"Skills. Experience. Guiding. That’s what it takes to get people out on the water, help them learn and improve their skills, ensure that they find success...”.
If you can’t make it to an instructor course then apprenticing may be an option for you. If you are committed to becoming the best instructor possible, want to get some real on-water teaching experience, and work under the tutelage of an Instructor Trainer then this is definitely the track for you!
If you have completed one of our Core SUP skills programs, or have equivalent training and are at home on your board.
Please note that the course does not include any personal clothing or gear, food, or travel – please see our Gear and Clothing tab.
Course Cancellation: It is rare that we cancel a session due to weather considerations however we will do so if, in our judgement, the conditions are dangerous or are likely to present a poor learning environment.
After application and acceptance:
Candidates must prepare in advance both written and oral presentations, deliver on-water teaching sessions, complete a written skills course outline and complete a written test.
Detailed course outlines and teaching assignments will be distributed prior to the beginning of the course to allow candidates appropriate preparation time.Attention: Although we do our best to work through all course content, please note that logistics, location, timing, itinerary or anything else, may be adjusted by your instructor to ensure group safety, comfort and success, over the duration of the course.
Course Locations and Logistics TBA depending on location - See Map.
Course start time: TBA. Please arrive about 15 minutes early, so that you are unloaded, changed, and ready to begin at the start time. Arriving late will cut into your instructional time, and that of others on the course.
We suggest that you bring high energy snacks and drink with you, and a lunch. On cool days we especially recommend bringing a thermos with a hot drink.
Note: Candidates also need to bring gear that you would carry as an instructor for a paddling session that takes you more than a few minutes away from your vehicles or other assistance. This should include as a minimum group first aid, emergency kit, repair kit, means of communication and waterproof storage.