Paddle Canada Paddleboard (SUP) River Instructor


The River Instructor course will increase your paddling and teaching skills – candidates are constantly surprised by how much they learn! It is ideal for those that want to teach courses in river environments.

This course demands your full attention and commitment. You will review your board handling skills and knowledge about river safety, moving water dynamics, and surfing. The focus of the course is the art of teaching paddling, both on-shore and on-water.

Expected Outcome:

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to instruct the Paddle Canada River Paddleboard programs, paddle gracefully in class 2 conditions, plan and execute lessons on class 1 rivers with clear objectives and learning outcomes, and demonstrate good judgment in group management, safety, instructional environments and weather. You will receive your Paddle Canada SUP River Instructor certificate.


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

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


At least 16 years of age.

Paddle Canada SUP River-2 certification, or equivalent (must be able to ferry, eddy turn and paddle with comfort in class 2 river environments). It is the expectation that candidates have experience in excess of the Paddle Canada SUP River-2 course.

Paddle Canada Flatwater Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor certification.

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

Swift Water Rescue Training is recommended.



2014 Dates:

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Store Info

6531 Bowness Road NW
Calgary, AB T3B 0E8

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(403) 262-4327

Store Hours:
Tue - Sat: 10:00 - 5:00
Sun&Mon: closed
Holidays: closed

Summer hours start Apr. 21

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