SUP Instructor Certification

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Are you ready to get certified as a paddleboard instructor?  We are ready to help get you there.  Below are our current course listings.  

We offer American Canoe Association Instructor certification.  It is the gold standard of the industry.  With a comprehensive curriculum that includes a broad range of skills from Teaching and Learning theory to specific strokes and maneuvers.  As well as rescues, professional standards, group management, kinesthetics, board design, construction, repair and much more.

It's great for paddlers who:

     Teach classes

     Would like to teach SUP courses

     Guide tours

     Have experience teaching and paddling

     Program directors

     or Enthusiasts.

The pre-requisites for Instructor Certification only are: Previous SUP experience, 18 years of age or older, First aid & CPR certification, ACA annual membership. Fee does not include ACA instructor’s manual or SEIC dues.

*Each Instructor Candidate gets a floaty truckers cap, decals, water bottle holder and mini solar resin repair kit.

You will also find a few skills courses mixed in below.  We typically offer L1/L2 the day before an Instructor Certification Workshop.  It is a great way to get tuned up and on the same page before we delve into the Instructor specific coursework.  We also have a few L3 SUP surf days listed as well.  Our goal is to enjoy the search, find some tasty waves and work on surf specific skills.  They are also a great way to get ready for your next level of certification.

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*You'll need a SUP, paddle, and a USCG approved PFD (each can be provided upon request)

For additional beta, contact: Todd at 904.806.5461 or Todd@BishopBoards.com


February 2017

ACA SUP Level 1/Level 2 (Intro to SUP/Essentials of SUP) Skills course - BOOKED FULL

February 16th 2017 - 3 hours

Tampa Bay & backwater

St. Petersburg, FL

Hosted by Sweetwater Kayaks

Lets get out for a short day of We will spend our time adjacent to and on the waters surrounding the West side of Tampa Bay and Weedon Island.

Cost: $65 pp - If you are attending the ICW (below), this course fee is included.


ACA SUP Yoga Instructor Endorsement

February 16th 2017 - 8 hours

Tampa Bay & backwater

St. Petersburg, FL

Hosted by Sweetwater Kayaks & taught by Charmaine Saulsberry 

This Endorsement is for ACA SUP Instructors or aspiring Instructors who want to teach SUP yoga courses.  Successful completion is recorded with the ACA and is concurrent with your Instructor Certification.  Includes 6 continuing education credits for Instructors registered with Yoga Alliance.

Cost: $250 pp - You save 20% ($50) if you refer a friend.


ACA SUP Leve 1l/Level 2 (Intro to SUP/Essentials of SUP) Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICW)

February 17th, 18th & 19th 2017 - 8 hours/day

Tampa Bay & backwater

St. Petersburg, FL

Hosted by Sweetwater Kayaks

Come train with us at this ACA Level 1 / Level 2 SUP Instructor Development Workshop & Instructor Certification Exam (Instructor Certification Workshop) in St. Petersburg, Florida. This intensive course is for experienced SUP paddlers seeking to acquire the training and certification needed to teach students, classes, & guide tours. Over 3 days we will develop & assess technical skills, knowledge, & teaching abilities. We will spend our time adjacent to and on the waters surrounding the West side of Tampa Bay and Weedon Island.

Cost: $450 pp


March 2017

ACA SUP Level 1 / Level 2 Skills Workshop / Assessment

March 23rd 2017

St. Augustine, FL

Come train with us at this ACA Level 1 / Level 2 Skills Workshop and Assessment.  This is a great opportunity to refine your strokes and learn new skills.  It will be very helpful for those interested in attending the Instructor Certification Workshop on March 24th - 25th.  We will spend our time on Matanzas river (Intracoastal Waterway) and it’s adjacent creeks, etc.

Cost: $65 pp       (If you are attending the ICW Mar 24-26 this course fee in included)


ACA SUP Level 1l/Level 2 (Intro to SUP/Essentials of SUP) Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

March 24th-26th 2017


ACA SUP Level 3 SUP Surf Workshop

March 27th, 2016

Ma Ocean

Saint Augustine, Florida

This will be a great opportunity to get into SUP surf or expand your current skill set.  The winter swells should provide plenty of surf for us.  With lots of surf breaks to choose from, the search will be ON and we will work together to pick our sessions for the day.  Options include breaks from New Smyrna beach to St. Augustine.  We’ll wrap up class with a skills assessment.

1 Day

Cost: $125/pp


ACA SUP Level 1/Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop

March 27th - 29th (Mon-Wed) 8am - 5pm.

Hosted by Tailrace Marina

Mount Holly, NC

Cost:   L1/L2 $450pp (3 days)

           L1 $350pp (2 days)

           L2 $350pp (2 days, L1 cert. required)

There will be a SUP yoga endorsement course on 03/30/2017 at the same locationCheck the calendars for more information or email us.



April 2017

ACA SUP Level 1l/Level 2 (Intro to SUP/Essentials of SUP) Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

April 19th - 21st (Wed-Fri) 8am - 5pm.

Wrightsville beach, NC

Hosted by: Carolina Cup

Ready to get certified as a Paddleboard instructor?  We're ready to help make it happen!

Over 3 days we'll complete an Instructor Development Workshop and Instructor Certification Exam.  Class will be held on and adjacent to the water.  Expect to paddle a lot!  We will be on the water in the Bank Channel and other adjacent waterways.  Each morning we will meet at the Blockade runner resort Intracoastal beach (grassy area next to the dock/bar).


May 2017


ACA SUP L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

May 26th, 27th & 28th, 2017

Louisville Waterfront Park

Community Boathouse

Louisville, KY

Hosted by River City Paddle Sports

Join us in the Northwest Territory on the “good river” (Ohio river), for this exhilarating class.  We will be using 2 different sites for class, the Ohio river and Long run park

Cost:    L1/L2 $450 pp (3 days)

            L1 $350 pp (2 days)

            L2 $350 pp (2 days, L1 cert. required)

We will also have a skills course the day before (May 25th).  Check the calendar.  The skills course is included (no charge) for those attending this ICW.


ACA SUP L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

May 19th, 20th & 21st, 2017

Claytor Lake, Dublin, VA

Hosted by: Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company

Join us on beautiful Clayton Lake and adjacent to Claytor Lake State Park.

Cost:    L1/L2 $450 pp (3 days)

            L1 $350 pp (2 days)

            L2 $350 pp (2 days, L1 cert. required)


We will also have a L1/L2 skills course the day before (May 18th).  Check the calendar.  The skills course is included (no charge) for those attending this ICW. 


June 2017


St. Augustine - TBD

NE - TBD


July 2017


ACA SUP L1 Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE) - BOOKED/FULL

July 27th & 28th, 2017


Aug 2017


St. Augustine - TBD


Sept 2017


ACA SUP L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

Sept. 15th, 16th & 17st, 2017

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