Basic SUP (Intro) Skills

Topics taught in safety, skills, and knowledge are:

  • Falling off safely/remounting
  • Use of a leash
  • Understanding weather and paddling conditions*
  • Lifting/carrying board*
  • Launching from beach, rocky launch, or dock*
  • Choosing/holding paddle*
  • Prone paddling
  • Paddling while kneeling*
  • Standing Up*
  • Paddling in a straight line*
  • Efficient forward stroke
  • Sweep strokes*
  • Brake stroke*
  • Techniques for paddling in waves, windy,
  • or turbulent conditions
  • Board and paddle designs*/outfitting, equipment care
  • Clothing
  • Safety equipment*
  • Injury prevention
  • Transporting boards
  • SUP heritage*
  • SUP today; flatwater, river, touring, surf, racing
  • SUP resources

Format

Basic SUP (Intro) Skills Clinic - 1.5 Hour

Teacher / Student Ratio 1:5

Topics covered in the Clinic are noted with an asterisk *

Students aiming to complete a Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills Certification require two separate 1.5 hour sessions, and must demonstrate proficiency of all of the skills and knowledge listed beyond topics taught in the Clinic.

Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills

Topics taught in safety, skills, and knowledge are:

  • Brief review of Basic SUP (Intro) skills*
  • Efficient forward stroke*
  • Foot positions*
  • Edging
  • Surf stance*
  • Pivot turn*
  • Turning under power
  • Bracing
  • Rescue and towing
  • Launching into wind and waves*
  • Paddling in chop*
  • Downwind paddling
  • Safety and knowledge*
  • Equipment
  • Advanced board design*
  • Heritage
  • Environment
  • Journeying/Seamanship

Format

Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills Clinic - 1.5 hour

Teacher/Student Ratio 1:5

Topics covered in the Clinic are noted with an asterisk *

Students aiming to complete a Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills Certification require two separate 1.5 hour sessions, and must demonstrate proficiency of all of the skills and knowledge listed beyond topics taught in the Clinic.

Pricing

  • Small group (2-5) $55pp (HST incl.)
  • Private lesson $80 (HST incl.)
  • Student group rate $40pp (HST incl.)

Included

All SUP Lessons and Sessions include the following:

  • Use of premium JL board
  • Leash
  • Paddle
  • Lifejacket

Bring

  • Fully completed waiver
  • Bathing suit/boardshorts, quick dry top
  • Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, towel, sunglass lanyard
  • *Do not bring a cellphone or camera unless with a waterproof case
  • *SUP Kingston is not responsible for lost or stolen items while in lessons

Group Session/Party

Interested in a SUP Session or birthday party with friends, colleagues, or neighbours at your cottage, waterfront home, or Kingston launch site? Options include Intro sessions, fun 1.5 hr sessions for experienced paddlers, or a combination if you have a group with varied experience. A minimum of 5 participants is required. For groups exceeding 5, two consecutive sessions are available. Additional fees might apply for travel exceeding 40 min. from downtown Kingston. Doing the organizing? You are eligible for special rewards! (Discounted Referral Program). Contact us for more information.

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SUP Socials / Full Moon Paddling

Looking to paddle with other SUP enthusiasts on weekends or to enjoy a full moon? Join SUP Kingston on Sunday mornings! We love to meet new paddlers! Locations and start times vary so please inquire one day prior to the event. Bring your own board, or if you have taken a lesson with us, rentals are available when social launch from Treasure Island Marina. Watch for Full Moon paddling events on our Facebook page!

Download our waiver forms here.

Use SUP Kingston Waiver for Clinics (1.5hr) and Group/Session Parties
Use Paddle Canada Waiver when taking a PC Skills Certification (3hr)

SUPKingston Waiver Forms 
SUP Kingston Waiver Form

 

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Paddle Canada Waiver 18+
 (for ages 18 and up)
Paddle Canada Waiver -18 (for ages under 18)