British Canoeing Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor

Dive into a two-day course designed to transform you into a qualified Stand Up Paddle Board instructor. Accredited by the British Canoeing Awarding Body (BCAB), this course equips you with essential paddling, instructing, and rescue skills.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Are you keen to turn your passion for stand-up paddleboarding into a career or simply elevate your skills? Our course covers all the crucial elements of the BCAB Stand Up Paddle Board instructor syllabus. Learn from our seasoned instructors, and become proficient not only in paddleboarding but also in leading and engaging groups safely and effectively. Whether it’s understanding the nitty-gritty of equipment selection or mastering deployment matters, this comprehensive training is your route to becoming a highly skilled instructor.


By the end of this course, you’ll have:

  • Been trained and assessed in personal paddling, instructing, and rescue skills according to BCAB standards.
  • Developed an effective strategy to prepare and engage groups in paddleboarding activities.
  • Enhanced your skills in activity planning, including games and mini-journeys designed to inspire and educate.
  • Gained valuable insights and practical solutions for common challenges in paddleboarding instruction.

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Day 1: Foundations & Preparation

  • Kick off the day with an overview of kitting up and getting afloat.
  • Experiment with a variety of group activities, including engaging games and tasks.
  • Explore and develop your instructing methods with supportive coaching from our expert tutors.

Day 2: Advanced Skills & Final Assessment

  • Delve into advanced techniques and top tips for quick fixes to common challenges.
  • Learn how to select appropriate equipment for different participants.
  • Investigate safety measures and deepen your understanding of deployment issues.
  • Wrap up with an assessment to validate your newly acquired skills and proficiency.

Whether you’re a seasoned paddleboarder looking to share your passion or a novice eager to master the sport, this course sets you on the path to becoming a certified BCAB Stand Up Paddle Board instructor.

Experience Required

Please see the BCAB skills check list: It doesn’t matter if you are relatively new to stand up paddleboarding or have existing experience; this course allows you to develop your existing skills and passion for paddlesport.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.