Instructor Training

River Paddleboarding Instructor


  • Course Price

    From $400

  • Duration

    River One - 2 Days

    River Two - 3 Days

  • Course Dates

    River One - June 3-4 2017
    River Two - 2017 Dates TBA
  • Location

River 1 & River 2 Paddleboarding Instructor

"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...”.
The River 1 SUP instructor course is aimed at teaching basic river skills and safety knowledge pertinent to paddling on Class 1 rivers. Successful instructor candidates possess skills and experience beyond the level they are teaching at (Class 1) and are certified to teach introductory river SUP on fast moving water with riffles, small waves and few or no obstructions.
The River 2 SUP instructor course is aimed at teaching advanced river skills and safety knowledge pertinent to paddling on Class 2 rivers. Successful instructor candidates possess skills and experience beyond the level they are teaching at (Class 2) and are certified to teach SUP in novice whitewater conditions with straightforward rapids, medium sized waves and maneuvering around obstructions.

Is this the course for you?

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.

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  • Prerequisites:You must be at least 18 years of age to take either River 1 or River 2 Inst. Certification courses:
    • Must hold a current Paddle Canada membership
    • Have Paddle Canada River 2 SUP skills certification, or equivalent knowledge and experience
    • Have Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP Instructor certification, or equivalent 
    • Hold current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR.
  • Swiftwater rescue training recommended.
  • Includes: Instruction and evaluation from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructor trainers
  • 6 : 1 Student to Instructor ratio: giving you the best in personalized instruction and feedback
  • Paddle Canada River 1 or 2 Instructor Certification (for successful candidates)

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

Every Instructor course includes instruction, practice and evaluation in:

  • Paddling skills
  • Safety and Group Management
  • Teaching and Evaluation
  • Program development and Management

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.

  • Location & Logistics

    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.

  • 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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