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Get PaddleFit Certified (Click on arrow for details)

The mission of the PaddleFit Coaching System is to create the best coaches that SUP has to offer by providing a challenging, fun and informative educational environment that trains and graduates PaddleFit coaches. As a PaddleFit coach you will provide a fun and safe SUP coaching experience for your clients. Our educational program will guide you in ways of PaddleFit and give you the tools to become the best PaddleFit coach that you can to be, whether that is teaching basic lessons and offering rentals, teaching SUP technique and fitness classes or coaching the next generation of elite athletes. From PaddleFit Core through PaddleFit Pro, our focus will start off with water safety and progress towards advanced coaching and fitness concepts. Along the way we will introduce you to each of our classes from PaddleFit Basic which is an introduction to SUP class to our PaddleFit fitness and training classes. We will also teach you the PaddleFit Technique Screen™ which is our stroke analysis program that will get your clients paddling with proper biomechanics and efficiency. Our team is dedicated to providing you with a tested system that you can learn and implement in your area. PaddleFit is also an educational provider for the top fitness certification body, so you will be able to earn Continuing Educational Credits (CEC's) from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

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PaddleFit Core

PaddleFit Level 1 and Level 2 has evolved into PaddleFit Core. The definition of core: an essential and foundational part; a basic, essential enduring part. That definition is what PaddleFit Core represents: the essential and foundational elements of the PaddleFit coaching system. Our new certification model will reflect our commitment to being the best and providing an outstanding educational experience for our incoming coaches. By combining Level 1 and 2 into a comprehensive 2 day course will we be taking the necessary steps in raising the PaddleFit standard and creating an atmosphere and educational model to produce the best coaches. We are elevating the PaddleFit standards so this is not going to only be a name change. While most of the main components from Level 1 and 2 will be similar, PaddleFit Core will be a new, comprehensive 2 day experience. PaddleFit Core summary: • 2 day course • Day 1 will be an interactive teaching format with 20 to 30 videos, discussions and presentations • Day 2 will be on the water and involve both skill assessments and practical teaching sessions • Course will conclude with a comprehensive written exam as well as practical skill assessment • Full technique and physical assessment will be performed • Coaches will be introduced to the PaddleFit Technique Screen™ which is a technique assessment tool

Topics:

  • Introduction to PaddleFit coaching system
  • Comprehensive water safety and rescue
  • Coaching philosophy
  • Industry knowledge
  • SUP fundamentals
  • Group dynamics
  • Foundational SUP fitness concepts
  • Interactive, dynamic classroom setting
  • Extensive written exam
  • Skill practical exam
  • Comprehensive physical and technique assessment

Prerequisites:

  • Intermediate paddling skills or better (paddle straight, control the board, comfortable in varying conditions)
  • Complete pre-course worksheet to be distributed after registration
  • Effective communicator to be able to lead small groups

2 Day Course Investment

$449.00 USD

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PaddleFit Pro

PaddleFit Level 3 has evolved into PaddleFit Pro. The definition of pro: an expert that exemplifies great skill at his/her work and serves as a teacher, competitor or consultant. That definition establishes what type of individual that we are aiming to facilitate the development of through PaddleFit Pro. PaddleFit Pro is a comprehensive two day course that is going to challenge you both physically and mentally. Our goal is to have you understand and exhibit the attributes of a professional PaddleFit coach such as advanced technique, progressive training knowledge and advanced water skills. Taking what you learned in PaddleFit Core we are going to expand upon these topics and break them down to the expert level. Just like PaddleFit Core this is not going to be only a name change from Level 3. While many of the components from PaddleFit Level 3 will be included , PaddleFit Core is a full emersion into the PaddleFit system. PaddleFit Pro summary: • 2 day course • Advanced fitness and training concepts • Advanced technique teaching progression • Both days will be a mixture of interactive presentations as well as skill assessments and practical teaching sessions • Advanced physical testing and technique assessments including the PaddleFit Technique Screen™ • Course will conclude with a comprehensive written exam as well as practical skill assessment

Topics:

  • Intermediate to advanced SUP coaching concepts
  • Intermediate to advanced SUP fitness and training concepts
  • SUP skills assessment
  • Fitness assessment
  • Fitness and training program development
  • Interactive classroom presentations
  • Comprehensive physical and technique assessment
  • Extensive written exam
  • Skill practical exam

Prerequisites:

  • Complete PaddleFit Core
  • Be current with PaddleFit certification

2 Day Course investment

$549.00 USD

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Frequently Asked Questions (Click on arrow for details)

Where did Level 1, 2 and 3 go and what is PaddleFit Core and Pro?

Our elite team of certification coaches has one goal in mind, to provide the highest quality learning experience possible. Since this is our goal we are always striving to evolve and progress towards the future. We recently reconfigured PaddleFit Level 1, 2 and 3 to our new certification program that has two courses called PaddleFit Core and PaddleFit Pro. Each course is 2 days in length and build upon each other. If you have further questions please contact us. More info: http://blog.paddlefitpro.com/post/134140565168/the-evolution-is-here

Where do you host the certification classes?

PaddleFit places a high priority on the quality of our certification experience. We have specific regional locations that provide the necessary infrastructure to provide a great experience and to facilitate an outstanding course. We understand that a majority of our coaches will travel to the certification location so we place a high priority on accessibility to airports and accommodations to make your travel as convenient as possible.

I filled out the form but I didn't pay, I am still signed up for the course right?

No, you will need to make the payment during the sign up process. If you did not make the payment during the sign up process, your spot will not be secure.  The reason that we do this is that most classes sell out and we want to make sure that every spot is available and filled.  Asking for payment during the sign up process allows you to secure your spot in advance so that you can enjoy the experience.

How much SUP experience should I have before taking the certification courses?

One thing that we have learned is that time is not an indicator of SUP skills so we do not have a prerequisite amount of time that you need to have paddled. For example: we have had students take the course who have been paddling for several years that had a very low skill level and had developed bad habits and we have also had people who have paddled less than 6 months have a very high skill level. Our approach is a standard set of requirements that everyone must pass regardless of amount of time paddling. We have both written and practical skill tests that need to be passed in order to fulfill the requirements to become a PaddleFit certified coach. We believe that this is the most objective way to test and we don't necessarily care how long you have been paddling as long as you pass all of the tests and fulfill all of the requirements.

Do you provide equipment for the certification classes?

We highly encourage you to bring your own equipment. We understand that you might be traveling to come to the class so we have partners at each location that you can rent equipment. It will be up to you to contact our partner to secure and pay for your rental in advance on the course.

If I bring a few people, do you offer discounts?

The short answer is no. Our fees are based on the proprietary information that you will learn as well as the limited number of coaches allowed in each course. Our goal is to provide you the best educational experience possible by having the best coaches teach the certification. We believe that you will make your money back several fold from the knowledge gained and the experience of the class as well as the added value and opportunities that you can access throughout your PaddleFit coaching career.

What do I wear for the class?

The conditions will vary from course to course. We recommend that you wear what you would normally wear when you paddle. We also recommend that you prepare for water conditions that may be colder or hotter than what you are used to. So in some courses that take place in cold water we recommend that you bring a wetsuit as you will be getting in the water during the course.

Is lunch provided for the class?

PaddleFit does not provide lunch. We will break for an hour each day for lunch and all classes have restaurants nearby or you are also welcome to bring your own food.

How do we know if the class is sold out or not?

Our sign up process is automated online.  When we reach maximum capacity in our classes the "Sign Up" button will switch over to "Sold Out" and you can no longer click on it.  Our classes typically sell out about a month in advance so if you know what class you want to attend make sure you sign up as soon as you can.

Do you offer private certifications?

Yes we do provide private certifications.  Please contact us at getcertified@paddlefitpro.com to ask for details.

Do you have recommendations for accommodations?

Each location will have a recommended hotel that will be close to where the course is being held. All accommodations must be reserved and paid for by you the coach.

What is PaddleFit's cancellation policy?

PaddleFit has the highest commitment to quality courses with small instructor to student ratios, we book our instructors in advance and are unable to issue refunds for cancellations on the course. However, we can reschedule your course date with administration fees as follows:

More than 14 days notice: you can move to another course location and/or date with only a $75 administration fee.
Less than 14 days notice: you can move to another course location and/or date with an administration fee of 25% of the total course cost.
7 days notice: you can move to another course location and/or date with an administration fee of 50% of the total course cost.
Less then 7 days notice or no notice; you forfeit your entire course fee.

PaddleFit Certification Cancellations
PaddleFit will do everything possible to avoid having to cancel or postpone our courses. There are a few times when this will be unavoidable.

Weather postponements: if a course date needs to be cancelled or postponed due to poor weather then we will reschedule the course at a later date.
Insufficient attendance: PaddleFit reserves the right to cancel and reschedule any course date if there are less than 4 students registered.

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PaddleFit Core

Space is limited. Class registration closes 1 week prior to course. Price is for tuition only, equipment is not provided. For equipment rentals please contact Accommodation recommendations: Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville - Turkey Creek. Map displays exact location of course which is Concord Marina

When: August 6th - 7th, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: Knoxville, TN

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PaddleFit Performance

Welcome to the most advanced SUP training experience in the world. PaddleFit and EXOS are proud to announce a joint effort in producing a 4 day intensive educational experience. EXOS lends their vast experience in coaching professional athletes to the PaddleFit system to create an unbelievable opportunity.

When: September 26th - 29th, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: San Diego, CA

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PaddleFit Core

Space is limited. Class registration closes 1 week prior to course. Price is for tuition only, equipment is not provided. For equipment rentals please contact Anna Maslovskaya at anna@supergym.nu or tel:+46736344084 Accommodation recommendations: Please contact Anna at anna@supergym.nu Map displays exact location of course, which is Café Fontaine, Vattentorget 1, 35234 VÄXJÖ www.cafefontaine.se

When: October 15th-16th, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: Vaxjo, Sweden

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PaddleFit Core

Space is limited. Class registration closes 1 week prior to course. Price is for tuition only, equipment is not provided. For equipment rentals please contact Jupiter Paddleboarding at 561-427-0240 Accommodation recommendations: Best Western Intercostal Inn. Map displays exact location of course.

When: October 22nd - 23rd, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: Jupiter, FL

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PaddleFit Core

Space is limited. Class registration closes 1 week prior to course. Price is for tuition only, equipment is not provided. For equipment rentals please contact Arturo at delbustoarturo@gmail.com or 507 69987130 Accommodation recommendations: The Westin Playa Bonita Panama - http://www.westinplayabonita.com Map displays exact location of course, which is the Pearl Club at The Westin Residences

When: November 19th-20th, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: Panama City, Panama

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PaddleFit Pro

Space is limited. Class registration closes 1 week prior to course. Price is for tuition only, equipment is not provided. For equipment rentals please contact Arturo at delbustoarturo@gmail.com or 507 69987130 Accommodation recommendations: The Westin Playa Bonita Panama - http://www.westinplayabonita.com Map displays exact location of course, which is the Pearl Club at The Westin Residences

When: November 26th-27th, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Where: Panama City, Panama