Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor – British Canoeing

Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor - British Canoeing

£ 200

Perth, Scotland

Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 14
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 200

Activity Highlights:

Dive into the world of paddleboarding instruction with our Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor Course accredited by British Canoeing. This course is meticulously designed for those aspiring to conduct SUP taster and starter sessions in very sheltered water environments.

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 consecutive days
  • Age Requirement: Adults (14+)
  • British Canoeing Qualification: Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor
  • Price: £200 per person

Key Skills

The course equips you with essential skills for SUP instructing, including:

  • Effective group kitting and preparation for getting afloat.
  • Conducting initial familiarisation activities.
  • Implementing games and activities to enhance learning.
  • Utilising mini journeys to inspire adventure and exploration.

Course Breakdown

The 2-day course balances training with assessment in three main areas:

  1. Professional Standards: Understanding the responsibilities and ethics of an SUP instructor, ensuring enjoyable, safe, and rewarding sessions.
  2. Rescue Skills: Acquiring the ability to perform various rescues, crucial for maintaining safety on the water.
  3. Personal Skills: Enhancing personal paddling techniques to lead groups confidently.

Additionally, the course offers optional eLearning to cover various relevant topics, accessible ahead of the course or as ongoing support once in the instructing role.


We are located in the heart of Perthshire, near Perth City Centre. Our tranquil position by the River Tay provides a stunning backdrop for learning, surrounded by the picturesque views of Kinnoull Hill.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.


  • Demonstrated personal paddling and rescue competence.
  • Full membership with a National Association.
  • Aged 14 or over.

Why Choose Us?

We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, comprehensive instructor training in a supportive and beautiful environment. Our SUP Instructor Course not only prepares you for your first instructing role but also equips you with the skills to deliver safe and enjoyable paddleboarding experiences. Our unique location by Scotland’s longest river, combined with top-class equipment and facilities, ensures an unparalleled learning experience for aspiring SUP instructors.

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What's Included:

  • Comprehensive instructor training by qualified professionals.
  • Access to a range of suitable SUP equipment for training.
  • British Canoeing certification upon successful completion.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Meals and drinks.
  • Travel expenses to and from the course location.
  • Accommodation.


Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future.
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for paddleboarding. We can reschedule your session for a later date if this is the case. However, a bit of rain and a grey sky won’t stop us. We will only reschedule if the conditions are unsafe.

It’s ideal for those looking to become SUP instructors, suitable for leading sessions in clubs, centres, or other organisations.

Assessment focuses on three areas: professional standards, rescue skills, and personal paddling skills.

The course duration is 2 days, combining both training and assessment.

Candidates need to demonstrate personal paddling and rescue competence and have full National Association Membership.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts