Fundamentals

Core Skills - Full Day Course

Core SUP Skills

"Our SUP fundamentals courses are designed to provide you with the complete set of stand up paddle skills which lie at the core of all stand up paddling disciplines”.
From recreational cruising to surfing, whitewater, downwind, open water touring or racing. Core stand up paddle skills include foot-work and ability to move around on your board; draw, sweep and pivot turns; bracing, paddling in wind and waves and, most fundamentally, an efficient and effective forward stroke.

A full day means that you have the time to practice, and that we have time to give you great instruction and feedback. Lots of time, combined with our low 4-1 student to instructor ratio, makes this the ultimate course for anyone looking to seriously enhance their core SUP skills and knowledge. Don’t skip your fundamentals – if you want to get better at any type of stand up paddling start here!

Is this the course for you?

The Core SUP Skills full day course is intended for those stand up paddlers with some experience who have taken our SUP Primer or another introductory course, who have received informal instruction, are self taught or perhaps coming over to SUP from other paddling disciplines. You should be familiar with launching and landing your board, paddling from a stand up position, able to paddle in a straight line, and able to turn and redirect your board to where you want to go.

Core stand up paddle skills include foot-work and ability to move around on your board; draw, sweep and pivot turns; bracing, paddling in wind and waves and, most fundamentally, an efficient and effective forward stroke. If you are not familiar or competent with this set of skills, then this is where you should start!

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  • Prerequisites: The Core SUP Skills full day course is intended for those stand up paddlers with some previous experience. You should be familiar with launching and landing your board, paddling from a stand up position, able to paddle in a straight line, and able to turn and redirect your board to where you want to go.
  • Includes: 6 hours of dry land and on-water instruction from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructors
  • 4: 1 Student to Instructor ratio: giving you the best in personalized instruction and feedback
  • All technical paddling gear: – please see our Gear and Clothing tab.

Please note that the course does not include 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

  • 8:45: Arrive, unload, meet and greet
  • 9am – Noon: Gear check, safety briefing, warm up paddle; forward stroke fundamentals; efficient turning and redirection using sweeps and draw
  • Noon - 1pm - Lunch Break (approximate)
  • 1- 4:30pm: Paddling in wind and waves; advanced forward stroke techniques; running turns; moving around on the board; bracing techniques; pivot turns
  • 4:30pm: Wrap Up, change, load up
  • 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 day.

  • Location & Logistics

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

    Course start time: 9:00 am. 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.

    Please note that there are no washrooms, or change facilities at the site. The nearest washrooms are across the road at the Nordic center.

    We will take 45-60 minutes for lunch but we suggest that you bring lunch food and drink with you: Canmore can be very busy over lunch and we recommend that you relax and take a break rather than feel rushed trying to get lunch off-site.

    We suggest that you bring high energy snacks and drink with you. On cool days we especially recommend bringing a thermos with a hot drink.

  • Gear & Clothing

    We provide the technical paddling gear that you will need appropriate to the course as part of your course costs:

    • Brand name paddleboards by Badfish, Boardworks, Red Paddle
    • Adjustable paddle, leash, lifejacket, signal whistle, throwbag.
    • You are welcome to bring and learn on your own paddling gear if you have it. (Please note course fees remain the same.)

    You will need to bring your own personal gear and clothing for the session:

    • Cold water immersion clothing for early season and cool conditions: as a minimum we recommend a shorty style neoprene wetsuit or one-piece neoprene paddle top. See our Gear and Clothing Primer for more information!
    • For warmer season/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.

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