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Instructor Certifications & Specialty Clinics

Every year Downunder offers experienced paddlers the opportunity to become Paddle Board Instructors, and/or PaddleFit Instructors. 

We also hold specialty clinics with renowned SUP professionals, some of whom are world champions in the sport, and have included:  Dave Kalama, Annabel Anderson, Fernando Stalla, Anthony Vela, Candice Appleby.

Why take a clinic?

  • Train SUP specific
  • Learn how to paddle efficiently – so avoid injury
  • Learn race technique and strategy
  • Keep up with your mates
  • Beat your mates (!)
  • Get a ripped core


PaddleFit Instructor Certification

Downunder is a certified Level 1 & Level 2 instructor training facility for PaddleFit.  This certification is one or two days.  $295 by the day or $490 both.

PaddleFit Certifications in 2015 – Thursday May 28th and Friday May 29th – in advance of our annual Soundsurfer Paddle/Race event (Saturday 30th).  There will be many programs offered over that weekend, with Team riders from a variety of board companies, free demos, clinics etc.  Put it on your calendar!

Register online

Space is limited to 15 people per class. Please contact Downunder if you need to rent equipment for the class (203) 956-6217.  Boards are used in the afternoon portion of the clinic.  Discounted rate extended to participants of $40 for one day or $75 for two. 

1 Day PaddleFit Instructor Certification – Level One

Level 1 is a foundational course with the nucleus being water safety including the laws and regulations surrounding SUP. Level 1 will also cover industry knowledge such as equipment design and proper equipment sizing as well as basic paddling and teaching skills in a group setting. PaddleFit has partnered with the WPA ( on the Level 1 course so you will receive the educational component for the WPA Class 1.

 2 Day PaddleFit Instructor Certification*, WPA Class 1

Day 2 builds on the foundation of Level 1 with the emphasis now being on coaching and fitness. This course will allow you to work more in-depth on paddling skills as well as develop training programs. Level 2 will cover group dynamics, class management and introduce you to program development. We will discuss the client technique progression and show you the cues and tools to use to facilitate this.

*includes a comprehensive package on how to develop your Instructional programs, market and run your business.  Fitness accreditations: American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


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SUP Instructor Certification

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SUP Instructor Water Rescue (half day). Fri June 12.  12pm to 5pm. $120.  This course is a requirement to complete any ASI SUP instructor certification

Level 1 SUP Instructor Sun-Mon (2 days)  Saturday 1- Sunday June 13/14, 9 am to 4pm.  $375

This foundation course is the entry level qualification for working as a stand up paddle instructor. Learn about SUP laws and instructor responsibilities, managing clients safely, how to create lesson plans to instruct different types of students in a variety of enclosed flat water locations.

NEW IN 2015 One Day ASI SUP Yoga certification – Monday June 15th

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