Course Information


This instructor's course is for teaching SUP activities in coastal beaches and bays and harbours and large inland bodies of water (with no breaking waves).    

BONUS: A personal SUP Paddling Video Assessment with review is included in the workshop, so you can assess your own paddling technique.

On successful completion of this course, instructors are elgible to enrol in the ASI Level 2 SUP Technical Coach (Exposed Waters) course.


Plan and conduct basic stand up paddle sessions, short SUP paddle tours and SUP rentals and manage clients safely in exposed waters locations.


Exposed Waters locations are defined as:

  • coastal beaches and bays
  • harbours and large inland bodies of water greater than 1 km (0.6 miles) wide
  • shore break up to 1 ½ feet
  • swell size up to 2ft
  • no breaking waves
  • wind speed less than 12 knots, offshore wind less than 10 knots
  • water depth no less than 3ft
  • free from hazards
  • no more than 250 metres from shore

Career Outcomes:

    • Stand Up Paddle Instructor in the SUP or outdoor recreation industry.
    • Industry job roles that require SUP knowledge (e.g. marketing, sales, retail)

Topics Covered:

    • Identify exposed waters SUP lesson/activity risks and hazards
    • Emergency processes and response
    • Logistics and how to plan exposed waters SUP sessions
    • Suitable boards, equipment and resources
    • Methods to manage clients safely in exposed waters
    • Deliver basic exposed waters SUP lessons and SUP activities
    • Evaluating your own SUP sessions  
    • Identify correct and incorrect technique using ASI assessment competency guide
    • Use video analysis to assess your own paddling ability
    • Demonstrate correct paddling technique including the 5 phases of the paddle stroke in exposed waters
    • Understand how to negotiate swell (not breaking waves) - into swell, alongside swell, with swell
    • Understand how to perform step back pivot turns - heel side and toe side

Entry Requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 40 hours on water paddling in exposed waters locations
  • Hold or completing  ASI Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Enclosed Flat Waters) course
  • Paddle with correct paddling technique, confidence and safety in exposed waters locations, demonstrating: paddle with the board in trim / change hands correctly / correct posture with hinging from the hips, back straight and eyes looking ahead / correct reach / paddle vertical at entry / feathering paddle at exit / paddle in a straight line / turn and stop effectively / negotiate swell up to 2ft (not breaking waves).


Delivery Options:

The ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters) course can be completed by:

  • Attending a workshop
  • Flexible learning

Course Requirements:

Delivery Option - Workshop 

This intensive 1 day workshop will focus on completing the major components of the course. Some additional homework is also required to complete assessments and gain practical on-the-job instruction experience.    
Ideal for: students who want to cover theory components in an intensive format.


Workshop course requirements:

‚ÄčTo receive your ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters) certificate you need to:

At the workshop: 

  • Complete workshop theory assessments
  • Demonstrate correct paddling technique and lesson delivery

After the workshop: 

  • Complete on-line multi-choice test.
  • Complete 10 hours assisting in exposed waters SUP instruction at an ASI accredited or other approved SUP school. (Exemption: recognition of previous experience can be provided).

Before or after the workshop: 

  • Provide personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)
  • Provide a Senior First Aid Certificate (no more than 3 years old).  
  • Provide a flat water or surf rescue certificate (no more than 24 months old. Australia: 12 months old).  Find approved flat water providers  /  surf rescue providers 

Note: You can enrol in the ASI Level 2 course at the same time as completing Level 1 course.

Demonstrating competency:
If you are not able to demonstrate competent exposed waters paddling skills at the workshop, one additional video assessment can be submitted for free.   


Workshop: 1 day
Plus post workshop test and practical work experience
You have 12 months from date of workshop to complete all course requirements.


Delivery Option - Flexible Learning

Work at your own pace.  We post out your instructor manuals. Complete assessments and practical on-the-job instruction experience to suit your schedule.   
Ideal for: students who are working with an ASI Accredited SUP School, are experienced paddlers, with some previous instruction experience and require flexibility in completing their qualification.
Duration:  12 months to complete the course and return Assessment Record Book to ASI.

More information and flexible learning course requirements....

What we provide:

Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Exposed Waters) Training Manual
SUP Instruction Logbook
Use of ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters) logo
Access to ASI correct paddling technique video (16 mins)
ASI membership valid for 12 months


The following equipment and clothing is required to complete the training:

  • Flat water stand up paddle board
  • Paddle
  • Coiled leash (leg-rope)
  • SUP clothing suitable for paddling

Certificate issued:

ASI Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Exposed Waters) Certificate
(valid for 12 months from the date you attended the workshop)

Additional certificate issued:

ASI also issues education department approved training certificates.  These do not expire.

Australia Only
ASI is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with authority to issue NRT certificates. 
Australian Department of Education. Registered Training Organisation RTO ID 91496
The following certificate is issued to students undertaking training in Australia.
Statement of Attainment in Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (SIS40313)
for units of competency:
TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group based learning
SISOODR303A Guide outdoor recreation sessions
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact practices


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