PSUPA Instructor Certification

 

I offer 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.

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 Flatwater 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 the PSUPA Water Safety Course and covers the basics of how to start a SUP business, but is also adaptable to clients 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, SurfCo, Mile22, OR, 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

Details

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)

Requirements to Attend

  • Current PSUPA membership. $75yr – Sign up here.
  • Have a strong grasp of SUP paddling techniques and directional control. This is not a course for beginners. Not sure of your skill level? Call us to set up a skills assessment clinic prior to the course. We 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 100 yards and to lift and carry all equipment.

Flat Water 1 Course Fee

699 per person  (+ PSUPA annual fee $75)

Rentals Available

Rentals available at no additional cost. Rentals includes all gear listed below. 

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. 

Other SUP Certifications Available: River / Downwinding / Camp Skills / Surfing

Each of these are available in custom scheduled classes for individuals or small groups. Contact me for More Info Fee: 699 per person (2-3 days). *Successful completion of FW1 required prior to taking any of these courses

Businesses Rob has 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, Board Locals (CA), Good Story Paddle & Surf, Good Paddle.

2019 Dates with Rob Casey

  • March 9-10 – 6 spots left. (Seattle)
  • April 17-18  – 3 spots left (Seattle)
  • May 17-18  – 6 spots left (Seattle or Deception Pass)
  • June 5-6 – 6 spots left (Seattle or Deception Pass)
  • Sept 14-15 – 6 spots left (Seattle or Deception Pass)

Custom dates always available for your or your group.

Sign Me Up!

“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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