Our Paddling Instructors

LondonSUP

We get people outside and active on the water in a safe, clean, and environmentally responsible way. We originally catered to Stand Up Paddle boarders but now work to engage our entire paddling community and people with any ability.  

The Faces You Will See

Drew Climie and Christin Smith, winter paddling

Every season is Stand Up Paddle Boarding Season

You will see different faces at our lessons and events but Drew and Christin’s are the faces you will see the most.

Drew Climie

Instructor, Event Coordinator, Owner

Drew has been a ‘water baby’ as long as he can remember, gaining his passion for the water over many visits to the Lake Erie beaches as a kid and most high school summer weekends. Drew’s passion to be at the beach, or on the water, continues today in the form of sailing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking and of course Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP).

After many years of working and training in the technology industry, Drew left to peruse his passion for getting outside and enjoying the water. Putting years of training experience to work, Drew opened up LondonSUP, the only full service Stand Up Paddleboard Shop in London Ontario. LondonSUP now offers a full suite of training programs including SUP Intro Classes, Skill Builder Workshops, Paddle Canada Beginner and Advanced SUP Lessons, SUPYoga, and PaddleFit Circuit training.

Always wanting to find and do something new, Drew continually works to expand on LondonSUPs ever growing list of partners to bring new activities and places to paddle to our ever growing paddling community. Although LondonSUP started with Paddle boarding it now caters to multiple water sports including kayaking, surfing our great lakes, and Dragon Boating. If it takes place on the water, chances are DDrew Climie Winter paddling on a SUPrew is keen to give it a go!

Certifications:

  • Paddle Canada Basic and Advanced SUP Instructor
  • WPA Level 1 SUP Instructor
  • PaddleFit Core Instructor
  • Padi Dive Master
  • DAN First Aid DEMP Instructor

Christin Smith

Yoga Instructor, Event Coordinator

Meet Christin, she is our SUPYoga instructor, event organizer, and an avid paddler! She began her yoga journey 9 years ago and fell in love.  The yoga mat is her happy place, a sanctuary where she can be completely in her body with breath, practicing and teaching a blend of yoga styles including Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa Flow.

Chrisin Smith instructing an indoor SUPYoga Class

Christin instructing one our our Indoor SUPYoga Classes

Christin brings her yoga onto the water teaching SUPYoga with LondonSUP!  After spending lots of time on the water with Drew Climie of LondonSUP she felt inspired to bring her yoga teaching to the water.  She is very excited to offer traditional yoga instruction on the water for all skill levels from the beginner to advanced practitioner.

Christin successfully completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014. To enhance her yoga teaching skills she completing the Baptiste Institute’s  “Art of Assisting” in August 2014 and is an accredited member of Yoga Alliance International.  She has completed her Paddle Canada Basic SUP Skills Course and Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills Course in June of 2016.

Christin has completed numerous continuing education trainings with Bernie Clark, Todd Norian, Mark Laham, Natasha Rizopoulos, Michele Barnes, Valerie Giles, and Paras Moghtader.  You can find her teaching at multiple community classes for The City of London, Fitness Forum, Benders Yoga, Dasein Dance School, private lessons and substitute teaches at various venues in the City.

Considering herself a life-long student of yoga, Christin is a compassionate teacher who loves to share her knowledge and believes yoga should be accessible to everyone.