Paddle Canada Skills Courses
UPCOMING COURSES IN 2017
May 26 - 10AM-1PM: Basic SUP Skills Course
May 26 - 2PM-5:30PM: Advanced SUP Flatwater Skills Course
June 10 - 10AM-1PM: Basic SUP Skills Course
June 10 - 2PM-5:30PM: Advanced SUP Flatwater Skills Course
July & August - Forward Stroke Improvement Clinics and Draw/Bracing Clinics
We are certified to instruct Paddle Canada Basic Stand Up Paddling and Advanced Stand Up Paddling Flatwater. These courses are a comprehensive way to build the skills necessary to be strong, efficient and confident on flatwater and begin progressing towards travel in ocean and river environments. Although Paddle Canada certification isn't crucial to get started in stand up paddling, it's a fantastic introduction to the finer points of traveling efficiently and with confidence on flat water lakes.
All course will take place rain or shine; instructors may cancel a class or postpone the start time due to high winds or lightning in the area. These courses take place on specific dates at scheduled times. Course location will be weather dependent. Most BASIC SUP courses will begin on Lake Edith. Other lakes potentially used during a course include: Lake Annette, Patricia or Pyramid Lakes.
$100 per person/ per three-hour course with all equipment included.
Rental package for the course will include board, paddle, leash, PFD + whistle. No wet suit or booties available at this time.
$80 per person without gear/ paddler provides all their own equipment.
Overview of Skills Courses
Basic SUP: (2-3 hours)
Introduces the novice to paddling in enclosed sheltered waters and calm conditions. Skills covered include a kneeling, standing on a board, forward & turning strokes, and safety awareness.
1 instructor: 6 participants
Activities focus on individual safety and comfortable paddling along a calm shoreline. While there is a great deal to learn at this level, the activities should concentrate on personal progress and an awareness of the need for future learning. Paddlers should leave the course encouraged to continue their learning and be aware of their individual limitations.
- Falling off safely
- Remounting the board
- Use of a leash
- Understanding weather and paddling conditions
- Lifting and carrying a board
- Choosing and holding a paddle
- Mounting a board at a beach or dock
- Prone paddling
- Paddling while kneeling
- Standing up
- Paddling in a straight line
- Forward stroke
- Braking stroke
- Sweep strokes
- Paddling in windy or turbulent conditions; kneeling, sitting or prone.
- Board design
- Board outfitting
- Safety equipment
- Paddle design & materials
- Injury prevention
- Equipment care
- SUP resources
- Transporting a SUP
- SUP heritage
Advanced Flatwater: Day trip paddling skills on inland waterways with wind and waves (3 hours)
Provides the theory and skills for paddling inland waters with wind and waves. Includes: pivot turns, wave surfing, foot positions, edging and bracing. This course allows instructors to give individual advice on forward stroke improvement.
Participation is by preregistration only.
Prerequisite to taking this course is a pass of Paddle Canada's Basic Stand Up Flatwater
- Launching into waves
- Paddling in wind chop
- Foot positions
- Pivot turns
- Efficient forward strokes
- Draw strokes
- Cross draw
- Downwind paddling
- Advanced board design