WPA Instruction Certification Class Levels

The WPA provides four levels of certified water/safety instruction. Each level requires the appropriate experience listed and can be tailored to the instructor’s credentials, typical instructional environment, and needs within the stand up paddling community.

Class I

Certified to give lessons to instruct paddlers as a WPA Certified Instructor.

Fee: $295.00  ($75.00 yearly fee included the first year)

5 hours of class/water instruction, 80% on class examination.

Yearly Instructor  fee:  $75.00  (required to maintain instructor status)

Instructor requirements: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 18 years of age and a minimum of 2 years of instructor experience.

Please go to the posting of Class II Teaching instructors on the “Instructors list” with each instructor listed by state.  Feel free to contact the Class II Teaching instructor of your choice to inquire about any upcoming classes or look for class dates posted on the WPA website and facebook.

Requirements for higher levels of WPA certification

Class II

Requirements- a Class I instructor may petition to become a Class II instructor after one year as a Class I instructor with WPA .

Fee: $95.00

Online exam (available 10/15/13) or in class exam, 80% on Class II examination, with five qualified references.

Yearly Instructor  fee:  $75.00

Instructor requirements: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 19 years of age, minimum of 3 years of instruction experience.

Class II Teaching Instructor

Requirements- a Class I instructor may petition to become a Class II Teaching instructor after one year as a Class I instructor with the WPA and have been a teaching instructor the similar level or higher in stand up paddling or similar sport.  The instructor must exhibit the ability to instruct a class and clearly explain the Class I curriculum.

Fee: $195.00

2 hours of class instruction, 80% on Class II Teaching examination, with five qualified references.

Yearly Instructor  fee:  $75.00

Instructor requirements: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 20 years of age, minimum of 4 years of instruction experience.

Class III

Requirements- WPA Class II Teaching  instructor, 3 years as a WPA instructor (no lapse in yearly fees), specialized water safety training in one or more of the following areas: swift water rescue, white water, surf, able to write a training and workout program and have event coordination experience.

Fee: $395.00

Qualified to certify Class I & II instructors.

6-7 hours of class/water instruction, 80% on class examination and ten qualified references.

Yearly Instructor  fee:  $75.00

Instructor requirements: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 21 years of age, 8 years of instruction experience

Master Class I

WPA Class III certification, multiple specialized water safety training and able to write a safety examination.  A WPA Class III instructor may petition to become a Master Class I instructor two years from the date of completing their Class III certification class.

Fee: $295.00

Qualified to certify Class I, II & III instructors.

5 hours of class/water instruction, 80% on class examination and ten qualified references.

Yearly Instructor  fee:  $75.00

Instructor requirements: First Aid and CPR certification, water sports liability insurance, 10 years of instruction experience.

Complete the instructor application located on the “Instruction” tab for the proper level of instruction given your experience and or to apply for a higher level if you are currently a WPA certified instructor in good standing.

If you have any questions regarding WPA certifications please e-mail us at info@worldpaddleassociation.com.

 

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