The PSUPA Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course and certification will prepare you to teach as a stand up paddle professional.

You'll also learn how to start a sup yoga business, insurance, waivers, marketing and SEO, permits with city ports and parks, purchasing equipment and setting up events and retreats.

Certification is awarded upon completing the course, passing all tests, and achieving a satisfactory evaluation of your teaching and leadership skills, as well as your attention to safety.

Shaboomee, Colorado

2018 Course Dates



Course Duration: 3-4 days as scheduled with your PSUPA Instructor Trainer.

Course Fees: Certification course fees are set by and paid to your Instructor Trainer. Fees vary per IT, per their location and course duration.  A $75 US annual PSUPA membership fee is also required, and paid to organization prior to taking this course. Join PSUPA.

Class Location: Calm protected flat water. Location determined by your Instructor Trainer.

Minimum Age of Participants: 18 years old.

Carly Hayden of Catalyst Yoga, Everett, WA

Certification Valid for 4 Years: PSUPA certified instructors are required to take a one-day refresher course in their certification every four years to keep their certification valid.


  • Successful completion of Flat Water 1. Disregard if your YTT course includes FW1 certification.
  • Hold current PSUPA membership.
  • Hold current First Aid / CPR certification through a hands-on course.
  • 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher or in training. If in training you will sign a contract stating that you can't offer classes until your yoga teacher training is complete.
  • Two yoga industry professional references.
  • Sign liability form, provided by your Instructor Trainer.
Shaboomee in Colorado

Shaboomee in Colorado

3 Day Curriculum:

Day One: SUP Skills and SUP Yoga Basics

  • Instructor Trainer leads a SUP yoga class
  • Paddling practice, hone paddling technique
  • Increase your speed and efficiency
  • Learn to quickly and efficiently teach the basics of SUP to your SUP yoga students
  • Modifying yoga poses to suit the SUP practice
  • Introduce typical class structure
  • Homework: Write a class to teach the next day

Day Two: Waterways and Yoga Modifications

  • Basics of tidal shifts and other saltwater considerations
  • Discuss typical conditions and dynamics of lakes and pools
  • Anchoring and tethering techniques
  • Each student will practice teaching classmates (including setting anchor)

Carly Hayden of Catalyst Yoga, Everett, WA

Day Three: Business of SUP Yoga

  • Instructor Trainer leads a SUP yoga class
  • Rescues and towing
  • Buying fleet vs. partnering with a SUP rental shop
  • Establishing contracts with city, ports, parks and recreation, school districts, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Sample waiver
  • Marketing and Social Media Presence
  • Events and Retreats
  • Test and certification

Note: Instructor Trainers have the right not to pass students who do not adequately demonstrate teaching skills and have a poor overall evaluation.  If a student who does not pass wants to continue to work toward certification, further training outlined by an Instructor Trainer, at an additional expense to the student, will be required prior to issuing certification.

If you are not an experienced paddler or don’t yet meet the requirements for this certification, please consider taking some basic and advanced SUP classes from our Instructor Trainers or Certified Instructors before pursuing this certification.


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