Basic SUP Skills Course 

Get On Board 

Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard this summer!

This course 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

  • 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!! In this course, we cover Safety Skills such as;

  • Safety equipment needed

  • Falling off safely

  • Remounting the board

  • Use of a leash

  • Understanding weather and paddling conditions


Plus we cover topics like Board design and outfitting, Clothing, Paddles, Injury prevention, Equipment care, SUP resources, how to transport a SUP and SUP heritage. 


Successful participants will receive the Paddle Canada Basic SUP Skills award.


  • 3 hours of advanced instruction with Paddle Canada Instructor

  • Paddle Canada certification (if successfully attained)

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


  • 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, gear & safety equipment (choose our rental option and we'll have a board, paddle, coiled leash, and throw bag with tow line ready for you!)

  • Donation to our Girls on Boards program 

  • 5% GST

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! 

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  • The course begins at 10 am and finishes at 1pm. 

  • We meet at: Pacifica Paddle Sports, 789 Saunders Ln, Brentwood Bay, BC

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before, earlier if you need to collect your rental gear from Pacifica Paddle Sports

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

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.