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Two people paddling in a stand-up paddleboard on Widgeon Creek, BC.
Location: Widgeon Creek, BC. Photo credit: Diane Kiss

River 1 SUP Skills

Discipline: Stand Up Paddleboard Stream: Skills Development

This course introduces the novice to paddling a paddleboard on easy (Class I) rivers and surfing on standing waves. The emphasis is on mastering the fundamentals of river paddling, along with a strong grounding in water safety and safe paddleboard practices.

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Course Overview

Typical Course Length

6-8 hours

Course Topics

Safety Skills
  • Falling off safely
  • Remounting the board
  • Use of a leash
  • River signals
  • River hazards
  • Throwbag rescue
Paddling Skills
  • Paddling while kneeling, sitting or straddling
  • Foot positions
  • Edging
  • Eddy turns
  • Front ferry
  • Surfing
  • Bow draw
  • River specific gear
  • Safety equipment
  • River reading
Course Prerequisites
  • Advanced Flatwater SUP course or equivalent experience.
  • Paddlers need time and practice to sufficiently develop the skills learned in the prerequisite course before registering in this course.