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WPA Level I Certification

New paddlers are taking to the water every day and in unprecedented numbers. While a boon for paddlers and the standup paddling community alike, the WPA recognizes that many paddlers, new and experienced, haven’t been educated on the basics of water safety. With paddlers on waterways all over the world, safety and preparedness are key.

The WPA provides world-class water safety and SUP instruction designed to educate and prepare instructors to teach paddlers at every level how to have a fun and safe experience on the water. Our expert staff will certify instructors to teach a consistent and proven curriculum of fundamental technique, water dynamics and water safety appropriate for all water environments.

The WPA Water Safety curriculum includes classroom and on water instruction as part of the water safety education classes that includes:

Board and Equipment Purchasing
SUP Etiquette
Safety Planning
Injury Prevention
Water Dynamics
Boating Laws
Board & Paddling Skills
Rescue techniques
Water Safety information

CPR/First Aid certificate (class format through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
$75 per year to maintain WPA instructor certificate (first year fee included in the first class)
80% on certification exam
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