Rockies Vacation Touring

Rockies SUP Vacation Touring

SUP Bearfoot with us in the Rockies and make SUP Touring part of an amazing and memorable trip!
Make stand up paddle touring part of your next vacation or visit to the Canadian Rockies! Bearfoot SUP touring vacation programs are custom designed to match your time, interest and level of stand up paddle experience. Whether you are brand new to SUP or already have some experience, our vacation touring programs will improve your stand up paddling skills, get you into the SUP Touring mindset, and give you on-water paddling experience, all while touring some of the most spectacular Rocky Mountain lake locations possible!
“When we first conceived of this holiday, we hoped to learn a little and see a bit. Instead, with your skill and thoughtful, generous guidance, we have learned a lot and experienced Canada at its best.”
Anne and Maree, New Zealand

Is this the course for you?

Whether you have previous SUP experience or not - If you have 3-4 hours, or 1 to 4 days on your vacation, and you want to see the Rockies from an amazing perspective, our SUP Vacation Touring program is for you.
Learn and improve your SUP touring skills while gaining invaluable touring experience and knowledge, get some great pictures, and make your next Rockies visit the trip of a lifetime!

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  • Prerequisites: No previous SUP experience is necessary. We align our touring locations, and curriculum, in accordance with your level of experience. All you need to be is: reasonably physically fit, keen to learn, and eager to make stand up paddle touring a memorable part of your visit!
  • Includes: 3-4 hours of dryland and on-water instruction per session from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructors per session
  • 5 : 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.
  • Paddle Canada Basic SUP or SUP Touring 1 Skills Certifications

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

Course Agenda and Curriculum…please note that course content depends on the number of sessions booked, and experience of the group coming. We tailor our specific curriculum to focus in on the skills that you need the most, and then progress as time and conditions permit.

  • SUP Touring safety - board design, equipment and outfitting, group management, communication, self-rescue and towing
  • SUP Touring skills - stroke efficiency and pacing, foot positions, trim and balance, paddling in wind and waves, paddling with gear on-board
  • SUP Touring planning and decision making, risk management, route planning, map and chart navigation, coastal paddling
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

    TBA. Please note that specific course locations are group and weather dependent. Instructors make decisions on our touring locations based on group experience, weather and water conditions and safety as our first priority - See Map.

    Course start time: 9am at the finalized course put-in location. Please arrive about 30 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

    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 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!
    • We recommend going with full on cold water immersion gear so that you “go for it” without the fear of falling in or getting cold! So a drysuit, a 3mm farmer john wetsuit of surf wetsuit would be the best choice!
    • 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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