Take your Paddleboard Yoga practice further with Paddleboard YOGA Teacher Training in Sarasota, Florida in 2017!
Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training: March 31-April 2, 2017: Book Now!
March 30: Optional Paddleboard Skills Workshop, Click here for more information.
May 5-7th, 2017: Book Now!
May 4th: Optional Paddleboard Skills Workshop, Click here for more information.
The SURFit Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training combines the best of yoga teacher training, waterman skills training and the experience of a Paddleboard Yoga professional for the best Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training program you can find.
You will not find a better, more comprehensive Paddleboard Yoga training.
During this three day course students will learn the basics of stand up paddleboarding, paddleboard safety, ocean safety, how to guide a paddleboard yoga class and how to build a yoga studio on the water.
Students will receive ASI (Academy of Surf Instructors) training on paddleboard rescue and basic paddleboarding skills.
Optional One Day Paddle Skills Workshop:
Over the years, we have found that many paddleboard yoga teacher trainees can use a bit more practice on the paddleboard before the yoga teacher training begins. To help with this, and to show off our beautiful waterways, we are also offering a one day paddleboard skills workshop to participants who would like a bit more experience. This class is on March 30th and includes 5 hours of extra training on paddling technique, paddling practice and evaluation. The price includes all equipment and a ASI trained coach. This workshop will be fun and a great way to kick off the weekend. To book the paddleboard skills workshop, click here.
Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training:
During this three day course students will learn:
- Basics of stand up paddleboarding–including proper paddling technique, turning, navigating when conditions are rough, paddling through waves and more. All instruction taught within ASI guidelines, by certified ASI trainers.
- Water Safety: Understanding how to read the weather–including waves, currents, winds, and basic rescue techniques.
- Paddleboard Equipment: How paddleboards work, what they are made of and how to choose and use the correct boards for yoga. Also, what gear is needed and legally required, what gear an instructor should always carry and how to use it.
- How to guide a Paddleboard Yoga class: Yoga Sequencing on water: Sequences developed specifically for SUP Yoga with poses that are uniquely adapted to use the paddle, board and water to enhance and elevate the experience of the practice. Every student will have a chance to practice poses and lead a class.
- How to create a Paddleboard yoga studio: Learn to assess your environment whether it be a lake, ocean, marina, river or pool; how to negotiate with public and private property, permits, parking and water access, to natural conditions and what kind of gear to use to anchor students and instructors to create a successful SUP yoga practice.
- How to create a successful Paddleboard Yoga business: This aspect of the weekend will provide information on pricing classes, marketing, and partnering with yoga studios and board rental shops, creating an online presence including booking classes and registration, taking payments onsite, liability insurance and waivers, using social media and more. We will talk a bit about our experience with paddleboard yoga retreats and travel.
Students will receive 20 Yoga Alliance continuing education credits upon completion of the course.
This teacher training is a collaboration between SURFit USA, paddleboard and surf experts,; Reflex Arts, the premiere yoga teacher training school in Southwest Florida, and Janice Baxter, a yogi with over 30 years of yoga experience and the head SUP yoga teacher and trainer for SURFit USA.
The course is taught on Lido Key in Sarasota and utilizes the beautiful Sarasota Bay, the Lido Beach Mangrove tunnels and Lido Beach.
Cost is $675 per person and is limited to ten students per session. The cost includes ASI SUP Wise and ASI SUP Rescue certifications as well as SURFIT USA SUP Yoga Teacher Training.
Stay for your ASI Paddleboard Instructor Training!
Feel like staying longer to get your ASI Level 1 and ASI Level 2 paddleboard instructor certifications? We will be offering this in the days following the yoga teacher training. To sign up for the ASI Certifications, click here. Dates for these training:
ASI Level 1 Instructor: April 3-4
ASI Level 2 Instructor: April 5
ASI Level 1 Instructor: May 8-9
ASI Level 2 Instructor: May 10
TO BOOK THE ASI TRAININGS, YOU MUST BOOK THROUGH THE ASI WEBSITE (link coming soon).
Thursday 12-5pm: Optional Paddle Skills Workshop: 5 hour workshop with Aaron Pollard, ASI Trainer on paddleboard skills and technique, practice and evaluation. If you feel you need more time on a board, this class would be a great way to start the weekend training. Cost: $85 per person, includes equipment
PADDLEBOARD YOGA TEACHER TRAINING:
Friday 8-5 pm: Meet and Greet, Agenda for Weekend, Paddleboard Yoga Classes and Demonstrations, Planning Classes, Paddleboard Yoga Practice
Saturday: 8-5 : Paddleboard Yoga Classes and Demonstrations, Planning Classes, Paddleboard Yoga Practice, Business and Marketing Aspects.
Sunday 8-5: ASI Paddleboard Rescue Class, ASI SUP Wise Training, Paddleboard Yoga Graduation
——-NON-MANDATORY SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING——-
Monday: ASI Level 1 Instructor Training (optional two day class)-Book ASI training here (link coming soon).
Tuesday: ASI Level 1 Instructor Training, day 2-Book ASI training here (link coming soon).
Wednesday: ASI Level 2 (exposed waters) Instructor Training-Book ASI training here (link coming soon).
Where to stay?
For those of you travelling from out of town, we recommend staying at the Lido Beach Resort–It is on the water on Lido Beach and about a 1/2 mile walk from the Paddleboard Yoga teacher training site.
To receive certifications students must:
- have at least their 200 RYT (or be working towards it). Students who do not have their 200 RYT may participate in the weekend of Paddleboard yoga immersion but will not receive official certification until their 200 hours is completed.
- be CPR and First Aid Certified (or planning to get certified)
More details about the program:
This Paddleboard Yoga Certification Program combines the best of yoga teacher training, waterman skills training and the experience of a Paddleboard Yoga professional for the best Paddleboard Yoga Certification program you can find. You will not find a better, more comprehensive SUP Yoga Certification!
Aaron Pollard, ASI Trainer, Paddleboard Instructor, Surfer: Aaron grew up in Hawaii and has only been on the mainland for about 8 years. He is a Hawaii boy through and through with a love for the ocean and all related activities. He is the co-owner of SURFit USA and has led paddleboard adventures tours down the Na Pali Coast of Kauai, the rivers of Kauai and through the beauty of Alaska, and Florida. He has trained over 1,000 youth paddlers and has paddled with tens of thousands of people on our local tours and adventures. He is an avid surfer and loves raw fish.
Janice Baxter has taught Yoga and Meditation for over 40 years and has been in the water since she was a young child. For 36 years she lived in Hawaii and swam, competed in outrigger canoes, was a lifeguard, diver, kayaker and still body boards. Combining yoga and stand up paddleboarding was a perfect combination of her two life loves–yoga and the ocean. Janice Baxter has been the head Paddleboard yoga instructor for SURFit USA and co-author of the SURFit Paddleboard Yoga Certification Program manual.
Tiffany Gore started practicing yoga more than 15 years ago and has both a 200 hour certificate in Vinyasa Flow and 500 hours in Hatha Yoga. She finds great healing and yoga through yoga and loves to teach. Tiffany has taught all over the USA and in Portugal. She is a mother of two, a nature lover and a gypsy.
SURFit USA, founded by waterman, Aaron Pollard and his wife, Karla Gore, is a stand up paddleboard/surf company that offers lessons, tours, training, children’s programs, Paddleboard Yoga, and worldwide adventure tours. Although based in Sarasota, their programs take them all over the world spreading their passion for stand up paddleboarding and surfing. SURFit USA promotes the waterman lifestyle for everyone to embrace. For more information on SURFit USA and their programs or to register for the teacher training, visit www.surfitusa.com
Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI) is the ASI is the world’s leading professional membership training, education and accreditation organization, catering for career instructors and commercial school operators in the adventure sports industry of surfing, stand up paddle and bodyboarding activities. With offices in Australia, UK, USA, Bali and the Philippines, ASI accreditation sets the international standard. It is the mark of high professional competence recognized and sought after by employers and the general public
Heartwood Yoga is the premier yoga teacher’s training studio in Southwest Florida. Heartwood Yoga is an RYS-200, RYS-500 & RCYS, qualified to offer Yoga Alliance Certification courses in yoga teacher training at the 200 and 500 level and Children’s Yoga. They also offer specialized courses in Chair Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Reiki, and other special skills.
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