We 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're 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,
  • 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, NUUN, Mile22, OR, Mountaineers Books, McNett, Seattle Sports, etc
  • Online business listing with your contact info
  • Promotion of your business and/or paddling endeavors

  • “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


    Course Size: 6 People

    Course Duration: 2 days

    Requirements to Attend
  • Current PSUPA membership. 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.
  • Gear Requirements – Stable surf style board, paddle, leash, preferably vest style PFD, and immersion clothing (full wet or drysuits). We offer paddling gear and clothing rentals.
  • Course Fees
    699 per person

    + PSUPA Annual Membership Fee (required) — $65 per person. Join here.

    Equipment Required / Rentals Available
    Stable surf style board, paddle, leash, PFD, wetsuit. tow system. Full surfing suits or drysuits required Fall-Spring or during cooler summer days. Booties recommended for walking on rough beaches. Gloves are a good option as well for staying warm during rescues. Rentals available for all gear.

    2018 Dates with Rob Casey

  • March 17-18 – 6 spots left. (Seattle)

  • April 21-22 – 6 spots left. (Seattle)

  • June 9-10 – 6 spots left. (Seattle)

    Custom dates available for your group.

  • 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


    Starting a New Paddling Business? Rob is available to give you ideas to help you develop your recreational business, develop a paddling community, start a retail, rental, and/or instruction business and to recommend equipment for rentals and retail sales. Contact us to inquire about consulting fees. Clients include Clatsop Paddle; Body Boat Blade; Williamette Paddle, Given to Glide Paddle Sports, Blackfish SUP, Stand Up Fitness.


    If you or your recreational staff don’t require instructor certification, but would like instructor training, please contact us about our training program, which covers teaching and rescue techniques. We can modify this course to fit your needs. Our SUP Rescues clinic is a also great option to increase Water Safety for your business or recreational center. Contact us to inquire about Non-Certified SUP Staff/Instructor Training fees. Clients have included the Kayak Academy and Body Boat Blade.


    Rob has certified the following businesses and organizations: 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).