If you haven’t met Reta she’s like whiskey in a tea cup, not what you expect when you take that first sip and she can knock you off your feet. In a good way she is SUP’s biggest cheerleader when it comes to getting women stoked to get on the water. It’s hard to say no to her.”
- Lisa Stocking
Owner/ Head Instructor
Reta is an all around whitewater paddling enthusiast that specializes in whitewater stand up paddling. She has paddled on rivers in Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, Costa Rica and Ecuador.
In addition to SUP you can always find Reta going with the flow; singing her way down a river behind the oars, working on crushing bigger lines in her kayak or trying to roll an OC1. Reta just wants to be on the water!
Reta is the founder of CANRVRSUP Instructor Collective. She started the collective to bring instructors together in hopes of supporting her passion to grow a safe community of River Stand Up Paddlers through quality instruction and training. As head instructor and Paddle Canada Certified Instructor Trainer, she plans to work with all the collective instructors to provide high quality training for all students wanting to take courses related to SUP.
Reta fell in love with SUP after she was first introduced to it in 2010. It is a sport that anyone can enjoy and the sport can be as challenging as you want it to be as you progress from flat water on lakes to whitewater on the rivers.
Reta's favourite places to paddle are the Kananaskis Valley in Alberta, Trail Wave on the Columbia River in British Columbia and the Tana River in Ecuador.
Reta gives 200% in everything she does. She is passionate about safety, increasing skill level, and maintaining our beautiful natural spaces while having fun. She is extremely generous in sharing her knowledge, leaving nothing out for “next time”, so as a participant in either a trip or a course you feel satisfied. She is a great teacher seeming to have a natural sense of how to read and rate her students' progression in a logical manner; which coaxes a person out of their comfort zone, without pushing someone past their ability level so they feel confident in doing so and crave more progression. Reta is always “on”, her enthusiasm for the sport of River SUP is infectious. I am looking forward to more river trips guided by Reta in the future." - Trish Rasmussen
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