Following this training, you will obtain your Paddle Canada instructor certificate: “Instructor River 1”.

This instructor course is designed for those who want to specialize in whitewater SUP instruction and who have a strong technical background in the river. You’ll learn how to teach river safety: how to fall into the water safely, how to get back on the board, leash use, signals and obstacles in the river and rescue with a rope bag. You’ll learn how to teach paddling notions: different ways of paddling in the river, foot position, exiting and re-entering currents, the front ferry and surfing. We’ll also cover the basics of clothing, safety equipment and river reading in a fast-paced training environment. This course provides the theory and skills to teach river paddling on Class I sections.


*Certification may be conditional on successful completion of training and final examination.


  • Current affiliation with Paddle Canada
  • Certification of skills SUP River 2 Practitioner or equivalent experience
  • Paddle Canada’s Advanced SUP Instructor certification in calm waters
  • Up-to-date certification in basic first aid with CPR (14 to 16 hours)
  • Appropriate Swift Water Rescue (SWR) training is recommended.
  • Experience beyond the Pratiquant Rivière 1 course
  • A passion for teaching.

Advanced level

Age 18 +

KSF LaSalle - Large calm-water pool

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. / 2 days

6 people / 1 trainer

Must be at least 18 years old.



Add $99.99 + taxes for annual membership to Paddle Canada.


Teaching aids

Board and paddle

Life Jacket

Helmet if necessary

Not included Wetsuit and neoprene booties. Available without reservation for rental or sale. If you have any questions, please consult our FAQ.


Hugo Lavictoire

Senior Trainer Paddle Canada

Hugo is a leader in the world of SUP and whitewater in Quebec. He has been teaching in the nautical field since 1990. He has been an instructor trainer for Paddle Canada since 2011 at KSF, a school widely recognized as a pioneer of SUP in Quebec. KSF has received several awards and is accredited by Aventure Écotourisme Québec for safety and ecotourism. Involved with Paddle Canada, he is also an Instructor Trainer (IT) in Basic, Advanced, River 1 and River 2 calm water, and helps organize Paddle Canada’s Roll Outs in Quebec.

Pierre-Philippe Loiselle

Paddle Canada instructor and trainer

Pierre-Philippe has been a SUP instructor at KSF since 2012. Physical education teacher, experienced surfer and paddler in calm water, white water and the sea; he takes part in several races. Since 2017, he has been teaching Paddle Canada instructor training in collaboration with Hugo Lavictoire. Now certified as an advanced calm water trainer since 2018 and still a whitewater instructor by Paddle Canada, he continues to pass on his passion and knowledge to paddle surfing enthusiasts in Quebec.

Louis-Philippe Beaudoin

Paddle Canada instructor and trainer

Louis-Philippe has been a SUP instructor at KSF since 2017. A physical education teacher and surfer, paddleboarding quickly became his new passion. Louis-Philippe then decided to become a SUP instructor; an assistant trainer since 2020, he was officially accredited in 2022. Trained by Hugo Lavictoire and Pierre-Philippe Loiselle, he has since trained several cohorts. A strong paddler, he is already moving towards river training.

Laurence Coulombe

Paddle Canada instructor and trainer

Laurence has been a SUP instructor at KSF since 2018. A physical education teacher with a passion for the outdoors and animation, she has a highly personalized approach to teaching. Laurence, who is developing her paddleboarding skills from season to season, has decided to take on the role of assistant trainer in order to add her color to the KSF Pagaie Canada program. We’re delighted to have her on our training team.