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Basic Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Skills


Stand up paddle-boarding is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. This activity benefits participants with a strong ‘core’ workout, and is gaining in popularity as crossover athletes are training with SUP.

This introductory course will teach about the subtle difference and styles of boards, paddles, and equipment. By the end of the 3-hour session, you will be able to paddle your board in a straight line, stop, be able to do several different strokes to maneuver yourself sideways and around obstacles.

This course teaches you the necessary components for Paddle Canada Basic SUP Skills Certification.


Please arrive at Oceanriver Sports 10-15 minutes early for your program to meet your instructor(s) and other participants.

After meeting and greeting all, we will get into our paddling gear and be introduced to the sport of stand up paddling. Specifically, you will learn the following:

  • Stand up paddle-board design
  • Paddle design
  • Paddle clothing
  • Getting on and off a paddle-board
  • Forward stroke – “C” stroke.
  • Stopping brace
  • Stern rudder
  • Sweep stroke
  • Bow draw

For your safety and enjoyment, we ensure that groups with more than 6 participants are led by two experienced instructors. Our minimum group size is 3 participants and 1 instructor; our maximum group size is 10 participants and 2 instructors.

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Equipment List

Please read the following equipment list carefully, as it indicates what you will need to bring with you to help ensure you enjoy a comfortable tour.

Ocean River Sports stocks many of the items listed below. If you need advice or would like to purchase gear, please visit us or check out our online store!

Cotton keeps you cold when it’s wet, and takes a long time to dry. If possible, bring clothing designed for outdoor wear and made from Merino (wool), silk, or synthetic materials, such as polyester, polypropylene, or nylon.

  • Eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • A broad-brimmed sun/rain hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Clothing like you might wear for a short hike (dress in appropriate layers depending, on the weather).
  • Light rain jacket
  • Footwear for paddling – sport sandals are fine, wetsuit booties, reef shoes, or running shoes also work
  • Water
  • A watertight plastic bag for electronics
  • A camera (optional)
  • A change of clothes in a marine dry bag or small backpack.
    • If using a backpack, place your clothing in a plastic bag to ensure they stay dry

We cannot be responsible for damage to or loss of your items, so please ensure valuables are stored securely in watertight plastic bags or dry bags.


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I partcipated in the SUP inntro course today. Our instructor Gary was great; patient and encouraging. We also learned a number of strokes. I was able to stand up until I got a little to cocky and fell in. BUT I got back on and stood up again. Thank you for the welcome to a NEW sport. I am confident enough to do it again on my own. – Laura

Great intro to SUP with Yannick. He has always been extremely helpful in every way when I visit your store. He shares his knowledge and explains things extremely well. You have great staff at the store, keep up the great reputation! 
– cheers, paul

About Ocean River

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier speciality kayak and adventure companies in North America. Brian Henry, the founder & current owner, has been running Ocean River since 1981, and Ocean River continues to be recognised as one of the most significant outdoor/paddlesports instructional & tours provider in North America.

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