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Learn to Paddleboard &

Explore BC this summer!

This paddleboard program is perfect for those looking to start their paddleboarding journey in a safe and supportive environment. you will get an introduction to the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding with an emphasis on safety, skills and fun.


We will cover a lot of helpful paddling skills so you can confidently go out on your own like;

  • Lifting and carrying a board

  • Choosing and holding a paddle

  • Mounting a board at a beach or dock

  • Prone paddling

  • Paddling while kneeling and standing up

  • Paddling in a straight line

  • Forward stroke

  • Braking stroke

  • Sweep strokes

  • Paddling in windy or turbulent conditions


We're all about fun but safety is number one!! We will also cover Safety Skills such as;

  • Safety equipment needed

  • Falling off safely

  • Remounting the board

  • Use of a leash

  • Understanding weather and paddling conditions

Sign Up


  • 3 hours of instruction with Paddle Canada Instructor

  • SUP board, leash, paddle, PFD 

  • Use of a small dry bag for clothes and phone if needed

  • Paddle Canada certification (if successfully attained)


  • Travel to and from the start/end locations (participants must arrange their own pickup and drop off as we are not providing shared driving arrangements at this time)

  • Travel Insurance (if applicable)

  • Personal clothing, water, snacks

Let us know If you would like to complete the Paddle Canada certification.


You will learn more about Board design and outfitting, Clothing, Paddles, Injury prevention, Equipment care, SUP resources, how to transport a SUP and SUP heritage at your own pace and upon successful completion of the homework, you will receive the Paddle Canada Basic SUP Skills award!


We start at:

  • We meet at Port Sidney Marina, 9835 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior so we can start on time. 

  • The location may change if weather conditions require it. You will be emailed or called 24 hours prior if this happens.

We end at: 

  • 12 pm taking out at our launch location.


The paddle location/route/distance may change if weather conditions require it. You will be emailed or called 24 hours prior if this happens. 

Is this Course Right for You?

This is a beginner-friendly course. For you to be as successful as possible, you would already be;

  •  comfortable in the water 

  • able to hold a paddle and assist in carrying a board

If you're not sure if this is the right course for you, get in touch! 

Looking for something different?

What to Bring

It's important to come prepared so you can make the most of your time on the water. 

To help you make getting ready for your course easier, we made you a printable list. 

5 Easy Steps to Start Stand Up Paddleboarding

New to Stand Up Paddleboarding? We have just the thing for you!

Our 5 Easy Steps to Start Stand Up Paddleboaring resource was created by one of Vancouver Islands' top SUP Instructors, Pam Martin. This comprehensive guide provides you with everything you need to know so you can hit the water safely this summer!

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