THE PADDLE COACH | Choose your paddling adventure....
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP), dragon boat and fitness experts servicing the GTA including Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Toronto

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Here are The Paddle Coach we have been proudly offering Paddle Canada SUP certification courses since 2010. Our team of instructors are fully certified and have over 20 years of experience in their field as both athletes and professional coaches. We live and breathe what we do and are constantly developing new and engaging ways to pass along our knowledge to others. If you would like to advance your skills further through a Paddle Canada course, or become an Instructor yourself, check out our course listings above.



This 5 hour course bundles the Basic and Advanced SUP Skills Certifications into a single course. It is best suited to individuals that have prior SUP experience who are looking to take their skills to the next level and to the aspiring SUP Instructor. These two courses are the official prerequisites to becoming a Paddle Canada SUP instructor. Skills covered include basic turns, crossbow turns, pivot turns, paddling in wind and small waves, understanding the affect of wind on water and planning paddling routes accordingly, advanced paddling technique, bracing.......just to name a few. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded with the Paddle Canada Basic and Advanced SUP Skills certification.


This Paddle Canada course is intended to teach Instructor Candidates the basics of instruction and teaching techniques while still nurturing each candidates natural instructional style. Candidates should have solid Basic and Advanced SUP Skills prior to taking the Instructor Certification course. Upon successful completion of the written and practical components of the course, candidates will be awarded their 'Basic Flatwater SUP Instructor Certification'. For a more details breakdown of the Paddle Canada Flatwater Skills and Instructor courses check out the Paddle Canada program manual HERE


This 2-day Paddle Canada course is designed for those that have successfully completed the Paddle Canada Basic SUP Instructor course and now wish to pursue their Advanced SUP Instructor certification, or those that feel they have the skills to challenge for the Advanced Instructor. The course will cover teaching principles, group management strategies and how to apply them to both the Basic and Advanced SUP Skills curriculum, as well provide practical experience in teaching on-water skills. This course will also cover how to properly administer both a Basic and Advanced SUP Skills course.

​DATE             Please email us for 2023 dates.
COST             $499 + HST 
LENGTH         2 Days 
PREREQ         Paddle Canada Basic SUP Instructor Course
LOCATION    Barrie, ON


Are you a skilled stand up paddler that's been itching to explore some of the more remote and off-grid paddling routes Ontario has to offer, but are just not sure where to start? We can help! This course is intended to develop the skills and knowledge needed to take on more remote day trips on a SUP and to do so safely and with confidence. Topics covered include what gear to bring and how to pack it on your board, how to paddle with a loaded board in sheltered and open-water conditions, how to navigate using map and compass as well as GPS, emergency communication options and how to use them, route planning based on wind and weather and decision-making skills in the touring environment. As an added bonus, this course is hosted on the Beautiful Georgian Bay coast near Parry Sound, home to the iconic Franklin, Mink and McCoy Islands - an area we will be exploring as a part of this course.
Skills building meets adventure! What better combination. 
NOTE: This is not a official Paddle Canada certification course but follows a similar curriculum to touring 1 skills.


This Paddle Canada course is intended to build the basic foundations of knowledge and skill to SUP safely and with confidence on moving water. This is the prerequisite to the Paddle Canada River 2 Skills Certification course. For a more details breakdown of the skills covered in this course check out the Paddle Canada website HERE.

No courses are currently scheduled for 2022

THE PADDLE COACH Inc. ®  Barrie, Ontario

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Barrie and Port Credit. This course can also be custom booked for a group at your location of choice. Email us for a quote.
Paddle Canada Certified Advanced SUP Instructor Trainer
Board, Paddle, Leash, PFD for duration of program
SUP Instructor learning resources
Participants must have their basic and advanced sup skills or equivalent experience prior to course start. See the PC program manual, pages 23-30, to see what knowledge, safety and paddling skills are covered in these courses and what you are expected to have

All courses booked for summer 2022. 
2.5 Days. This course runs from 6-9pm on Friday and approximately 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday
$545 + HST
Paddle Canada Certified Advanced SUP Instructor 
Drybag for personal items
Boards available for rent for $30 + HST for course
Prior SUP experience recommended

​Please email us for private bookings
5-6 hours
$225 + HST
Base camp for this course will be the Ontario Sea Kayak Center, home of the stunning Harmony Outdoor Inn.
Paddle Canada Certified SUP Instructor with WFA training
Drybag for personal items
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Accommodations: We have set aside the glamping tents at Harmony Outdoor Inn. All you need to do is book if you would like to stay on site. Glamping tents at $160/nt based on double occupancy.

Transport to and from Parry Sound and within area.

Food: Harmony has a beautiful outdoor camp kitchen for you to use to prepare your meals.

Equipment: You can bring your own touring board, paddle, pfd (jacket-style) and leash or rent a touring specific package for $100 + HST for use during the course.
If you bring a board it must be touring specific.

Parking at launch locations

Monday August 2 - Wednesday August 4, 2021

2.5 days
$550 + HST
Participants on this course must have prior experience and the ability to paddle proficiently and effectively in light to moderate chop and winds of up to 20km/hr. Paddle Canada advanced sup skills or equivalent experience is highly recommended.