2021 Dates & Location: Squamish, BC: April 16-18th.

Time: Evening Day 1: 6:00 -8:30pm, Day 2 & 3: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Course Numbers: Squamish, B.C. #72054

Price: $499 + gst

Instructor: Norm Hann

Pre Requisites:

  • Minimum of PC Basic and Advanced Flat-water sup skills is required or equivalent experience.
  • Basic First Aid and CPR. You will need this before registering as an Instructor Candidate
  • 16 years of age.
  • Paddle Canada Instructor Candidate membership.


NOTE: A minimum of PC Advanced Flat-water SUP skills course is required. Sign up for one of our PC Advanced Skills Course to confidently meet the requirements. Candidates are assumed to have a good grasp of these skills such that they could present them confidently. There will be opportunities to hone skills but this is not the venue to be learning the skills for the first time. The final assessment will consist of both land and water based activities plus a written test. Successful candidates will receive a Paddle Canada Basic Flatwater Instructor Course.

Course Outcomes

  • Learn how to instruct effectively through planning and use of teaching models.
  • Learn to clearly and confidently instruct groups in an outdoor environment.
  • Develop your leadership skills and manage groups safely on the water.

Costs Include the Following

  • 2 days of Paddle Canada Instructor Training
  • 1:6 Instructor to client ratio
  • Instructor Resource Manual
  • Paddle Canada Certification: If successful, participants can achieve their Basic Flatwater Instructor or their Advanced Flatwater Instructor certification with Paddle Canada. To receive this certification, the candidate will be required to be an existing member of Paddle Canada.

Price Does not Include the Following

  • Accommodations and Travel
  • Paddle Canada Instructor Candidate membership

Payment We prefer email transfer to explore@normhann.com or you can pay through the website with credit card.

Cancellations  Cancellations 30 days prior to the start of the course will course price less 10%. Cancellation between 30-15 days results course price less 50% and there will be no refunds on course within two weeks of start date.
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“Instructor Training That Sets You Up For Success.”

Are you looking to turn your passion for paddling into a standup paddleboarding business? Or do you want to get the instructor and teacher training necessary to be confident working for a company offering standup paddleboarding lessons and tours?

Norm Hann, a trained high school teacher and college instructor, brings his lifetime of coaching, teaching and twenty years of multi day expedition guiding experience to this course to help you build a strong instructional foundation. His Paddle Canada Basic Flatwater Instructor course is an enriching two day program for aspiring standup paddleboard instructors, retail and rental staff, fitness professionals and those interested in starting a standup paddleboarding business.

Our course delivers teaching models, the understanding of individuals learning styles and outdoor management principles that can not only be applied in your business but can be used in any other environment where training, teaching and leading others is involved. This course is a pre requisite to the Advanced Flatwater Instructor Course and upper level instructor courses including Surf 1 & 2, Touring 1 & 2, and River 1 & 2. 

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Instructor Candidate Gear List

  • Standup Paddleboard appropriate for teaching
  • Paddle
  • Leash
  • Jacket PFD with sound singling device (no waist belt PFD’s)
  • Immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit for rescues)
  • Tow Line
  • Pen
  • Snacks/Water/Lunch
  • First Aid Kit

*SUP Rentals including board, paddle, and leash are available for the course at a price of $100 + gst.

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Course Numbers

Squamish, B.C #72054

How to Register

  1. Find your course ID above.
  2. Sign up for the course. This needs to be done before the course start date. You can go to www.paddlecanada.com and click on ‘Join Today’ at the bottom and follow prompts  OR
  3. If you are an existing Paddle Canada member then use your existing Paddle Canada account. Under ‘My Memberships’ go to Instructor Candidate and follow prompts.

If you have an questions feel free to send an email to explore@normhann.com
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