Starboard SUP Yoga ambassador Dee Opp Yoga and SUPTA are collaborating to offer the first specialised CPD (continual professional development) training in trauma-informed instruction from a paddleboard.
Dee Opp has been practicing and teaching SUP & SUP Yoga since August 2015. She is a Level 1 and Level 2 BSUPA Instructor specialising in trauma-informed yoga therapy on and off a paddleboard. She has a lifetime of experience in the mental health field, which includes a professional career as a board-certified clinical psychiatric pharmacist while living in the states. Now retired, she spends her time focusing on how therapeutic applications of yoga can improve health and wellness in all phases of life. Soon to graduate from the Minded Institute in London, she will be one of the first certified yoga therapists to offer one-to-one yoga therapy sessions on a paddleboard for mental health. When she is not instructing new paddlers on the River Thames, she can be found in other places offering others the unique healing aspects of yoga in nursing homes and secure settings.
The event is open and relevant to all SUP Instructors and SUP Yoga, Pilates, and Fitness Instructors, regardless of the organisation you trained with/are training with.
The morning will involve a lecture with practical case studies and discussion, plus an optional SUP Yoga lesson.
What is being ‘Trauma-Informed’, and how can it make you a better coach or instructor?
As we emerge from the global pandemic, many people face significant concerns about their mental health and wellbeing. This certified CPD course/lecture will give you valuable insight into how you can work more effectively with those seeking to improve their health and wellbeing through water-based activities and provide a greater understanding of the effects of trauma. Paddleboarding has experienced a surge in popularity as individuals all over the world are being exposed to this sport for the very first time. Dee reports, “I have experienced a 50% increase in clients for the current 2021 season. I thought I was busy last year when we emerged from the first lockdown.”