Course Information


Take your clients on short SUP tours and overnight stays at enclosed flat water locations.  Explore the inland waterways, stop along the way to eat, see the wildlife, scenery or points of interest, as you paddle from one location to the next.   

This course will assist you in gaining the confidence to deliver overnight SUP tours.  Learn how to create your own SUP tour/s, logistics, safety, risk management, student management and equipment.  The concepts can also be applied to other types of water locations.  


Plan and conduct stand up paddle tours of short duration day trips or overnight stays. 


Qualified to guide SUP tours at Enclosed Flat Water locations, defined as:

  • inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals
  • no wider than 1 km (0.6 miles)
  • with no swell or breaking waves
  • no more than 250 metres from shore

Career Outcomes:

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

Topics Covered:

    • Identify different types of SUP tours for enclosed flat waters locations
    • Suitable SUP touring boards, all round boards 
    • Other equipment and clothing 
    • Rules and regulations applicable when conducting SUP tours
    • Identify risks and hazards and how to manage risks
    • Identify and forecast weather and water conditions that affect SUP touring and navigation
    • How to identify and plan SUP touring routes
    • How to navigate using navigation aids
    • How to manage clients safely during SUP tours
    • SUP touring emergency responses

Entry Requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

  • Hold ASI Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) qualification for a minimum of 12 months
  • Able to paddle 15 kms (approx 10 miles) on each day and in between breaks.
  • Able to read and understand English

Delivery Options:

Face to face workshop.  
An intensive, hands on course that focuses on the major components, with the ability to interact with the trainer and the group. 

2 days. With overnight stay.

Overnight accommodation will vary depending on the location. Including:
Hotel, bed & breakfast with private room, or
Cabins at camping site, or 
Wild camping where you set up your own tent and cook outdoors.  
Personal effects are transported by support vehicle. 

Course Requirements:

At the workshop 

  • On water practical tour guiding
  • Overnight stay in accommodation
  • Classroom theory 

After the workshop 

  • Submit a written project that demonstrates ability to plan a SUP tour at 2 different locations. One tour must be an overnight tour.
  • Choose your proposed overnight SUP tour and conduct the tour with one other person as your student.  Prepare a video dossier on conducting your tour. 


  • Submit a current ASI SUP water rescue or surf rescue certificate 
  • Submit a current senior first aid certificate 

Note:  above 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 Tour Guide (Enclosed Flat Water) Training Manual.
ASI membership valid for 12 months.


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

  • SUP Touring board (or suitable flat water board) 
  • Paddle
  • Leash 
  • SUP clothing suitable for longer distance paddling.
  • Hydration - camel back or water bottle
  • Energy food
  • Personal protection e.g sunscreen 
  • Watch – ideally a GPS watch
  • Clothing and personal possessions for overnight stay

Certificate issued:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Tour Guide (Enclosed Flat Water) 
valid for 12 months 

Additional certificate issued:



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