Price: $650 + gst

Dates: April 10-12th, 2024

Location: Comox, British Columbia

Comox Course Number: TBD

Paddle Canada Instructor: Norm Hann

Comox Location


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

  • 1 evening, 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
  • SUP Equipment

What to Bring

  • Standup Paddleboard appropriate for teaching
  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Coil Leash
  • Jacket PFD with sound singling device (no waist belt PFD’s)
  • Immersion gear (wetsuit or drysuit for rescues)
  • Tow Line
  • First Aid Kit
  • Clothing Extras & Safety Equipment you would have if you were instructing
  • Aids for instruction (small white board, dry erase markers, visual aids)
  • Pen
  • Snacks/Water/Lunch



Read about our cancellation policy here. Please email if you need to cancel at any time.

Space is limited in training courses and your spot is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.


Develop Your Teaching and SUP Coaching Skill Set on our Paddle Canada Instructor Training

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 over twenty years of multi day expedition guiding experience to this course to help you build a strong instructional foundation. His Paddle Canada Flatwater Instructor course is an enriching one evening, 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 upper level instructor courses including Surf 1 & 2, Touring 1 & 2, and River 1 & 2. Join Norm for a great this great learning experience.