SUP Wise Level 1 Enclosed Flat Water


This is your first step in learning how to SUP.    It applies to inland waterways with calm flat waters.   Learn how to identify safe conditions, locations, self rescue techniques, equipment, paddle technique and more.


Stand up paddle with correct technique, confidence and safety in enclosed flat water locations.

Locations and Conditions 

  • 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 
  • Wind speed less than 12 knots
  • Water depth no less than 1 metre (1 metre (3ft)) 
  • Free from hazards
  • No more than 250 metres (820ft) from shore
  • At least 200 metres (660ft) from a river mouth


Swim 50 metres (164 ft), without stopping


Flat water stand up paddle board
Coiled leash

Topics/ Outcomes 

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
  • Apply correct SUP flat water etiquette
  • Identify how to care for the enclosed flat water SUP environment

Equipment & Clothing

  • Choose suitable flat water board, leash and equipment

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 paddling 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


ASI SUP Wise (Enclosed Flat Water) student workbook or
ASI SUP Wise (Enclosed Flat Water) logbook

Certificate Issued

ASI SUP Wise Enclosed Flat Water Level 1 Participation Certificate


10 sessions (1- 2 hrs each session) + practice

10-20 hours in total  (depending on personal sports abilty and previous on water experience).

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