Dates:  April 1-3rd, (FULL), October 14 – 16th, 2022

Price: $599 + gst

Weekend Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • 1:oopm: Meet at Tofino Paddle Surf located on the beach at Mackenzie Beach
  • Meet and Greet
  • Decision Making & Ocean Safety
  • Flatwater Surf Skills Session
  • 5:00pm: Wrap Up

Day 2: AM

  • Morning meeting time TBD
  • Surf Check
  • Ocean & Surf Safety
  • Getting out through waves
  • Catching your first waves

Day 2: Afternoon

  • Surf Check
  • Etiquette
  • Catching waves

Day 3: Morning

  • Morning Meeting Time TBD
  • Surf Check
  • Ocean & Surf Safety
  • Catching waves, going down the line, turning

Day 3: Afternoon

  • Free surf and coaching
  • 4:30pm Wrap up

What’s Included:

  • Paddle Canada Coastal Surf 1 Skills Certification
  • 1:3 Instructor to client ratio.

What’s Not Included:

  • Accommodations
  • Food
  • Paddle Surf Boards
  • Wetsuits
  • Rentals Available

Weekend Rentals:

  • Wetsuit/Paddleboard Rental packages available for the weekend. $150 at Tofino Paddle Surf. Please call or email. 250 244 6399 |

* These can be added on at time of booking.  Who is this course for?  This is a beginner-friendly paddle surf course for those people who already have a basic flatwater skill set and want to learn how to paddle surf and catch their first waves. This experience is also designed for you to enjoy being part of a fun group of people and having a great time in a great location. Although you will learn a lot, this weekend is about fun, connection, and disconnection in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

Paddle Canada Surf Instructors

Mike Darbyshire: Mike is stoked on all disciplines of SUP and is a Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer in flatwater, surf, river and touring. His true love is surfing and enjoys sharing the stoke with clients. Mike run’s the SUP program at Deep Cove Kayak and is sponsored athlete and racer by Starboard, Kokatat and Werner Paddles.

Catherine Bruhwiler: Catherine is a life long Tofino local and one of Canada’s top surfers. As a Paddle Canada SUP Instructor she teaches paddleboarding and surfing full time through her business Tofino Paddle Surf. With her vast experience growing up on the ocean and surfing, Catherine brings a wealth of local knowledge, technical surf expertise and a warm Tofino ambassadorship to the course. Catherine is sponsored by Arc’teryx, Live to Surf and Aftanas Surfboards.

Norm Hann: Norm is a Paddle Canada Surf instructor trainer and a wilderness expedition leader based in Squamish, B.C.  Norm also runs unique multi-day sup experiences to the Great Bear Rainforest, Belize and the remote corners of Vancouver Island and is always excited about sharing the water with passionate people.

Booking and Cancellation Full payment is due at time of booking to secure your place in the course. No refunds are issued 14 days from course start day.

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Learn to Paddle Surf in Spectacular Tofino British Columbia

Enjoy the magic of Tofino and the west coast on our fun and friendly introductory paddle surf weekend with our friends at Tofino Paddle Surf. This weekend is designed for you and your goals of catching your first wave. Our weekend will start with a surf specific flatwater lesson to get you comfortable with the paddling techniques and turns required to efficiently catch waves. From there we will progress into the surf as we build on our dry land and on water components that focus on ocean safety, etiquette, decision making and catching your first wave. Our surf instructors provide technical coaching that will steepen your learning curve and keep you safe in the ocean environment. We love catching waves as much as you will and we are excited to stare the surf stoke with you here in Tofino.

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  • Paddle surf board
  • Surf Leash at least the same length as your board.
  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Wetsuit (4mm or 5mm hooded suit is recommended)
  • Neoprene Surf Booties (3-5mm )
  • Neoprene Gloves (optional but strongly recommended on colder days)
  • Rashguard (optional)
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Pen and Notebook

Wetsuit/Paddleboard Rental packages available for the weekend. $150

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