SUP instructor certification

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Where ever in the world you decide to acquire SUP instructor certification, safety is the primary focus. Courses done well is a common theme along with consistency in an effort to standardize teachings world wide.  

WPA (listed first) sponsors certified instructors across the country and beyond. Listed here are both profit and non-profit associations.

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World Paddle Association (WPA) SUP Instructor certification directory

The WPA offers four certified levels of instruction.

Class I:

  • Outcome – Certified to give lessons to instruct paddlers as a WPA certified instructor

Class II:

  • Requirements – a class I instructor may petition to become a class II instructor after one year as a class I instructor with WPA

Class II Teaching Instructor:

  • Requirements- a Class I instructor may petition to become a Class II Teaching instructor after one year as a Class I instructor with the WPA – additional criteria – click on WPA link below to access details

Class III:

  • Requirements- WPA Class II Teaching instructor, 3 years as a WPA instructor (no lapse in yearly fees)
  • specialized water safety training – additional criteria – click on WPA link below to access details

Master Class I:

  • WPA Class III certification, multiple specialized water safety training and able to write a safety examination. 
  • A WPA Class III instructor may petition to become a Master Class I instructor two years from the date of completing their Class III certification class.

Click on the link below to see details:

United States

Paddle Core Fitness

P.O. Box 61525
Honolulu, Hawaii

Paddle Core Fitness offers a beginner and advanced program. All paddlers must be capable paddlers.

To find out more details click on the following link:

Paddle Core Fitness

Paddle Into Fitness

P.O Box 9767
San Diego, California, U.S.

2 day and 4 day certification program. Beginner lesson, gentle wave, nautical flow and surfer's sculpt classes.

To find out more details click on the following link: paddle into fitness

PaddleFit Pro

Coronado, CA

PaddleFit is a fitness system that includes both land based workouts, paddling technique and water based workouts. PaddleFit offers Level 1, 2 and 3 in Key West FL, San Diego CA, Tampa Bay Area FL, Jupiter FL, Grand Haven MI, Phoeniz Area AZ, Tulsa OK, Fenwick Island DE, and Wasaga Beach in the Toronto area in Ontario Canada.

To find out more details click on the following link:

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Paddle Into Fitness
Yoga SUP instructor certification

P.O Box 9767
San Diego CA

Paddle Into Fitness offers a two day SUP Certification program and a four day SUP Yoga Certification program with professional Roxy Stand Up Paddle athlete Gillian Gibree. Both WPA and Yoga Alliance are their sponsors. 

To find out more details click on the following link:


Paddle Canada

not for profit

P.O. Box 126
Kingston Ontario
K7L 4V6

Paddle Canada was born in 1971. The organization started as the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association (1971 – 2006). After examining current trends stand up paddle boarding (SUP) was added and the name changed to Paddle Canada. National standards for sea and river kayaking were already in place and now the long term goal includes the development of standard skill sets for all recreational paddling..

For SUP instructor certification details click on the following link:

Paddle Canada


Sponsored by Paddle Canada

Box 727
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0

3 day program trains SUP paddlers to teach the Paddle Canada Introductory SUP Program. As well a 3 hour Advanced Flat water course builds on the 3 day program. 

For flatwater instructor certification details click on the following link:

United Kingdom

BSUPA British Stand Up Paddle Association

not for profit

United Kingdom

The BSUPA works with other related governing and non governing bodies to standardize and make consistent regulations and safey for SUP surfers and flat water paddlers.

Afiliated with:
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Royal Society For the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)

For more details contact:
Simon Bassett –
Andy Gratwick –

To find more details for SUP instructor certification click on the following link.


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