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Outdoor Education in Vancouver BC, with Drew Climie

Basic SUP Instructor

Paddle Canada

Basic SUP Instructor

The Basic Flatwater Stand Up Paddle board Instructor course is designed to provide a nationally recognized certification in the instruction and administration of the Paddle Canada Stand Up Paddleboard Program.

Learn to teach others the wonders of SUP! Learning styles, teaching techniques, and practice teaching sessions are emphasized. I'll introduce the basics of group management, decision-making, risk assessment, organizing and presenting effective on-land and 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.

Course Fees:

There is a fee for the course (this varies based on hosting facility) and a second fee for your Paddle Canada membership paid directly to Paddle Canada.

Your investment, 

  • Course Fee,
  • Plus, $99.99 for Paddle Canada annual Membership
  • Plus GST

Course Dates:

Register with links below.

Course Agenda

  • Friday - meet and great with skills evaluation
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8 hours - A mix of land and water based lessons and practice teaching, plan to get wet both days


Equipment is not included, bring your own or contact me for weekend rental information.

What you will need:

  • SUP board, paddle, leash, properly fitting PFD with a whistle 


  • Theory will be online and in person
  • on water sessions vary based on the location you book with. Burnaby classes are conducted at Barnet Marine Park, Windsure classes are conducted at the Jericho Sailing Centre. 


    • At least 16 years of age.
    • Current Paddle Canada membership.
    • Paddle Canada Advanced Skills course or equivalent
    • Current certification in Standard or Wilderness First Aid with CPR (minimum 14-16 hours) ** Not required to take the course but required by Paddle Canada before you start teaching with your new certification **

It's recommended you've had an opportunity to practice skills learned in the Advanced Course before going for your Basic Instructor. The Friday 2 hour refresher/assessment class is a great way to review technique but practicing before class is advised. 

To be a great instructor it's best to be proficient one skill one level above the one you are teaching.

Book a Private Lesson Direct With Me

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Book Through the City of Burnaby

Course Fee: $405.20 + $99.99 PC membership
- July 12-14, 2024

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