A large group at sunrise paddleboarding.
Location: Saint-Laurent Park, Quebec. Photo credit: Valerie Turcotte

Touring 1 SUP Skills

Discipline: Stand Up Paddleboard Stream: Skills Development

This course introduces participants to paddling and navigating in a coastal environment. The emphasis is on knowledge, navigation and safety skills.


Touring 1 SUP Skills expands on concepts introduced in the Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills course and applies them to a more dynamic coastal environment.

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Course Overview

Typical Course Length

6-8 hours

Course Topics

Safety Skills
  • Safety equipment
  • Group paddling dynamics
  • Communication
  • Basic rescues & towing
Paddling Skills
  • Stroke efficiency for longer distances
  • Launching
  • Paddling in wavy conditions
  • Paddling in wind
  • Paddling a loaded board
Knowledge
  • Decision making models & route planning
  • Basic weather forecasting
  • Navigation
  • Exposed vs. sheltered shoreline
  • Touring specific equipment
  • Tides and currents
  • Heritage
Course Prerequisites
  • Advanced Flatwater Stand Up Paddleboard course, or equivalent skills and knowledge.
  • Paddlers need time and practice to sufficiently develop the skills learned in the prerequisite course before registering in this course.
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