some ways to have fun without standing up on a paddle board.

Go for a Swim

SUPs make great platforms for swimming, with their large decks providing plenty of space to sit and relax. In addition, paddle boards are stable and comfortable, and they’re easy to get on and off.

So, if you are sitting on your board, you can easily slip into the water for a swim and get back on the paddle board.

Next time you feel hot and sticky, jump on your board and head for the water – it’s the perfect way to cool down.

Paddle Board Seat

Adding a seat to a paddle board is a great way to make it more comfortable and more stable. Many SUPs have D rings so that you can attach a seat.

A paddle board seat is an excellent option if you want to paddle long distances or if you’re going to be sitting on your board for a long time. It’s also a good idea if you’re not confident in your ability to stand up on a SUP.

With a seat, you can sit back and relax while paddling. If you’re looking for a more comfortable ride or need to take a break while you are paddling, adding a seat is a great idea.


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You can still get a workout even if sitting on a SUP. So whether you are paddling (a great upper body workout) or practicing SUP yoga, there are plenty of options to exercise while sitting on a paddle board.

Lay down

One of my favorite things to do when I’m out on a SUP is lie down on the board and take a break. I close my eyes and float.

It’s a great way to recharge your batteries and enjoy the moment. And it’s also a great way to take in the scenery. You have a completely different perspective on your surroundings when lying down.

So next time you’re out on a SUP, take some time to relax and enjoy the view.

Other paddle boarding questions

Can You Sit on a Paddle Board and Paddle It?

Yes, you can sit on a SUP and paddle it. Sitting is great for beginners to get comfortable on a paddle board before standing up.

Can I Use a Paddle Board Like a Kayak?

Yes, you can use a SUP like a kayak. Many paddle boards have D rings so that you can add a seat to the board. Also, some SUPs come with a paddle that doubles as a kayak paddle.

How Do You Sit on SUP?

There are various ways to sit on a paddle board to find the most comfortable position. For example, you can sit with your legs crossed or straight out in front of you. 

You can also sit with your legs over the sides of the board, which is a great way to cool off. Finally, some people sit on their knees.


Sitting down on a paddle board is a great way to start if you are a beginner. It’s also a great way to take a break after paddling.

Make sure you sit in the middle of the board, near the carry handle, so you are balanced on the board.

Have fun and enjoy the perspectives you get when sitting on a paddle board.

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Steve Morrow
Steve Morrow owns Paddle About, an outdoor recreation and travel blog. Steve loves to travel, kayak, paddle board, camp, hike, and spend time outdoors with his wife and two kids. When he's not exploring the great outdoors, Steve enjoys writing about his adventures and sharing tips for getting the most out of your outdoor experiences. He has a lot of interesting stories to share, and he's always happy to help others get more out of life.