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The main problem is holding the dink steady while you try to stand up and grab something sturdy while not tipping the dink over or letting it move away as you step.
If you're in an inflatable, tipping the dinghy is not a problem as long as you don't step on the pontoon with nobody else aboard. However, they do like to slide away. I find spring lines to cleats or stanchions help a lot with this, though only in the fore-and-aft direction. Beyond that it's a matter of standing straight up and not clutching the boarding ladder for dear life, which tends to push the dinghy away.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27