Instructor Training

Instructor Maintenance Clinic

Instructor Maintenance Clinic: Flatwater and/or River

"Skills are forgotten over time, new teaching techniques are developped, and sometimes re-certification is required”.
Once or twice a season we run 1 day Flatwater or River Instructor Maintenance Clinics as a way for instructors to maintain their skills, renew their certifications and continue their professional development. We cover off program changes, share new or enhanced teaching techniques, and review and work on paddling and instructional skills.
There are other ways to renew your certifications but a clinic is a great hands on way to do that while actually improving your skills and meeting other instructors!

Is this the course for you?

If your certification is expiring and you have not been teaching much, or if you just want the best way to stay up to date, keep learning and get great feedback on your paddling and instructional skills then these clinics are the way to go!

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  • Prerequisites:You must hold a current Flatwater or River Paddleboarding Instructor certification.
  • Includes: 6 hours of dryland and on-water SUP instruction from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructor trainers
  • 6 : 1 Student to Instructor ratio: giving you the best in personalized instruction and feedback
  • Renewed Paddle Canada Instructor Certification for a 4 year period

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.

Course Agenda and Curriculum

  • Paddle Canada program changes and administration updates
  • Skills update, instructional techniques update
  • Skills review and practice
  • Personal skills feedback and evaluation
  • Teaching practice, feedback and evaluation
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.

  • Location & Logistics

    For Flatwater - we will meet at the Rundle Forebay in Canmore at the gravel pullout directly across from the entrance to the Nordic Center. - See Map.

    For River - we will meet at the Kananaskis Visitor Centre (before Barrier Lake) off Highway 40 in Kananaskis country - 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.

  • Gear & Clothing

    You will need to bring your own board and paddling gear, and all personal gear and clothing for the course:

    • Paddle, leash, lifejacket, signal whistle, throwbag
    • Cold water immersion clothing is a must: as a minimum we recommend a shorty style neoprene wetsuit or one-piece neoprene paddle top combined with neoprene shorts or leggings. And thats for warm weather conditions. See our Gear and Clothing Primer for more information!
    • For warmer conditions: quick-dry or warm-when-wet outdoor athletic gear. Think paddle tops, rashguards, breathable hiking layers, merino wool, boardshorts ,athletic swimwear.
    • Insulating layers, weatherproof shell layers
    • Towel and warm, dry change of clothes (just in case!)
    • Secure protective footwear such as water shoes, paddle shoes, neoprene paddle/surf booties or sport sandals.
    • Headwear: sun hat, toque (warm hat), sunglasses with straps
    • Any personal first aid, medications, sunscreen etc
    • Waterproof and floatable camera
    • High energy snacks, drinking water.
    • Secure protective footwear such as water shoes, paddle shoes, neoprene paddle/surf booties or sport sandals.

    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.

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