SUP and Kayak instructor lessons, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician in Invermere, BC

SUP and Kayak instructor lessons, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician in Invermere, BC

Paddle Board Instructors

Date: June 12-14th, 2020 in Invermere, BC
Ages: 16+
From: $399 pp + tax + $100 Membership Fee payable to Paddle Canada

Paddle Canada – SUP Instructor Courses

Are you interested in becoming a SUP instructor? Teach your friends, family or make it a business. These instructor courses not only brush up your existing paddle board skills but they offer you the ability to pass on your knowledge in a fun and engaging way.

Program Options:

  • Basic SUP Instructor
  • Advanced SUP Instructor


  • Have taken an advanced skills course or equivalent.

What to Bring

  • SUP board and equipment
  • Appropriate layers for warmth on the water
  • Food, snacks and hydration
Swift Water Rescue

May 3rd – 5th at Adventure Paddle School
June 17th – 19th  at White Swan Outfitters

Ages: 16+
From: $500 for First Time Certification. $400 for re-certification (3 years). $125 for equipment rental (optional).

Rescue Canada – Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Are you new to the whitewater scene and want to feel more knowledgeable and more safe in the river and competent to be able to help a friend, or yourself, if needed?

Take a Swiftwater Rescue Technician course with us—your mom will be glad you did! We offer Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1, 2 or 3.


  • Self Rescue
  • Rescuing others
  • Rescuing equipment
  • Understanding moving water
  • And much much more

What to bring

  • Drysuit
  • Fleece type under layers
  • Kayak and equipment (optional)
  • Throw Bag
  • PFD
  • Helmet, Gloves, Boots, and other Gear
Paddle Canada Instructors

Date: June 22 – 23 2019
Ages: 16+

Cost for <4 people: $270 pp 

*4 people minimum to run this course. If less, we will call you a week prior to the course date to reschedule or cancel.

Paddle Canada PDC (Personal Development Clinic) – 2 Day

Are you Paddle Canada certified? If so, you must take a PDC every 3 years in order to maintain your certification. 

This program is designed to update your instructor certification. However, we have also added a day to offer you new skills for river specific paddle boarding! Saturday will be full of personal development in Basic and Advanced Instructor Skills with the latest updates on Paddle Canada course protocol.

On Sunday RetaSUPs will take you onto the Columbia River to try a new discipline on your paddle board! You have learned to paddle with wind, waves and how to instruct others- but now lets add a new skill to your repetoir and venture onto a river without boards! It is exciting, challenging and of course, FUN! You may decide you need to start thinking about becoming a River SUP instructor!

What to bring

  • Board, paddle and immersion gear
  • River shoes, quick release belt (or similar)
  • Throw Bag (and instructor appropriate rescue equipment)
  • PFD
  • Helmet for river day
  • All equipment you would use as an instructor

*Option to rent is available.


2019 Dates: Based on Interest
Ages: 16+
From: TBD

Canoe Kayak Canada – Kayak Instructor Courses

Become a whitewater kayak instructor or leader through CKC 

Canoe Kayak Canada is the National certification body for whitewater kayaking in Canada. In these courses you will become a very strong paddler. The course gives you a thorough understand of the technical side of kayaking, as well as tools and techniques to be able to teach others to kayak safely. After this course you will know what it takes to get a group of people safely down a river.

We offer level 1-3. Take a look at the CKC level breakdown.

Program Options:

  • Pool Instructor
  • Lake Instructor
  • Leader 2 Instructor 2
  • Leader 3 Instructor 3

You MUST…​

  • Be a strong kayaker in the river classification you are challenging
  • Have led friends down rivers before
  • Experience teaching anything

What to Bring

  • Kayak and equipment
  • Drysuit
  • Throw Bag
  • PFD
  • Helmet, Gloves, Boots, and other Gear
  • All equipment you would use as an instructor