Paddleboard Instructor Certification


Professional Standup Paddle Association (PSUPA)

SurfSUP Adventures is proud to provide SUP Instructor Certifications through the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA). This internationally recognized program is beneficial for independent SUP instructors, summer camp staff, paddlesport business owners, and anyone looking to deepen their standup paddleboarding skillset and group leading abilities. You can find scheduled trainings below or contact Ian at: 724-989-7259 or to inquire about setting up your certification.

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  • Moraine State Park

  • Oakmont

  • Pittsburgh

  • Johnstown

  • We come to you! Call to request.

SUP Instructor Training


  • PSUPA Flatwater 1

  • PSUPA Fundamentals 1 (single-day)

  • PSUPA River SUP 1

  • Camp SUP Basic Skills and Safety

  • River SUP Certification (whitewater)

  • Water Safety Course

Paddleboarding Group Lesson

Who's it for?

  • SUP Instructors

  • Paddlesport Business Owners

  • Girl Scouts / Boy Scout Camps

  • Summer Camp Staff

  • Individuals looking to hone skills

Instructor trainer: Ian Smith 

Ian Smith is a standup paddleboard athlete, guide, and writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work and videos have appeared in the Standup Journal, SUP the Mag, the American Whitewater Journal, The Paddler, Boarders Mag, and more.  In 2011, he founded SurfSUP Adventures based in Pittsburgh.  Ian is also an Instructor Trainer for the Professional Standup Paddle Association (PSUPA) with specialties in flatwater, camp staff, and whitewater certifications.   In addition to teaching, Ian is a team athlete for ULI Boards, Werner Paddles, and NRS.

Ian is also the founder of First Waves, an organization that uses standup paddling, river surfing, and the art of filmmaking as a catalyst to inspire watershed conservation and mentorship for at-risk youth.  In 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh award First Waves as their "Partner of the Year."

To schedule your paddleboard instructor certification, please view upcoming trainings below or contact us using the form to request specific dates!


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T: 724-989-7259