Course Information


The ASI SUP Wise for Instructors Foundation Skills course covers the ASI methodology, terminology, guidelines and technique for paddling with safety and competence at enclosed flat water locations.  It also provides an overview of the SUP Wise certificate program.  These are essential knowledge and skills required for ASI SUP instructors.


Identify ASI methodology, terminology, guidelines and technique for paddling with safety and competence at enclosed flat water locations.  


Flat water, including inland waterways and bodies of water.  eg. creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals less than 1 km wide (0.6 miles).

Career Outcomes:

    Assistant Stand Up Paddle Instructor 

Topics Covered:

    Environment & Safety

    • Understand the enclosed flat water environment
    • Identify SUP personal hazards
    • Identify SUP location hazards
    • Choose a safe SUP location
    • Identify self rescue techniques and when to apply them
    • Identify how to care for the enclosed flat water SUP environment

    Paddle Skills

    • Enter and exit the water correctly
    • Paddle in standing and kneeling position with balance and confidence
    • Identify correct paddling technique – 3 P’s - Position, Posture, Paddle
    • Identify the 5 phases of the forward paddle stroke
    • Demonstrate correct method to change direction
    • Demonstrate turning - back paddling left and right
    • Demonstrate how to stop, safe wipe-out and dismount
    • Understand how to perform a pivot turn
    • Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette

    Equipment & Clothing

    • Choose suitable board, equipment and clothing


Entry Requirements:

  • Knowledge of water and weather conditions and basic paddling technique
  • Paddle with confidence and safety in enclosed flat water locations
  • Swim 50 metres (164 ft)

Delivery Options:

The ASI SUP Wise for Instructors Foundation Skills course can be completed by:

  • Attending a workshop

Course Requirements:

Workshop course requirements:

Participate in on water paddling, theory, knowledge, skills and techniques.
Receive 2 hours sign off for paddling experience in the workshop.


After the workshop:  
Complete 8 hours (e.g 4 x 2 hr sessions) on the water paddling experience with an ASI accredited or other approved SUP school / instructor and have them sign Certificate page in SUP Wise logbook.  

(Exemption to completing paddling experience, can be provided by Trainer at the workshop for participants who have demonstrated prior paddling experience and have the required skills, knowledge and competency)


Workshop: 3 hours
Plus post workshop paddling experience (as applicable).
You have 12 months from date of workshop to complete all course requirements.

What we provide:

SUP Wise Enclosed Flat Water Competency Logbook


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 SUP Wise Level 1 Stand Up Paddle (Enclosed Flat Water) Participation Certificate


Additional certificate issued:



No renewal requirements.


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