This course provides students with hands-on experiences in stand-up paddleboard (SUP) water sports, especially as they apply to a Hawaiian ocean environment. Students will be given an introduction and description of (SUP) water sports as a modern recreational activity, learn the history and development of SUP water sports in Hawaii, and discuss safety issues with SUP water sports in Hawaiian ocean waters. Also covered are customary practices and sport etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, competitive sporting events, and commercial and tourism aspects of SUP watersports.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Display an understanding of the history and development of SUP sports and activities.
2. Increase water safety skills and knowledge.
3. Show an understanding of the equipment design, function and maintenance of the various stand-up paddle vessels.
4. Apply the customary practices and sports etiquette as they relate to SUP water sports and activities.
5. Identify environmental and cultural issues as they relate to SUP water sports and activities.
6. Recognize the business, commercial and tourism, and competitive sporting events aspects.
Participants must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes, and treading water for 5 minutes in the open ocean.
Participants must also have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Stand-Up Paddle Technician from Windward Community College.