PSUPA Instructor Certification


I offer Flat Water 1 SUP Instructor Certification through the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA). This internationally recognized program is beneficial for both independent SUP instructors as well as recreational business owners who offer SUP instruction and rentals.

This course can also be helpful for non SUP instructors seeking an in-depth two day intermediate level course.

Who Can Benefit from Instructor Training and Certification?

  • Retail shop staff
  • Rental company staff
  • Hotel and resort staff offering SUP
  • Municipal Parks and Recreation staff
  • Fitness professionals
  • Those wanting to start a paddling business
  • Anyone who aspires to improve the skills necessary to SUP with confidence in various flat water environments

PSUPA Flat Water Level 1 SUP Instructor Certification

This course covers the skills needed to teach both a 1 to 3 hour basic SUP class confidently and safely.

The curriculum includes how to start a SUP business and is also adaptable to client’s specialized needs. Certification is awarded upon completing the course, passing all tests, and achieving a satisfactory evaluation.

What You’ll Learn

  • SUP business (optional) – How to start a business, choosing the right SUP business model, marketing, customer service, community building
  • Risk management, group management, making smart decisions, legal issues, waivers, communication, marine weather, basic navigation
  • How to teach a 1.5 to 3hr basic class or tour
  • Teaching concepts, learning personalities and how to work with each, student phobias, modeling,
  • Learn about paddling equipment, equipment manufacturing, board and paddle design, hydrodynamics
  • On-water teaching techniques such as standing methods, falling, getting back on, turns, forward stroke, balance techniques, paddling straight, stroke analysis.
  • Rough water paddling in wind and boat wakes. (Deception Pass classes include tidal rapids training)
  • Teaching kids, games, skill building drills, team building
  • Rescues – flip, dip-pull, towing, board push, rough water rescues, flip rescue for CPR, prone paddling, sitting/kneeling, stirrup rescue

Certified Instructor Benefits

  • Students receive our 107 page PSUPA Instructor’s Flat Water 1 manual (and business manual)
  • Access to our Facebook member page to network and discuss industry questions with other instructors
  • Access to our extensive online teaching resources and guides
  • Pro-Deals from Astral, MTI, ProMotion, NorthWater, SurfCo, Mile22 Straps, Mountaineers Books, McNett, Seattle Sports, etc
  • Online business listing with your logo and contact info
  • Promotion of your business and/or paddling endeavors
  • Access to PSUPA logos to promote your business.

Read more on this course on the PSUPA website


Course Size: 8 person capacity; (Larger groups ok. Contact me to discuss.)

Course Duration: 2 days

Location: Seattle (Ballard) or Deception Pass State Park (1.5hrs north of Seattle). Custom locations ok for groups. Travel fees may apply.

Requirements to Attend

  • Current PSUPA membership. $75yr – Sign up here.
  • Be Advanced Intermediate to Advanced level. You must have a strong grasp of SUP paddling techniques.
  • This is not a course for beginners. Not sure of your skill level?  Call me to set up a skills assessment clinic prior to the course. I can provide training before the course.
  • Have current hands-on (i.e., not Internet-based) First Aid/CPR certification – or – Wilderness First Aid (with CPR) or Lifeguard Training certification.
  • Be in good physical shape and able to swim and to lift and carry all equipment.
  • Not sure of your skill level? Take my SUP 101 online course or SUP Basics 1 and 2 classes. 

Rentals Available

Rentals available at no additional cost.  I do recommend bringing as much of your own gear as possible so you learn how to use it for your classes.

Paddling Gear Required for Flat Water 1:
  • Stable surf style or displacement board
  • Paddle
  • Leash
  • PFD (ideally vest style)
  • Tow system (I can supply these)
  • Full surfing 4/3mm or 5/4mm wetsuits or drysuits required Fall-Spring or during cooler summer days
  • Booties recommended for walking on rough beaches and for additional warmth.
  • Gloves are a good option as well for staying warm during rescues or colder days.


Businesses I have Certified:

Blackfish SUP, ROW Adventures, Downwind Gladiators, the US Navy (NAS, Everett, Bangor), Gorge Performance, Let’s Go Tubing, Union Paddle & Row Center, Kayak Academy, WWU Outdoor Center, and Urban Surf, Hydrology H2o, Godfather Testing Center, SUP-fari Paddle Adventures, Given to Glide Paddle Sports, Clatsop Paddle, SUP Spokane, The Stand Up Paddling School (Singapore), Port Stevens Paddlesports (Australia), Harbor SUP (Oak Harbor); Sound Yoga & SUP (Anacortes), Wilde Adventures, Alaska Wilderness SUP, H2o SUP Yoga (Portland), Fat Cat Paddle Boarding (Vashon Island), Maliko Shuttle, More Water Time (Maui), Board Locals (CA), Good Story Paddle & Surf, Good Paddle, Anchor SUP (Michigan), Underfoot SUP (Mexico), Club Sake (Seattle).

Flat Water 1 2019-2020 Dates with Rob Casey

Custom dates: Weekdays and weekends are available for your group. Contact me to discuss. 

Location: Seattle (Shilshole Bay) or Deception Pass State Park. Location depends on what’s easier for the group. Deception Pass allows for building your skills in rough water.  Custom locations welcome for private groups. Travel fees may apply.  


Course Fee: 699 per person – Comes with our 80 page FW1 manual and equipment rentals. 

PSUPA Annual Membership: 75 per person – Includes access to our Facebook member page, our online resources page, an online business listing as well as pro-deals and marketing for your business. Join Here

*CPR / First-Aid Certificate – Required prior to your course.. 

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“The PSUPA Level 1 certification course provides fantastic on and off- water training and instruction. Rob Casey sets an excellent example of professionalism in the stand up paddle board business. His emphasis on high-quality instruction, customer service and high safety standards was very much appreciated during our course. Rob’s insight and experience in the paddleboard business has provided us with great ideas, tools and inspiration to get our own business started in Alaska. We would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to instruct paddleboarding or start a SUP business!”

Jennah Jones + Amber Walker, Alaska Wilderness SUP

Rob Casey is the best. I learned so much from my PSUPA Flat Water Level 1 class. If you’re looking to improve your skills in SUP Rob and his instructors are the best in the business. They are safety conscience and truly care about the sport. So glad I choose Salmon Bay Paddle

Mariann Kirch, Michigan

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