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2-Day Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training Course



"The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the sea."

-Isak Dinesen


SUP Yoga is an amazing practice for developing core strength and balance, and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy nature’s beauty. The JBYoga 18-hour SUP Yoga teacher certification training will prepare you to confidently and safely teach fun and challenging yoga classes on the water. This two-day course is also appropriate for non-teachers and SUP enthusiasts who wish to immerse themselves in the practice for a weekend—amidst the beauty of the Hamptons.  In addition to receiving your JBYoga SUP Yoga teaching certificate, you will also receive your WPA (World Paddle Association) Level 1 Paddle Instructor certificate. We offer Spring, Summer and Fall trainings in the Hamptons, NY.  (see dates below)




Any one who wants to become a better paddler or has a desire to deepen their SUP yoga practice can get certified.


Minimum age to get JBYoga SUP YOGA certified is 18. This is for insurance purposes.

Do I have to have a lot of experience on a SUP or doing yoga?

Not necessarily. You will get the most out of your experience if you have some experience on a paddleboard, however, we have had very ambitious Yoga teachers BRAND NEW to SUP take our certification course and they have been amazing!  We have also had students who are not yet Yoga teachers and are not super experienced Yogis also do great.  As long as the passion is there, that’s all we ask.

Do I need to have my 200-hour yoga training or any other fitness instructor certifications?

No, there are no certifications required as pre-requisites to the JBYoga certification. However, if you want to be a JBYoga SUP YOGA affiliate and begin teaching the JBYoga classes you will need to show proof of having your (or being in the process of getting) your 200hr RYT (registered yoga teacher) through Yoga Alliance.

What exactly does the JBYoga teacher training certification get me?

Once you complete the JBYoga SUP YOGA teacher training, you will have a new depth of knowledge on proper paddle technique, water rescue skills and JBYoga SUP YOGA teacher training manual as well as the WPA manual will be yours to keep and you will also receive 18 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits. Upon successful completion you will also be a World Paddle Association Class 1 SUP instructor.

So, after I get certified I can begin teaching JBYoga classes?

In order to teach the branded JBYoga classes and use the name and class sequence you will need to become a JBYoga affiliate.

What do I need to do to become a JBYoga affiliate?

You need to successfully complete the JBYoga teacher training, submit your 200hr RYT certification, show proof of prior teaching experience, submit your CPR certification and the signed affiliate agreement and statement of interest.

Is there a fee to become a JBYoga affiliate?

Yes, the annual fee to maintain your JBYoga affiliation in 2019 is $125.

What do I get for being a JBYoga Affiliate?

  • Access to monthly JBYoga newsletters

  • Discount pricing for ALL JBYoga trainings and retreats

  • Access to exclusive deals with JBYoga brand partners (Boga Board, Graced BY Grit, The OM Collection, Prism Sport, Werner Paddles, doTERRA, etc)

  • Presence on JBYoga website with a link to your business website

  • Cross Promotion on JBYoga’s social media outlets and e-mail distributions (including one dedicated eblast and FB post announcing your affiliation)

  • Marketing & PR support from JBYoga (with 20 years of experience teaching both Yoga and SUP and running a yoga studio and retreat business)

  • Ability to brand your JBYoga classes with the JBYoga logo and one dedicated eblast and FB post announcing your affiliation)

Once I become a JBYoga affiliate can I begin teaching branded JBYoga classes at my facility immediately?

Yes! As soon as all of your paperwork is submitted you can begin to teach and promote your JBYoga classes.

What should I bring with me to the training?

  • Swimsuit

  • Dri-fit workout gear

  • Yoga mat

  • Beach towel

  • Water bottles- NO plastic please

  • Snacks—We will have a short lunch break so if you need to run out and buy lunch you can, it might be best to bring your own lunch

  • Sunglasses

  • Notebook & pen

  • Sunscreen (Eco-friendly please)

  • Hat

  • At certain trainings, a wetsuit, spring suit, wetsuit top and booties may be needed but ask me first!


This 2-day 18-hour certification course includes:

  • SUP Skills: Forward stroke, turn techniques and maneuvering, board anatomy and handling, launching and landing

  • Beginner SUP: Clear, concise method for instructing a beginner paddle board lesson

  • Safety & Rescue: Lifesaving techniques including flip rescue, active & passive drowning victims. Weather and marine hazards, local knowledge

  • Anchor Systems: Individual and group, including how to make your own anchor line

  • JBYOGA Signature SUP Yoga Sequences from Beginner to Advanced

  • JBYOGA SUP Yoga Manual

  • WPA LEVEL 1 Manual

  • Business of SUP Yoga: Starting your business, insurance, permitting, and defining your brand

  • Equipment provided for duration of training: Boga Yoga Board, Werner ZEN paddle, anchor, and PFD

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be issued both a WPA Level 1/ Class 1 Instructor’s course certification, and a JBYoga SUP Yoga certification.



I have been teaching yoga for the past 22 years and paddling for the last ten. As a SUP pioneer, I was the first woman in the Northeast to begin practicing yoga on a paddleboard. I became WPA certified as a SUP instructor in the spring of 2012, the same year I became a certified stillwater lifeguard (ocean coming soon; I plan to train and take the test this summer). In 2015, I completed the water safety rescue course through the ASI and the ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor course in Englewood, Florida. I love yoga and SUP and am also an avid SUP racer and surfer. I am honored to be an ambassador for the last 6 years for the company Boga—the first board company to make a board specifically for Yoga.  These are the boards you will be paddling and learning sup yoga on. Even if you have no intention of teaching SUP yoga, you’ll learn a ton by immersing yourself more deeply than you could in a standard class. Plus you’ll get to appreciate the ancient practice of Yoga from a new perspective!



Evelyn O’Doherty—SUP instructor, surf instructor, Yoga teacher and SUP racer extraordinaire—will be joining us to offer a two hour stroke clinic to share her years of knowledge and help to hone our skills as paddlers. Evelyn is sponsored by Kialoa Paddles, Starboard SUP, and others and I am honored to be able to include her in this training.




Please plan to arrive either evening before, or the morning of for a 10:00am start time. We will have BOGA boards for your use, so no need to bring your board unless you want to. If you do not have your own paddle and PFD (personal flotation device), we can provide those for you.



We have some limited accommodations in our house for those of you that need a place to stay, which are on a first come, first serve basis at the rate of $125/night.

We recommend having your own transportation while you are here. There are Budget and Enterprise car rentals at the East Hampton Air Port.

From NYC, you can take the Hampton Jitney bus to East Hampton (Reservations are essential), or the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train to East Hampton. This is the cheapest option.



The cost of the SUP Yoga Certification weekend in the Hamptons is $800 for both days. The cost is $450 per day for students who simply wish to immerse themselves in a full day of SUP Yoga, or who need to make up for missing a day on a previous training. You may also opt to take the first day only to receive your WPA Certificate. A non-refundable $400 deposit is required to hold your space, with the balance due four weeks prior to the course date. From four weeks prior to course date the full amount is due when registering. Please sign up using the button below. Please contact me if you prefer to pay by check.



A $400 deposit is required to hold your space and is non-refundable in any event. Cancellations less than 4 weeks before the start date will not receive a refund.