WPA Paddle Board Instructor Certification

Group Size

4 people per guide


8 hours

Do you LOVE to paddle board and want to teach, give tours or enhance your skills, then this class is for you. Longing to get out of the office and spend more time on the water? Please call Coach Sheree at 231-335-7278 to plan dates and request a candidate application.

WPA Water Safety curriculum includes classroom and on water instruction as part of the water safety education classes include: Board and Equipment Purchasing, SUP Etiquette, Safety Planning, Injury Prevention, Water Dynamics, Basic Boating Laws, Board & Paddling Skills, Rescue techniques and Water Safety information. For more details please visit the WPA Website and review the Levels of Certification Page. I also utilize my training learned and my 10+ years of experience teaching successful paddling skills and coaching techniques to teach you how to run successful classes and tours. 

This is a World Paddle Association (WPA) Certification Class designed for people with prior paddle boarding and teaching experience who want to get certified to teach others to paddle board or run exemplary tours. Class is taught by WPA Level II Instructor Trainer, Sheree Lincoln in Florida or Arkansas and in Tennessee by Charmaine Saulsbury.

We will spend some fun time on the water evaluating your current skills and fine tuning your paddle boarding technique. I teach from my WPA training and include PaddleFit techniques since I am certified in both. We will cover teaching skills, drills, warm ups, paddling safety and running a paddle business tips in a private to semi private waterfront setting for 1 to 5 people.****

The World Paddle Association Level I Certification Class Certifies you to give lessons and to instruct paddlers as a WPA Certified Instructor. 

1 Day Class*
Semi-Private small group $295 per person or 1 person Private $395. 

*1 day class can be stretched to 1 1/2 day class for Private Class

3 Day Class**

Semi-Private small group $495 per person with 2 person minimum or 1 person Private $695. 

**3 day class can be fit into a 2 day class for Semi-Private small group class.

If you are a single participant wishing to book a small group class then please pay a deposit initially or understand that if we cannot find more participants your class will be adjusted from $295 for a Semi-Private class to $395 for a private class. Call Sheree to plan the class date you desire and she will advertise to see if she can get more bookings to make it a semi-private class. 

The private classes are fun and can be more customize. The semi-private class offer more opportunity practice skills your skills on a variety of people.

Upon passing the your 1st year WPA dues is included. After the first year dues are $49 and renewal with WPA is required to maintain instructor status. 

The course includes a minimum of 5 hours of on-water instruction, 2 - 4 Hours of book work and review on your own in advance and 1- 2 hours of Zoom or in-person review of the WPA course content and written test, with me, your coach. The option to meet by Zoom can shorten up the length of your water training day by getting book review and test done ahead of time to allow for those who are traveling. Passing Exam Grade is 80% and I am confident you will all pass! 

Instructor requirements prior to teaching as a new instructor are: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 18 years of age and a minimum of 2 years of instructor ore related water sports coaching/teaching experience. 

Pick any date to make your deposit and we can update the date and add a rain date  after your initial deposit is made. 

The WPA Level I Work Book, in PDF form will be emailed to you after payment so that you can start studying for test and be prepped for our Zoom Meeting or in person review of class documentation.

*This is a WPA Certification not a PaddleFit Certification Class. I highly recommend that you also look at getting double certified by taking the PaddleFit Certification with my Coach Brody Welte of PaddleFit.

***Sea Dog Eco Tours gives you an affiliate listing on the Sea Dog SUP Nation website and a free business listing on the www.paddleboardnearme.com as well. Visit the Sea Dog Sup Nation website for more advanced details on the class curriculum.

****If you have a group larger than 4 please contact Sheree before booking so she can plan for additional instructors.