"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. - And this one is just for the ladies!”
“Wahine” is the Hawaiian and Māori word for woman and is often used to refer to a female surfer. Our women’s-only Wahines Weekend Series takes place over 4 consecutive summer weekend mornings. We cover the full range of core stand up paddle skills but also combine the instructional sessions with short tours where we put those new skills into action. Each week is at a different beautiful mountain lake adding to the adventure and camaraderie and giving you experience with different paddling locations.
The Wahines Weekend Series is a women’s-only course intended for those stand up paddlers with some previous experience who have taken our SUP Primer or another introductory course and want to enhance their skills a bit at a time over several weeks.
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.
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 Locations: TBA. We will meet at a different location each week depending on weather and water conditions. Potential locations include Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes, Barrier Lake, Goat Pond, or Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, or Bow Lake in Banff National Park. See Map.
Course start time: We will begin the course at 9am at the course put-in locations each week and finish between Noon and 1 pm. Please arrive at least 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 limited washrooms, or change facilities at most sites.
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.