SUPSmart Certification Course for Novice or Beginners


The SUPSmart Certification Course is perfect for Novice or Beginners wanting a complete education on Stand Up Paddle Boarding from learning about the equipment and accessories to situational paddling with variations that will allow you to practice the skills we teach you. Our course is in chronological order making it Fun and Easy to Learn starting with very basic techniques and growing into advanced paddling. Participants MUST complete all Sessions to receive the Certificate of Completion.

My/Our course evolved from over 12 years of experience. My Team and I have trained over 100,000s of Beginners or First Timers. Every 1 of our Guides have completed the course which will Qualify you to become a Guide. I/We are so confident in what will teach you that we offer an OPTIONAL Return Of Your Amount Paid in the form of work and or “Guide Compensation”. How or Why? Just look at all the activities we offer. We have peek seasons that require additional help and who better to call upon then our own Trained and Certified VIP Members. Don't worry, it is 100% optional and we don't expect all participants to want to be a Guide, but for those who do then we look forward to utilizing your newly acquired skills. Participants are guaranteed compensation as a Guide working directly with our Team if you wish to earn Part-Time Income. I will personally guarantee paying you earnings exceeding your Investment as long as you are willing and able.

Brian E. Galton, Founder

1 - History of SUP/course overview
2 - Terminology
Techniques and Maneuvers
3 - Board Parts and Paddle Parts
4 - Pre-paddle Safety and Preparation
Loading and Unloading Board(s) on a Vehicle
Roof Rack Options
Local Launch Options
Rules for Beach Launching and Launch Zones
Tide Tables and Charting Ocean Paddling
Understanding Weather
Optional methods for lifting board on Dock and Seawalls
Avoiding Hazardous Objects (Seawalls and Docks)
How To Escape a Rip Current
Overall Trip Planning (Fuel, Mobile Phone, Hydration, Route Sharing)
5 - Waterway Cleanups
6 - Quick Lesson and Practice
Avoiding Seawalls and Docks (Barnacles)
Learning To Stand Up
How To Fall and Get Back on SUP
Prone, Knee, and Standing Positions
Paddle Techniques: Forward (T-Grip) and Reverse

Session 2: Flat Water Paddle (Island City ECO Paddle and Lesson) - 2 Hours Comfortably Paced
Board and Paddle Preparation
Using Tie Downs
Hand Signals
Buddy Tow
How To Spot Manatee
How To Identify Birds

Session 3: Intracoastal Paddling (Venice Of America and Seven Isles) - 2 Hours
No Wake Zones
Speed Signs
Manatee Season
Low and High Tides / King Tides

Session 4: Ocean Paddle (Reef Snorkel & Ocean Paddle Adventure Lauderdale-By-The-Sea) - 2 Hours
Dive Flag Rules
Pier, Moorings, Buoys, and Boats
Jelly Fish
Identifying Marine Life
Locations To Snorkel

Session 5: Distance Paddling and Touring (7 Mile Paddle) - Guided 3 – 4 Hours Paddling at Comfortable Pace
Practice Everything Learned

Session 6: SUP YOGA - 90 Minute Class with Certified YOGA Instructor
Beginners to Intermediate Poses

Session 7: Paddle Board Fitness - 60 Minutes with Fitness Instructor
How to Use a Board for Strength and Endurance Training

Session 8: Night Paddling (Full Moon Paddle) - 3 Hours
Preparing Board for Night Paddle
Participation as a Guide
Refreshments Celebration

Session 9: Course Final and Bonus Paddle
Sup Smart Certificate of Completion
VIP Memberships Perks
Shirt and Bucket
How to Select a Board including Construction, Sizes, and Purposes
SUP Accessories 101
Bonus: One Way Ticket to Paradise and Wristband for Bonnet House Grounds

Cancelation and Refund Policies
NOTE: All times are approxiamate for each session and will vary depending on your participation. Each Session can and will be scheduled to meet your convenience. Upon scheduling your first session, we will adapt a schedule that works best for you. If for any reason we cannot adapt to your schedule during this first session then a full refund can be requested and will be honored as long as it is done prior to the 2nd session. Any requested Refunds after the 2nd session begins will have $200 deducted from the amount paid for each session already completed and after 5 sessions No Refunds are permitted.

Tour info

16 to 22 hours
Group Size
no limit
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Meeting Point

2520 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, USA

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