Course Information


ASI created this SUP sport specific water safety rescue award specifically for stand up paddle instructors and anyone who paddles regularly.

This course is available as a physical workshop or an online flexible learning course.  ​Find more details below and select the best course option for you.


Perform simple rescues in SUP enclosed flat water and exposed waters locations.


Qualified to conducted rescues at:  

  • Enclosed flat waters including rivers, creeks and lagoons, or
  • Coastal locations and inland bodies of water and harbours over 1 km (0.6 miles wide)  No breaking waves.

Career Outcomes:

    • SUP instructors in the SUP or outdoor recreation industry.
    • Assistant SUP Instructors 
    • Persons assisting in SUP water safety rescues
    • Industry job roles that require SUP water safety rescue knowledge (e.g. marketing, sales, retail)

Topics Covered:

    • Identify emergency situations
    • Respond to emergency situations
    • Apply SUP rescue techniques
    • Demonstrate in-water rescues on conscious and unconscious patients using single and double roll methods
    • Identify the signs of potential spinal injuries and respond and treat accordingly
    • Emergency signals and incident reporting

Entry Requirements:

Before starting this course, you must have:

  • Be medically and physically fit.
  • Able to swim 100 metres (328 ft), run 200 metres (650 ft), prone paddle SUP board 200 metres (650ft) - within 10 minutes.
  • English speaking skills.

Delivery Options:

Workshop: An intensive course that focuses on the major components, with the ability to interact with the trainer and the group. 
Duration:  half day (54 hours)

Online: Study in your own time with ASI's e-learning platform.   Upload video to demonstrate mission fitness test and rescue skills. 

ASI's E-learning Platform
ASI's e-learning platform provides access to training manuals, videos, reference materials and assessments.  Access is available for all the above delivery options. 

Course Requirements:

  • Complete multi-choice test. 
  • Complete timed fitness mission within 10 minutes: swim 100 metres (328 ft), run 200 metres (650 ft), prone paddle SUP board 200 metres (650ft).
  • Demonstrate rescue of unconscious person using double roll method with your SUP board (in deep water). 


  • Submit a current senior first aid certificate 
    Note:  can be provided within 12 months of enrolment. 

Time to Complete 
You have 12 months to complete all course requirements.  

What we provide:

ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue training manual 
Access to rescue videos


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

  • Flat water stand up paddle board, paddle, coiled leash 
  • SUP clothing suitable for paddling and suitable for immersion in water when performing rescues

In addition, for Online learning courses: 

  • Computer or mobile phone to access ASI e-learning platform  
  • Another person to be your patient (for online learning and flexible trainer options) 
  • Video camera or mobile phone to take video of practical skills  (for online learning option) 

Certificate issued:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue Award (Flat Water)
Valid for 24 months.

Additional certificate issued:


There is no renewal on this qualification.  

To obtain a new certificate, participants complete the course again.


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