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

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


Date: May 28 – 30, 2021
Ages: 16+
From:$499.00 + tax + $100 Paddle Canada Membership Fee

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.

This Advanced SUP Instructor Course is being taught by Reta Boychuk!

Advanced SUP Instructor Course, May 28-30, 2021


  • 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
Please note that a minimum of 4 participants is required to run this course, if this number is not met we will contact you.

Date: 2021 dates coming soon
Ages: 16+
From: $350/person, plus tax

Paddle Canada River 1 Skills Certification

Learn to River SUP with CAN RVR SUP Team!

Join Badfish Team Rider co cofounder of CAN RVR SUP Reta Boychuk and CAN RVR SUP Team Rider Brandy Beverly as they introduce you to the world of river paddling and the opportunity to paddle Badfish SUP River Specific Boards.  The team will progress you from a flatwater river specific skills clinic on the evening of Day 1 to river specific safety and skills training on the Columbia River the following two days.

Our Friday evening flatwater session will review all the flatwater strokes and foot positioning needed to control and turn your board on the river and we will also be practicing self rescues to build comfort. Saturday we’re on to moving water to apply our flatwater skills and to build our river experience. We start with river safety and hazards evaluation and then progress to learning to carve the boards across eddy lines, ferry them across current and even surf small waves if we can find them! Sunday we will be back on the river for more river fun as we continue to apply our skills and build confidence. You will leave the weekend with your Paddle Canada River 1 Skills Cert, a new set of foundational skills and connections that will set you up for future river running success.

This clinic will also give you the opportunity to try out the new Badfish industry leading RiverShred SUP inflatable. This is going to be a super fun weekend of learning and time spent living the river life!


  • Badfish SUP River Shreds and Paddle rental
  • Optional helmet, PFD and wetsuit rental available: please email us


  • Advanced flatwater skills or equivalent and a minimum of 10 days paddling experience

A minimum of 5 participants required for the clinic to run – we will contact you if the minimum number is not reached to reschedule or cancel the clinic.

Swift Water Rescue

Dates: June 11-13 2021
Ages: 16+
From: $500 for First Time Certification. $400 for re-certification (3 years). $175 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: TBA or special requests
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.


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