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Professional Stand Up Paddleboard Association (PSUPA) Flatwater LV1 Certification

  • North Park Lake Lake Shore Drive Wexford, PA, 15090 United States (map)



with Melissa Lucciola

This course is a 2-day SUP Instructor Certification through the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA). This internationally recognized program is beneficial for both independent SUP instructors as well as recreational business owners who offer SUP instruction and rentals. You will learn the skills needed to teach a 1 to 3-hour SUP class confidently and safely. The curriculum includes the PSUPA Water Safety Course and is adaptable to client's specialized needs. Certification is awarded upon completing the course, passing all tests, and achieving a satisfactory evaluation. The certification is valid for 4-years.


  • Risk management, group management, making smart decisions, legal issues, waivers, communication, marine weather, basic navigation

  • How to teach a 1.5 to 3hr basic class or tour

  • Teaching concepts, learning personalities and how to work with each, student phobias, modeling,

  • Learn about paddling equipment, equipment manufacturing, board and paddle design, hydrodynamics

  • On-water teaching techniques such as standing methods, falling, getting back on, turns, forward stroke, balance techniques, paddling straight,

  • Rough water paddling in wind and boat wakes.

  • Teaching kids, games, skill building drills, team building

  • Rescues - flip, dip-pull, towing, board push, rough water rescues, flip rescue for CPR, prone paddling, sitting/kneeling


  • Current PSUPA membership. Sign up here.

  • First Aid or Lifeguard Training certification or the equivalent for your location.

  • Be in good overall physical shape, be able to swim 200 yards and be able to lift and carry all equipment.

  • Be able to launch and land a board safely, as well as safely fall from and remount a board.

  • Be comfortable walking on a SUP board and comfortable balancing in various water conditions.

  • Know basic SUP paddling techniques and be able to maintain directional control of a board, including various strokes for turning and paddling straight.

  • Be able to paddle a minimum of 3-5 miles in varied conditions – for example, flatwater and bumpy.

  • Have at least basic knowledge of paddling equipment, SUP terms and history of the sport.

  • Have positive interpersonal skills.

  • Sign liability form, provided by Instructor Trainer.

  • This is not a course for beginners.


  • Students receive our 107 page PSUPA Instructor's Flat Water 1 manual (and business manual)

  • Access to our Facebook member page to network and discuss industry questions with other instructors

  • Access to our extensive online teaching resources and guides

  • Pro-Deals from Astral, MTI, ProMotion, SurfCo, NUUN, Mile22, OR, Mountaineers Books, McNett, Seattle Sports, etc

  • Online business listing with your contact info

  • Promotion of your business and/or paddling endeavors

Certification Valid for 4 Years: PSUPA certified instructors are required to take a one-day refresher course in their certification every four years to keep their certification valid.


PSUPA Flatwater LV1 Certification ($475) + PSUPA Annual Membership Fee (required) — $75 per person. Join here. Payment Options Available.  Submit your application below.  

A non-refundable within four weeks prior to course date the full amount is due when registering. Please sign up using the form below.