River SUP Play

SUP Surfer paddling on the river


Paddle Canada SUP School graphic.To have more fun on the river, and to progress from easy to intermediate whitewater paddling, we have to learn to "play" the river. Our full day River Play course focuses on honing your fundamental skills while introducing you to advanced skills including wave running, eddy hopping, S-turns, jet ferries, and surfing standing waves!

Expected Outcome:

Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to paddle your SUP on Class 1-2 rivers! You will receive the Paddle Canada SUP River 2 skills certificate.

Instructor:Student Ratio:

1:4 (MAX) Our ratio is the lowest in Alberta to ensure you have the best instructional experience possible! ?Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!


Paddleboard and related gear is provided.

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

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

All our instructors are Paddle Canada certified! Their certifications are current, and they undergo regular professional development. Most paddling schools in Alberta don’t meet that standard. ?Part of the famous Undercurrents experience!

After you complete this course get out and paddle! Practicing is the proven way to hardwire your new skills, so that you can enjoy a lifetime of safe paddling. Then, become a SUP River instructor!

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


Successful completion of River SUP Next Step course, or equivalent. A River SUP Next Step course occurs on the day and a half immediately before this course - you can  combine the two course for a weekend packed full of river fun and education!



Dates, Times & Locations:

River SUP Play takes place on the Kananaskis River (Google map).

Check the Book Now calendar below for detailed dates.

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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.