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As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, paddleboarding is a popular activity among water sports enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. As such, the World Paddle Association (WPA) is seeking out new instructors looking to teach this exciting new sport to beginners and are currently accepting applications. Upon approval, the WPA will determine potential certification levels on a case-by-case basis.
The WPA website states that their Instruction Board will review each application before selecting the best-qualified applicants for instructor positions. The website also states the following regarding WPA training and instruction:
“The WPA Class I course and higher levels require the attendees to have prior instructor experience and to give an instructor the best practices in the sport of stand-up paddling and to pass on to your future lesson plans as listed with class curriculum outline.”
In order to be a certified instructor, approved applicants will need to complete at least Class I training. Successful applicants will be able to apply for Class II instructor or Class II Teaching instructor certification after one year as a Class I instructor.
The WPA is looking for applicants with background experience and credentials in the following areas:
Water sports – as an instructor or competitor
Coaching – all water sports as well as additional sports with relevance
Knowledge of water in general (i.e., oceans, white water, surf, etc.)
Public safety – fire, police, EMT, etc.
Water safety – harbour patrol, boating safety, lifeguard, etc.
In addition to skills and practical experience, applicants should also list any and all achievements related to water sports and other sports with relevance. In essence, the WPA wants to know everything the applicant brings to the table.
Applying for Training
Applications are made available through the WPA website and should be submitted directly to the organisation. Approved applicants will be notified by e-mail and will be given a schedule of training courses. Each approved applicant will have to confirm with the WPA the classes they plan to attend. A 50% deposit of the total course fee will also be required in order to secure a spot. Deposits are not refundable, but they can be applied to future courses if an applicant confirms a class but is then unable to attend.
Applicants should note that class instructors may have their own policies relating to cancellations and rescheduling. Instructors might be willing to reschedule course dates to accommodate students, but administrative fees may be attached. The WPA itself will do everything in its power to make sure courses are conducted as originally planned.
If you are a paddleboarder with the right kind of experience and credentials, you could become a WPA-certified instructor. This is an excellent opportunity to not only to use your skills and knowledge to help others but also to promote the sport of paddleboarding among people of all ages. Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and one that offers the opportunity to get out on the water in a way that’s not replicated by any other water sport.