PSUPA: Flatwater Level 1 Certification (Includes Water Safety & Rescue) | New in 2018: Add RiverSUP &/or SUP Yoga Instructor Certifications

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PSUPA: Flatwater Level 1 Certification (Includes Water Safety & Rescue) | New in 2018: Add RiverSUP &/or SUP Yoga Instructor Certifications

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Join Shaboomee in learning to teach paddle boarding with SAFETY & FUN first. Contact us to schedule a custom training for your organization.


Lake Powell - SUP Instructor Training: 

3 Eagles Lake - Shaboomee PSUPA SUP Instructor Training:

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The PSUPA Flatwater Level 1 Certification is awarded upon completing the course, passing all tests, and achieving a satisfactory evaluation of your teaching and leadership skills, as well as your attention to safety.  You will receive a PSUPA Certified Instructors Manual that covers everything covered in the course and more.  

Course Duration: 2-3 days
Class Size: 3-12 people. RiverSUP add-on limited to 6.

  • PSUPA Flatwater Level 1 Certifications
  • April 6-8: Lake Powell, near Page, UT
  • June 1-3: Private Lake, outside Glenwood Springs

FlatWater Instructor Certification Course Pricing: $400.

Ask about our RIVER and SUP YOGA Certifications! Retreats and classes in the works!

  • Equipment Rentals available for $39/day. Includes board, paddle, PFD, leash, etc.
  • Additional personal warmth gear rentals (drysuit, wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods, etc.) may be available -subject to sizing and availability. Please contact us for details.

Please Note: You are required to become PSUPA member.
Annual Membership Fee: $75 per person. Required prior to course.
Includes member benefits & Facebook member page.

Goal: Learn how to teach a 1- and 2-hour basic SUP class, learn water safety, and leadership.  
See Curriculum below for more details.

Minimum Age of Participants: 18 years old.
Teacher-to-Student Ratio:  1 to 6 or 2 to 12.
Certification Valid for 4 Years: PSUPA certified instructors are required to take a one-day refresher course in their certification every four years to keep their certification valid.
Keeping Certifications Active:  Active Annual PSUPA Membership and Current First Aid / CPR certification is required to keep certification active.

This is not a course for beginners.  


  • Have current hands-on (i.e., not Internet-based) First Aid/CPR certification or Wilderness First Aid or Lifeguard Training certification or the equivalent for your location.
  • Be in good overall physical shape and able to swim 200 yards, and able to lift and carry all equipment.
  • Be able to launch and land a board safely, as well as safely fall from and remount a board.
  • Be comfortable walking on a SUP board and comfortable balancing in various water conditions.
  • Know basic SUP paddling techniques and be able to maintain directional control of a board, including various strokes for turning and paddling straight.
  • Be able to paddle a minimum of 3-5 miles in varied conditions –  for example, flatwater and bumpy.
  • Have at least basic knowledge of paddling equipment, SUP terms and history of the sport.
  • Have positive interpersonal skills.
  • Hold current PSUPA membership.
  • Sign liability form, provided by Instructor Trainer.


  • Water safety, which covers, among other things, emergency preparedness and rescue techniques
  • Interpretation of weather and water conditions
  • On-water group management and communication
  • Leadership skills
  • Teaching concepts and techniques
  • How to teach the basic elements of stand up paddling
  • Approaches to teaching students of varying ages, abilities, skill levels, and limitations
  • Lesson formats and preparation
  • Methods of teaching basic paddling techniques
  • SUP gear and equipment overview

Requirements for Course Completion and Certification:
Tests are Pass/Fail with Passing grade at 80% or better.

  • Pass on-water test
  • Pass written test
  • Demonstrate ability to teach land-based and on-water scenarios
  • Approval of Instructor Trainer through standardized student evaluation, which includes accessing leadership, teaching skills, and attention to safety

Note: Instructor Trainers have the right not to pass students who do not adequately demonstrate teaching skills and have a poor overall evaluation.  If a student who does not pass wants to continue to work toward certification, further training outlined by an Instructor Trainer, at an additional expense to the student, will be required prior to issuing certification.

If you are not an experienced paddler or don’t yet meet the requirements for this certification, please consider taking some basic and advanced SUP classes from our Instructor Trainers or Certified Instructors before pursuing this certification.