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Breaking Down Skill Levels For Flat-Water Bodies in Alberta
You have never been on a stand up paddle board (SUP) before and/or never stood up while paddling. You display a fear of falling in the water but have a strong desire to overcome & enjoy SUP with friends & family!
SUP for the first time in ideal conditions. This means, little to no wind, water is calm & the temperature is warm enough to get in. The skill level req'd at Alberta Lakes is ultimately weather dependant.
You have limited SUP experience and/or never had a formal SUP lesson. You are comfortable standing up to paddle with (or without) proper technique. You have ambition to advance your skills to SUP independently.
Choose a time & location when the water is calm & temperatures are manageable. You should never SUP anywhere that you are not prepared to get into the water nor should you SUP alone at this stage.
You have previously taken a SUP lesson for basic skills through a certified WPA, (myself), or Paddle Canada Instructor. You display the ability to perform basic paddle strokes, rescue & are aware of safety protocols.
Comfortable on flat water & ready to challenge yourself in the Rocky Mountains! Prepared to practice in windy conditions with unexpected gusts & choppy waters, with the support of an advanced paddler or Instructor.
You have taken formal SUP Lessons for both Basic & Advanced skills through a certified WPA (myself) or a Paddle Canada Instructor. You have the skills & safety knowledge required to paddle on alpine lakes.
You can safely control your board in windy conditions up to 15km/hr with choppy waters & are prepared for sudden gusts much stronger while on glacier-fed alpine lakes with near freezing water temperatures.
Racer - Beginner
You have taken SUP Lessons for Basic (& preferably Advanced) skills through a certified WPA (myself) or a Paddle Canada Instructor. You have the desire & ambition to start training for your first SUP race!
You wish to build the core & shoulder strength required to progress into SUP racing. Training will include paddling in different types of water & weather conditions & incorporate specialized Yoga for SUP.
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