Dates: Evening November 3, Full Day November 4th, 2017
Price: $225 + gst
Location: Squamish, BC
Paddle Canada River Instructors: Norm Hann, Chad Guenter

Paddle Canada Basic/Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills or equivalent experience based on instructors discretion.

Costs Include the Following:

  • Dry land evening session and one day of on water river instruction
  • Instructor/Student Ratio: 1:4
  • Paddle Canada Certification: If successful, participants can achieve their Paddle Canada River 1 skills certification. To receive this certification, the candidate will be required to be an existing member of Paddle Canada.

Price Does Not Include the Following

  • River Specific SUP and Safety Equipment. (See Equipment Tab)
  • Drysuit or Wetsuit
  • Accommodations
  • Travel to Squamish
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

Training courses are non refundable within two weeks of the course start date. 100% refundable prior to two weeks of the course start date.


Payment in full can be made via e transfer to


Build the skills you need to have fun and run rivers safely.

If you have a goal of river paddling or taking your flatwater sup skill set into a more dynamic environment the join us for our SOAR River Clinic located right here in Squamish.  This clinic gives you the opportunity to safely build your river skill set and to get comfortable in moving water. Norm Hann and Chad Guenter focus on river safety, rescue, and building a solid foundation of technical river paddling skills required to run rivers.

The area of the Mamquam River that we teach in is a fun, safe and beautiful place to spend the day with a group of people. Not only will you leave this clinic with a good foundation for river paddling but you will have had fun and the opportunity to challenge yourself. The course will be a good introduction to our Squamish River Tour and to our SOAR River Camp in the spring of 2018.

Evening Session : 6:00 – 8:00pm

  • Meet and greet
  • Paperwork
  • Course program, goals and itinerary
  • River SUP Equipment
  • River Hydrology

Full Day : 9:00am – 4:00pm

  • River Assessment & Decision Making
  • Self and Group Rescue
  • Eddie Turns
  • Ferries
  • River Running
  • Wrap Up and Debrief

Location: Squamish, B.C.

Evening Session: Norm Hann Expeditions Office, 41105 Tantalus Road, Squamish

Full Day Session:  Mamquam River

Norm Hann is a Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer for surf, touring, river and flatwater. He is a coastal expedition guide and has been leading people from around the world for the last seventeen years in the Great Bear Rainforest on multi day sup expeditions and wildlife tours. He is also a former high school teacher, college instructor and university basketball coach who has been involved with teaching, coaching and instructing for most of his life.

Chad Guenter, of Soul Flow Paddle Co, is a Paddle Canada River Instructor and an Rescue Instructor for industry leader Raven Rescue. Chad has a wealth of river and guiding experience and instructing in dynamic conditions. Chad brings his in depth swift-water rescue teaching experience to this course by providing a safe learning environment and incorporating safety principles and self rescue to the itinerary.

Required River SUP Equipment 

  • Inflatable river specific paddleboard
  • Adjustable paddle ( no carbon)
  • Safety PFD TYPE III or V
  • Helmut
  • Throwbag
  • Drysuit or wetsuit
  • River appropriate shoes or neoprene booties
  • lunch, water, snacks
  • phone and waterproof case
  • pen and notepad

River Sup Rental Package – $60

Board, Paddle, quick release leash, throw bag, Type III or V PFD, helmut. Ask us about our specific gear pricing if you do not need all of the gear.

Drysuit Rental $50