Instructor Training

Flatwater Paddleboarding Instructor

  • Course Price

    From $350

  • Duration

    3 Days 20 Hours

  • Course Dates

    2019 Dates TBA

  • Location

Basic and Advanced Flatwater 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 Basic SUP instructor course serves as the entry point into the Paddle Canada instructor program and as such the basics of instruction receive considerable emphasis in these courses. Successful instructor candidates are certified to conduct basic SUP skills courses and teach introductory SUP on protected waters and relatively calm conditions.
The Advanced SUP instructor course is the next level up in the Paddle Canada program and involves considerably greater skill performance, knowledge and confidence with instruction and personal feedback to clients. Successful instructor candidates are certified to instruct on lake or ocean conditions with light winds and chop and to assist on introductory river, surf and touring courses (with prerequisite skills).

Is this the course for you?

If you want to get into SUP instruction this is where you start! We often run the Basic and Advanced courses concurrently and successful candidates may be certified at either level. The Advanced Flatwater certifications is a prerequisite for any other type of SUP instruction - river, touring or surf.

If you have completed one of our  Core SUP skills   programs, or have equivalent 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.

More Detail...

  • Prerequisites:You must be at least 16 years of age to take the Basic certification and 18 to take the Advanced course.
    • Must hold a current Paddle Canada membership
    • Have Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP skills certification, or equivalent knowledge and experience
    • Hold current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR.
  • 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 Basic and/or Advanced 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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