"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 want to get into River SUP instruction start with River 1. It’s a critical prerequisite to River 2. Many folks want to jump right into River 2 because they paddle at that level. But it is very important to get experience teaching and managing a group in relatively controlled conditions before you commit to taking students into more difficult situations with potentially serious consequences! Take River 1 - get some experience teaching and guiding at that level - then move on to River 2.
If you have completed the Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater Inst. programs, and have River SUP training and are at home on your board. If you have a passion for teaching, or just want to take a great and high level skills course, then this course is for you!This is a skill testing course. Candidates must meet the minimum course standard to be certified as instructors.
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.
Every Instructor course includes instruction, practice and evaluation in:
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.