Become a WPA Certified Class 1 Instructor

Become a WPA Certified Class 1 Instructor

Here is your chance to get World Paddle Association (WPA) certified as a Class 1 Instructor!

WPA Master Instructor & YOLO Team Coach Gary Wise will be holding a WPA Certification Class March 12, 2016, at YOLO Board + Beach, 11610 US Hwy 98 W, Miramar Beach FL 32550 from 9 a.m – 3 p.m.

The WPA Water Safety curriculum includes classroom and on water instruction as part of the water safety education classes that includes:

  • Board and Equipment Purchasing
  • SUP Etiquette
  • Safety Planning
  • Injury Prevention
  • Water Dynamics
  • Boating Laws
  • Board & Paddling Skills
  • Rescue techniques
  • Water Safety information

All instructors who complete a World Paddle Association Water Safety class are also required to complete the following criteria to satisfy the certification requirements. An instructor may attend a WPA Water Safety class if they have not met the following CPR/First aid and insurance criteria, however will not receive their certificate until all requirements are met:

• CPR/First Aid certificate (class format through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
• Liability insurance coverage (we will send you information with lower insurance rates only available for WPA instructors)
• $75 per year to maintain WPA instructor certificate (first year’s fee is included in the $295 class fee)
• 80% on certification exam

• Marketing: instructors will be posted by level and region on the WPA website
• Insurance: discounted rates for individual and group insurance
• Backed by a structured organization with the WPA and the WPA Board of Instructors
• Updates with curriculum supplied to all WPA instructors

All candidates wishing to attend this class must complete the attached application and email it to Gary Wise at [email protected] no later thanMarch 5, 2016 or mail it with a deposit check for $150 made out to Gary Wise to 209 Chase Run, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.

If for some reason you have to cancel and cannot attend you will not lose your deposit. We will apply your deposit to the next WPA class that you can attend.

All instructors attending must adhere to the guidelines set forward by the WPA with information posted below and on

Please note that along with your credentials that you have submitted on your application you MUST be able to maneuver and paddle a board in a confident and comfortable fashion. The WPA classes are tailored to the sport of stand up paddling. Your certification will be delayed and withheld if the instructor(s) feel that your skill level is not up the standards needed to teach lessons as a WPA Instructor.

We look forward to providing the best practices with stand up paddleboard water safety education to pass on for your future lesson plans and staff. Feel free to contact Gary if you need any additional information at [email protected].

Download the Instructor Certification Application here.


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