Paddle Canada Flatwater Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor

Take a SUP course with Undercurrents!


Learn to teach others the wonders of SUP! The Paddle Canada Flatwater Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor courses are the Canadian certification standard. Learning styles, teaching techniques, and practice teaching sessions are emphasized. We introduce the basics of group management, decision-making, risk assessment, organizing and presenting effective on-water lessons, detecting and correcting common challenges with strokes and rescues, and providing meaningful feedback to students.

Expected Outcome:

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to instruct within the Paddle Canada Flatwater Paddleboard programs, self-rescue and tow with confidence, paddle gracefully in windy and wavy conditions, plan and execute lessons with clear objectives and learning outcomes, and demonstrate good judgment in group management, safety and weather. You will receive a Paddle Canada Flatwater SUP Instructor certificate.


Who should consider becoming a Certified SUP Instructor? Retail shop staff, rental company staff, hotel and resort staff offering SUP, municipal Parks and Recreation staff, fitness professionals interested in incorporating stand up paddling as a new modality for fitness and yoga instructors.

Instructor-Candidates usually own their own gear. However, board and related gear is available for rent for 25% off during this course.

Paddle Canada offers two different Flatwater Instructor certifications - the "Basic" and the "Advanced." Because we have the industry's leading instructor-trainers, we can run both simultaneously. You should register for the certification which you are most qualified for. Call or visit the store and we will help you determine which certification is best for you!

Candidates need to register with Paddle Canada before the first day of the program – they will charge you either $10 or $80, depending on your current Paddle Canada membership level.


At least 16 years of age. (18 for the Advanced instructor certification)

Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater skill certificate or equivalent (must be able to pivot turn and paddle with comfort in a variety of flatwater conditions, including winds and waves). Our "Paddleboard (SUP) 2 - Advanced!" or "Paddleboard (SUP) Flatwater Combo" courses both award the prerequisite Paddle Canada skills certificate. It is the expectation that candidates have experience in excess of the SUP 2 or Flatwater Combo course.

Current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR. (14-16 hours).



2014 Dates:

TO REGISTER: Call Undercurrents @ 403-262-4327!

June 6 (eve.), June 7 & 8

July 14 (eve.), July 15 & 16

Sept 19 (eve.), Sept 20 & 21

Registration & Refunds

Full payment is due at registration to secure your spot in the course.

On the rare occasion when Undercurrents cancels a lesson, we will issue a full refund or make every reasonable effort to register you in an equivalent program; it is your choice.

If you cancel for any reason more than 7 days prior to the course commencement, you will receive a full refund less our $10 administrative fee.

There is no refund if you cancel for any reason within 7 days of the course.

Courses go rain or shine. Here in Alberta we can have rain, snow, blistering heat or high winds - sometimes on the same day. Don't believe weather forecasts; dress for varying weather conditions. If you need help, our store staff can give you great advice!

See our policies page for more details.

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