About Scotian SUP
Founded in 2015, Scotian SUP was established by local water enthusiast Alex Chandler. His vision? To help people of all abilities and levels of experience get involved in the amazing sport of Stand Up Paddleboading (SUP).
Scotian SUP provides Paddle Canada certified instruction in a friendly and engaging manner. We provide courses for first time paddlers through to established paddlers aiming to improve or diversify their skills. Our Paddle Canada courses include:
You can register for one of our scheduled classes or arrange a private class, ideal for friends, families or corporate team building events.
Contact us to book a Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson, design a custom clinic for your group, or discuss touring options.
About Alex Chandler
Alex strives to be a diverse and multi-skilled ocean athlete - able to maximize what Mother Nature throws his way. Beginning in 2008, SUP became a natural progression to his long history in windsurfing, shortboard and longboard surfing, kitesurfing, canoeing, and kayaking; SUP draws on elements of each sport to provide complete accessibility for almost every weather condition. Twelve months a year, you will find Alex enjoying what SUP has to offer, from glassy morning solo paddles, ocean adventures amongst our coastal islands, to performance SUP surfing on our secret and not-so-secret surf breaks.
Professionally, Alex works as a Recreation Therapist at the IWK Hospital where he helps youth navigate mental health and addiction challenges through recreation and leisure. Drawing on over 15 years of teaching and group facilitation skills, Alex is able to provide SUP clinics for entry to intermediate level paddlers in an environment that is safe and empowering.
With a passion for personal development, Alex continues to expand his own skills within the sport of SUP and is excited to connect and share his experience with others.
-Director of SUP - Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
-Atlantic Canada Representative with the Paddle Canada Professional Development Committee
-Volunteer/beach safety lead for Life Rolls On Martinique Beach Nova Scotia
-Boardworks Surf team ambassador
-Maritime Surf Company SUP ambassador
"If you are going to SUP it's best to learn how to do it properly! Alex is a great teacher, made us feel at ease and it was evident the local expert. My 67 yr old Dad was up and paddling in 5 minutes. He felt confident and fell in love with SUP. Alex helped me refine my stroke. Really - a competent paddler who can teach any skill level! We are both coming back for another adventure and next time more friends!" Top notch and first class instructor!"
"Alex organized a great team building event for our team of 8 today. No one on the team had tried this before. Some people were nervous on the water, some people didn't sleep the night before but everyone was excited to give it a try...No one thought they'd get from kneeling to standing but with support from Alex people surprised themselves! Usually team building events revolve around food and drink but this set the bar a lot higher. We will definitely be doing this again!"