Location: Rotary Sunshine Park, NL. Photo credit: Hazen Scarth
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Annual Skills School - 2024
Late May – early June is the one time of year that Paddle Newfoundland and Labrador offers Paddle Canada sanctioned Courses to the general public and to Paddle NL club members. All courses are taught by Paddle Canada certified instructors. The age requirement is 14 years or older for the Basic Kayak Skills. Applicants under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will receive a Paddle Canada Certification after a successful completion of the course, recognized anywhere in Canada.
The Paddle Canada Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) program includes nationally-recognized certifications in eight skill levels, with corresponding Instructor and Instructor Trainer certifications. The program teaches paddlers how to safely and efficiently use stand up paddleboards in a wide variety of waters. Paddle Canada’s goal is to provide the most relevant paddleboard instructional programming in the world.
Basic SUP Skills
This course introduces the novice to paddling a paddleboard in calm sheltered water. Enclosed and sheltered with easy landing options immediately available. Basic Assessment 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 aware of their individual limitations.
Typical Course Length
Typical course length 2-3 hours
- 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
- Board design
- Board outfitting
- Safety equipment
- Injury prevention
- Equipment care
- SUP resources
- Transporting a SUP
- SUP heritage
Course Price - $ 100. (Total)
Course Location: Rotary Sunshine Park
To complete this course you will have to attend the full course:
- Course – Rotary Sunshine Park, June 1st at 8:30 am. – 4:30 pm
Items included at no charge for the duration of the course: A sup board, paddle and a life jacket for the duration of the course. You will be required to wear a wetsuit (farmer john’s neoprene) or drysuit for the course. If you have one or can borrow one from a friend that would be great.
If not The Outfitter’s will be supplying use with a limited number of sizes that might not fit you prefect, but will be okay and it will be at no charge to you.
If you have any questions about the Stand up paddle Board course not covered on this page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.