Surf SUP Instructor course

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Become A Certified SUP Surf Instructor

Become a Paddle Canada SUP surf instructor, a nationally recognized certification. Teach your own Paddle Canada SUP surf courses or instruct with a paddle school. This is an advanced level certification with a focus on teaching safety techniques in the surf, navigating through the surf environment including the impact zone, teaching proper SUP surf techniques and surf forecasting.

Expand Your Instructor Skills In A Variety Of West Coast Paddling Environments.

With a special focus on the challenges of instructing in a surf environment, participants in the course will gain expertise instructing in a dynamic surf environment while maintaining an emphasis on safety. This one of a kind Paddle Canada course is lead by Instructor Trainer Emre Bosut. The course includes components developed through Emre’s experience as an instructor and guide trainer.

Learn Effective Instructional Techniques, Group Management, And Safety Skills Needed To Teach In A Dynamic Surf Environment.

Successful participants in the course will receive a Paddle Canada SUP Surfing level 1 Instructor certification along with instructional aids to run courses.

Successful participants in the course will receive a Paddle Canada SUP Surf 1 Instructor certification along with instructional aids to help run their own courses. Want to learn more about the Paddle Canada Program? Check out the Paddle Canada SUP Program Manual for full details on Paddle Canada’s SUP program standards.



Length of course

  • 2 day course – 830am to 330pm each day.


Paddle Canada SUP surf 2 skills certification or equivalent skills. (Candidates are expected to exceed Surf 2 skills)
Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater Instuctor Certification or equivalent skills.
Current certification in Standard First Aid w/CPR-C (14-16hours) or greater certification (ie. Marine First Aid w/CPR-C, Wilderness First Aid (20hr), etc.)
Paddle Canada recommends candidates have proper surf rescue and lifeguard skills and training.

Instructor candidates must register for a Paddle Canada Membership before the course begins to receive Paddle Canada Instructor certification.


Paddleboard, Wetsuit and all gear.

Expert instruction with a focus on teaching SUP surfing in a demanding West Coast environment.
Wind and Swell forecasting skills.
Lesson Planning Tools.


Paddle Canada Membership $99 (must be registered before the course begins). Or $10 upgrade fee for current Paddle Canada instructors.

Not Included

Accommodation, transportation, food.