New instructors gain their ASI qualifications in the Middle East

Congratulations to the new instructors who completed the ASI SUP Instructor courses on 5-8th September 2017 in Doha.

ASI Trainer, Melinda Behumi, a highly experienced paddler, SUP School owner, and a Yoga Instructor. She delivered the 4 days of intensive training for the SUP Wise, SUP Water Rescue, Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) and Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters) qualifications.

The new instructors learned ASI SUP Wise course and methodology, covering paddling techniques, safety and awareness.

In the Level 1 and Level 2 SUP Instructor courses, the instructors learned how to create lesson plans, deliver lessons, safety and risk management techniques, how to look after clients in flat water before progressing to exposed water locations for the Level 2. With uneven water and swell up to 2ft this requires different lesson plans and safety techniques. Each instructor is filmed and their paddling skill and ability assessed in the classroom.

ASI Trainer Melinda Behumi said: “The conditions were very hot with 35 degrees in and out of the water and no wind. The participants were all good paddlers and achieved their Level 1 and level 2 instructor status easily.”

The participants said: “We learned a great deal, thank you. Especially about the importance of technique, safety and how to structure lessons.”

The courses were held on world's most luxurious man-made island, The Pearl-Qatar, which has year-round sunshine, palm trees and beautiful beaches. There are fantastic paddling routes around the island with fun downwinders in the north of the country.

The next courses in Qatar are scheduled for December.

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