Personal Coaching

  • Course Price

    Private Coaching from $125/session

    Open Coaching Evenings only $25!

    - the best deal you will ever get for small group coaching and feedback! 


  • Duration

    Minimum 2 hour booking for private coaching

    Open Coaching Sessions Approximately 2 hours

  • Open Coaching Dates (6-8pm)

    May 23, 2018

    June 6, 2018

    June 20, 2018 

    July Dates TBA

    August Dates TBA 

  • Location

Personal SUP Coaching

"There’s no question… the most effective and efficient way to improve your paddling skills is under the guidance of a personal coach! ”
With over 30 years of paddle instruction and guiding experience, you will be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable coach than our own Paddle Canada instructor trainer, Neil Gilson. If you really want to hone your skills and learn from one of the best, then get lined up for your own personal coaching sessions today!
Our Personal Coaching sessions are focused on stand up paddle skills development for individuals or couples. Personal on-water skills assessment, skills instruction and feedback are the core of our personal coaching practice. In every private session we use video feedback so that you can visualize your technique,where to make adjustments, and track your progress over time. And we develop a practice and training program that will help you improve and reach your goals in the most efficient manner possible. 

We also host our popular Open Coaching sessions on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer! With a less formal atmosphere you can come on out and get some personal feedback, ask questions, work on technique and even get some video analysis - Group limit here is 4 to ensure that you get some great one-on-one feedback!

Is this the course for you?

Do you have some specific paddling goals that you want to work towards, such as a race or a tour? Or do you just want to hone your skills for your favourite type of stand up paddling? Our personal coaching sessions for flat-water, or river paddling give you the best in one-on-one instruction and feedback, and the most effective path to reach your SUP objectives!

More Detail...

  • Prerequisites: Our Personal SUP Coaching is intended for those stand up paddlers with previous experience who have taken one of our Core SUP Skills programs or equivalent training and have logged enough paddle time that you are feeling pretty comfortable on the water.
  • Our initial private sessions are usually 2 hrs of dryland and on-water skills assessment and SUP instruction from our certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructor trainers
  • Max of a 2: 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

  • Arrive, unload, meet and greet
  • Personal SUP Goals
  • Personal assessment - SUP stroke technique analysis
  • Personal feedback, instruction, and practice
  • Video feedback and analysis
  • Set practice drills and exercises; follow up sessions
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

    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: 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.

    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.

  • 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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