Instructor PD Clinics

Take a SUP course with Undercurrents!


Your Paddle Canada instructor certification is valid for a maximum of 4 years! A sanctioned professional development (PD) clinic is the fastest and easiest way to maintain your certification! These PD clinics are your opportunity to learn the newest teaching and paddling techniques, review the performance standards for your students, and spend the day sharing with your instructor-colleagues.

We offer Paddle Canada sanctioned PD clinics to existing instructors at the following levels: Basic Kayak, Sea Kayak Level 1, Flatwater SUP (Basic & Advanced Flatwater), SUP River 1, and Moving Water Canoe.

Maintaining your instructor certification allows you to offer Paddle Canada–sanctioned skills courses and to use the Paddle Canada name and logo, per the Paddle Canada Logo & Trademark Policy. You are not allowed to call yourself a Paddle Canada instructor unless you maintain your certification!

Expected Outcome:

At the end of this interesting day-long clinic you will be more energized about instructing and have learned something new. Your professional development requirement will be completed for the next 4 years.

Instructor Student Ratio:

1:9 (MAX) to ensure you of the best instructional experience possible!


Paddle Canada requires instructors maintain their annual membership and complete professional development every 4 years - this PD clinic fulfills that requirement! Details are available on this Paddle Canada webpage.

Paddlers at this level usually own their own gear. If needed, canoes, kayaks, SUP boards and related gear are available for rent during this course. Group rescue gear is provided.

All participants are required to complete and sign our standard waiver.

All of our instructor trainers are Paddle Canada certified and among the top in their discipline! Their certifications are current, and they undergo regular professional development. ? Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!


At least 18 years of age.

Current Paddle Canada membership.

Current Paddle Canada certification at the appropriate instructor level.

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



Dates, Times & Locations:

CM clinics are offered for the following certified instructors:

  • Basic Kayak instructors on May 25th at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • Sea Kayak Level 1 instructors on {Date TBA} at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • Basic or Advanced Flatwater SUP instructors on June 1st at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • Basic or Advanced Flatwater SUP instructors on July 6th at Ghost Lake (Google map) starting at 9:00 am
  • SUP River 1 instructors on May 19th at on the Kananaskis River (Google map), meet at the Info Centre at 9:00 am
  • Moving Water Canoe instructors on {Date TBA} on the Kananaskis River (Google map), meet at the Info Centre at 9:00 am

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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. We need 3 participants to run a course.

If you cancel for any reason more than 7 days (14 days for multi-day courses) 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 (14 days for multi-day courses) 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!

A “risk of thunderstorms” forecast does not mean we will cancel a course. During the warm season “risks” are issued too frequently; we only experience thunderstorms at our course locations 10-20% of the time that a “risk” is issued. We will meet at the course location and make an appropriate decision using the outdoor industry’s standard lightning protocol.

See our policies page for more details.