How To Inflate Your Paddle Board
Unroll your paddle board and find the valve cap. Prior to inflating the paddle board, make sure the valve stem is closed (stem up). To close it, push down the yellow stem within the valve with your thumb, twist clockwise, and let the spring pop up. When the valve stem is up, it’s a one-way valve – air can be pumped in through the valve, but it can’t escape.
Now, take the pump and attach the free end of the pump hose to the valve and twist clockwise until it locks in place.
Orient the hand pump so you can read the PSI gauge located on the top of the pump. Once you begin inflating the board, you’ll want the PSI gauge to reach 10-11 (note: the gauge will not register anything until the board reaches around 7 PSI). The last 40-ish pumps will be fairly difficult and will make you regret not starting that exercise routine you promised yourself you’d complete during quarantine.
Once you think the paddle board is fully inflated, take a minute break to forgive yourself for binge watching your way through the last year, then proceed to give it 10-20 more pumps. This might seem unnecessary, but as soon as your paddle board enters the cold water the air constricts, and your board will be less rigid/stable. So, give it those last 10-20 pumps – you’ll be grateful you did.
How to Deflate Your Paddle Board
Prior to deflating the board, make sure the valve area is dry, so water doesn’t get inside the board when you open the valve. To open the valve, press down and turn the valve stem (yellow button) counter-clockwise to get it to lock in the down position.
Once the valve is down, you can roll up the board (like a sleeping bag) from the nose end and force the air to run out the valve. Once you’ve got all the air out and the board rolled up, push down and twist the valve stem to release it so it locks in the up position. With the valve in the up position, air will no longer be able to escape the board or enter the board.
Take the strap provided to secure the bundled paddle board into place and cinch down for a tighter hold.
How to Pack and Return Your Paddle Board
Before placing anything back into the locker, make sure all items are clean and dry*. Place your life jacket on the hook inside the locker, the pump on floor of the locker, disconnect the three-piece paddle and place inside the locker, and lastly – place the tightly rolled up paddle board (with strap cinched down) inside the locker. Once you shut the locker door, don’t forget to scramble the padlock before you leave.
*Gear that is dirty and/or wet will incur additional cleaning fees.