How to Become an ASI Stand Up Paddle Instructor

Pre-requisites Skill

First you should have: 
  • at least 100 hours on water paddling 
  • able to paddle with confidence and correct techniques 

Course Modules 
 
The ASI L1 SUP Instructor qualification contains the following components:
  1. SUP Wise Intensiv 
  2. SUP Water Safety Rescue Award 
  3. Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water)
Plus: submit a current First Aid Certificate. 
Note:  You can hold a surf lifesaving certificate instead of SUP Water Rescue.

(1) SUP Wise Intensiv
Course information and requirements....
Underpinning skills and knowledge to become an ASI SUP Instructor.

Online manual with extensive information and technique videos - to get you understanding and paddling to the ASI criteria.  Submit your own video for detailed written feedback. 

  • Online:  read manuals and submit paddling skills video, received detailed feedback. (approx 12 hours)
  • Workshop:  read online manual, attend 3 hour session, with guidance from the trainer.   After workshop, submit paddling skills video for written feedback.

This is an participation course and feedback is provided for your information only.
 

(2)  Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water)

Course information and requirements....

ASI SUP Instructors courses focus on instruction and guiding clients, safety, identify and managing risks, logistics, equipment, planning, managing groups, sessions plans and instruction techniques, rentals.  (This course assumes you have knowledge of ASI SUP paddling guidelines and terminology as covered in SUP Wise Intensiv course).  
Course requirements: Demonstrate lesson delivery, correct paddling stroke skills, paddle 1km within 10 mins, complete on the job experience signed off by ASI school or other approved person.  

  • Workshop. 2 days, plus 2 hours online quiz, plus 10 hours job experience.  Paper manual provided.
  • Online:  20 hours reading and quiz, plus time to take video plus 10 hours job experience. Online manual provided.


(3)  ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue Award
Course information and requirements....
SUP specific rescue skills, using the SUP board. how to rescue your clients if an unexpected incident occurred.
Course requirements: Demonstrate rescues, fitness mission test, multichoice test. Submit senior first aid certificate. 
Workshop:  5 hours. All practical assessments and quiz. Paper manual provided. 
Online:  3 hours plus online quiz, plus time to take own video of rescue and fitness mission. Online manual provided.
 

Surf lifeguard certificates are acceptable in place of the ASI SUP Rescue course.
See acceptable surf lifeguard certificates.....

Senior First Aid Certificate 
Submit a current Senior First Aid certificate.   This is CPR plus other topics. 
You have 12 months to submit this, but your instructor certificate will not be issued until we receive it. 
Covering a minimum range of topics.   See acceptable first aid courses and required topics...


Are you Teaching in Exposed Waters?   ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters) 
Course information and requirements....
The ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor  qualification is for teaching in ocean locations with conditions that may have swell and bumpy water but no breaking waves.   It is also large inland bodies of water greater than 1km (0.6miles) wide.
If you are an experienced paddler in exposed waters, you can enrol in the Level 2 course at the same time as the Level 1 course.  It means you can complete your practical assessments at the same time. 
Course requirements: Demonstrate lesson delivery, correct paddling stroke skills, paddle 1km within 10 mins, complete on the job experience signed off by ASI school or other approved person.  
Workshop:  1 day workshop, plus 2 hours online quiz, plus 10 hours job experience. Paper manual provided.
Online:  10 hours reading and quiz, plus time to take video plus 10 hours job experience.  Online manual provided.


How do I enrol ?

You can enrol in individual courses or combined (multiple) courses at the same time. 
And you can choose a combination of online and workshops.  

eg. for Combined courses, choose 
(Workshop) Combined SUP Instructor L1 & SUP Rescue
(Online) Combined SUP Instructor L1 & SUP Rescue & SUP Wise
Enrol at... 

Workshops 
You can enrol in all courses at the same time
eg.
SUP Wise Intensiv workshop
SUP Rescue & Level 1 SUP Instructor workshop


Online courses 
You can enrol in all online courses at the same time
You will get access to all courses online.   
Complete the SUP Wise Intensiv first before starting L1 SUP instructor course.  To gain the required pre-requisite knowledge. 
By doing all courses at the same time you can save time by taking all required video at the same time. 


Other

Time to Complete

You have 12 months from date of enrolment or workshop date to complete all course requirements. 


About the ASI E-learning Platform 

The ASI e-learning platform, is an easy to use and comprehensive.  You can access training manuals, videos, reference materials and assessments.