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Inland Waters Touring Course

SUP Day Touring - Inland Waters

"Our full day SUP touring course on inland waters is designed to get you into the day touring mindset...”.
This course will introduce you to risk and hazard evaluation, provide you with tips and tricks for outfitting and packing, and start you thinking about route planning and decision making. We put that knowledge into context on a 3-4 hour, on-water stand up paddle tour where we work on your skills as we go, and make active route decisions and adjustments along the way. You’ll leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to put together your own SUP day tours on larger lakes and sheltered coastlines. If you want to paddle like a touring pro – start here!

Is this the course for you?

Want to strengthen your SUP skills while gaining invaluable touring experience and knowledge? If you have completed one of our  Core SUP skills   programs, or have equivalent training and are pretty comfortable on your board, then our inland SUP touring course is for you!

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  • Prerequisites: Stand up paddlers with previous experience. In order to get the most from our touring courses you should be fairly comfortable with moving around on your board; turning and guiding your SUP board with a variety of paddle strokes and be working on developing an efficient and effective forward stroke. If you are not already familiar or competent with this set of skills, then check out one of Core SUP Skills programs!
  • Includes: 6 hours of dryland and on-water instruction from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructors
  • 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 SUP Touring 1 Skills Certification

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
  • 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. Upper Kananaskis Lake, or other location (weather dependent) - See Map.

    Course start time: 9am at the finalized course put-in location. 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. 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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