Open Waters

Wind and Waves

Wind and Waves Workshop

"Sooner or later you will have to deal with wind and waves...Probably sooner.”
With the right knowledge, skills and a bit of confidence, the challenge of riding the bumps and breezes can be rewarding, exhilarating and a lot of fun. You will get experience with foot stance, board trim, techniques and strategies for upwind and crosswind conditions, launching and landing in small shore break, and get an introduction to the fun and excitement of downwind paddling!

Is this the course for you?

If you want to enhance your knowledge and skills for paddling in rougher water conditions, explore larger water bodies, or exposed coastlines, or get into downwind paddling then this is the course to get you started!

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  • Prerequisites: The Wind and Waves Workshop 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 feel pretty comfortable on the water.
  • Includes: 3 hours of dryland and on-water SUP instruction from certified and experienced Paddle Canada instructors
  • 4: 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
  • Moving around, foot positions, stability stances, and board trim
  • Paddling up wind - route selection strategies
  • Paddling cross wind and broadside conditions
  • Paddling downwind
  • Lots and lots of practice, feedback and fun!
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 Barrier Lake Boat Launch Kananaskis Country off of Highway 40 (tentative and wind dependent). See Map.

    Course start time: TBA. Please arrive about 25 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 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.

Course Location (tentative)

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