River SUP Next Step

River SUP paddler on the waves.


Paddle Canada SUP School graphic.Immerse yourself in River Paddleboarding! We will spend the first evening on flatwater refining your skills in preparation for a day of paddling incrementally more challenging whitewater. Learn the necessary paddling skills, and gain the knowledge to “read” moving water and use the features of the river environment to get you safely and efficiently to where you want to be!

River SUP Next Step differs from SUP the River by  being more thorough. It also includes a review of flatwater skills and allows more time for on-river practice and tuning.

Expected Outcome:

You will leave this course with the confidence to paddle Class 1 moving water in a variety of real-life conditions. You will receive a Paddle Canada River 1 SUP Skills certificate.

Instructor Student Ratio:

1:6 (max) to ensure you of the best instructional experience possible!


We provide river-appropriate boards, paddles and required safety gear. You are welcome to learn with your own gear if you have it. Everyone needs to provide their own immersion wear.

Combine this course with River SUP Play on the following day for a weekend packed full of river fun and education!

This clinic is designed for adults - all participants must be at least 16 year old. Children 12-15 are welcome to participate if a parent is also registered in the clinic.

Undercurrents has teamed-up with Paddle Canada Instructor-Trainer Neil Gilson of Bearfoot Performance Paddling to bring you this course.


Successful completion of SUP Next Step or SUP Combo, or equivalent skills & knowledge.



Dates, Times & Locations:

River SUP Next Step takes place on weekends in the Canmore area. On the Friday listed the lesson only occurs in the evening (starting at 6pm) during which we reinforce flatwater skills applicable to the river environment. The Saturday is a full day; it takes place on the Bow River near Canmore.

May Weekend exception: For the course on the "May long" the flatwater session is on the Saturday afternoon and the full river day on the Sunday.

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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.

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!

See our policies page for more details.