One of the great things about stand up paddling is that pretty much anyone, within a few minutes, can be standing up on a board and “make it go”.
The SUP Primer is intended for those folks who want to try stand up paddling for the first time, for those who have been self taught, or for those who have perhaps been introduced to SUP by friends or family, but have not had any formal paddling instruction.
Many first timers are nervous anticipating that maintaining balance will be difficult, or are afraid of falling in. But the truth is most people don’t fall in and few have issues with balance after the first few minutes. If you can ride a bike or ski, you can paddle a board!
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.
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: 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 suggest that you bring high energy snacks and drink with you. On cool days we especially recommend bringing a thermos with a hot drink.