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PSUPA Flat Water L1 Certification

Hybrid Course - 1 day water training/safety practicum & self paced online course

  • 5 hours
  • 450 US dollars
  • Online and In Person: Severna Park, MD

Service Description

Carleen Birnes leads PSUPA Flatwater Level 1 Certification for private groups and individuals. Now booking for Spring/Summer 2024. The certification covers the technique and teaching skills needed to lead SUP classes confidently and safely. The curriculum emphasizes water safety, leadership, and teaching risk management and rescue procedures. This certification course is designed for convenience, offering a hybrid learning model that includes: self-paced online coursework and an in-person water practicum with Carleen in Severna Park, MD. Online Course: • Comprehensive digital manual & video content • Learn at your own pace • Complete the online exam from home • Only one travel day • Refer back to the course anytime to stay fresh on material Water Training Day: • Water safety - emergency preparedness and rescue techniques • Understanding of weather and conditions • On-water group management and communication • How to teach the basic elements of stand up paddling • Approach and considerations of teaching students of varying ages, abilities, skill levels, and limitations • Lesson formats and preparation • Refining your own paddle stroke and maneuvering technique • SUP gear and equipment overview Certification is awarded upon completing the course. This includes passing the online test and achieving a satisfactory evaluation of your teaching, leadership skills and attention to safety. Below are the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATION: • Participants join PSUPA membership prior to attending the cert. Annual fee $85 • Participants must have a current hands-on (ie., not online-based) First Aid/CPR certification or Wilderness First Aid or Lifeguard Training prior to water training. • Participants must take online exam after certification course. Test fee $40. • Participants must wear USCG approved buoyant PFD for water training. • Paddleboard is not included in the course fee. Inquire for rental rates. Online coursework: Complete at your own pace from your homebase On the Water Training: Severna Park, Maryland Book your entrance into the program here, then email Carleen at to schedule your water training date and receive your online payment link. Once paid, you will be given access to the online course.

Cancellation Policy

Please email Carleen at to schedule your water training date. All bookings final. If you need to reschedule your water training date, at least two weeks notice must be given. Water trainings will take place in rain and wind, please plan and prepare accordingly.

Contact Details

739 Dividing Road, Severna Park, MD, USA

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