ASI Trainer: Craig Fisher

Trainer Level 
ASI Level 3 SUP Trainer (Flat Water)
ASI Level 1 SUP Trainer (Surf) 

Qualified to Train:
ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water)
ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters)
ASI Level 3 SUP Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling)
ASI Level 3 SUP Instructor (Beginner Surf)
ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue Award (Flat Water)
ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue Award (Surf)

 

About Craig

Craig has been involved in setting up and operating SUP schools, training SUP instructors, assisting the local SUP clubs and meet up groups, conducting private SUP race coaching and has delivered thousands of hours of SUP lessons and activities over the years in various countries.

Craig was born into one of the original board riding families in Western Australia. Craig’s father was riding the original canvas and wood standup skis through the 1940-50’s and he grew up riding one of these SUP boards with his Dad.   He has been a lifeguard for over 35 years which included 10 years as a professional lifeguard. Craig has travelled extensively racing and lifeguarding in many parts of the world including Cornwall UK, Australia, and South Africa.

Through this time he has been involved in training people in multiple disciplines of watersports including prone board, surf skis, surf swimming and now Standup paddling. With the emergence of the new lighter Standup paddle boards in 2004 the family transferred from their longboards back onto the Standup boards.

Craig married into one of the original South African surfing families from the Eastern Cape and his father in law Peter Cuff was keen to get back onto the Standup Boards when they came back into vogue. Peter was riding Jefferies Bay waves in the 1950’s and is still SUP riding and SUP instructing in his 80’s.

Craig and his family have been preaching the SUP gospel in Margaret River WA, Bunbury WA and Crescent Head NSW since 2005 forming several paddling groups and clubs along the way. The Standup Surfing Business was formed in 2010 serving multiple locations from Coogee near Perth down to Margaret River, Western Australia.


Stand Up Paddle Experience

  • Elite SUP race competitor including competing in:  The Doctor Perth WA 2014,  Avon Descent, Perth WA SUP races 2013 and 2015, Cape Town, Sth Africa, SUP Festival 2013
  • Actively involved in the local SUP Club as a Bra (Support for the Mother Suppers)
  • SUP race and SUP surf event organiser


Coaching and Training Experience

  • SUP Instructor since 2007
  • Standup Paddle Instructor for paddling groups in Margaret River, Bunbury and Crescent Head NSW
  • Co-Owner of, Stand up Surfing, SUP School operating since 2010
  • Competitive Swimming Teaching - Bronze 2012
  • Surf Sports Coaching 1988-1994 England and Europe
  • Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club Cadet Coach 1994-1996
  • Instructor-Surf Life Saving 1982-2000
  • First Aid Trainer and Assessor


Qualifications

  • ASI Level 3 SUP Trainer (Flat Water)
  • ASI Level 1 SUP Trainer (Surf) 
  • ASI SUP Rescue Trainer (Flat Water)
  • ASI SUP Rescue Trainer (Surf)
  • ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water)
  • ASI Level 2 SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters)
  • ASI Level 3 SUP Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling)
  • ASI Level 3 SUP Instructor (Beginner Surf)
  • ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue Award (Flat Water)
  • ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue Award (Surf)
  • Bronze Surf Life Saving 1978
  • SLSA Instructors Certificate 1982
  • Advanced Resuscitation Certificate 1980
  • St John First Aid Certificate 1980 - current
  • IRB Drivers Certificate 1990
  • Sports Coach Level 1 1985
  • SAT CS Swim Coaching 2011
  • Bronze Competitive Swim Coaching 2012
  • Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment 2016
  • Environmental Science Degree 1983
  • Post Graduate Science Degree 1993


Competition History

  • 1 Perth Doctor SUP
  • 2 Avon Descent SUP
  • 4 Perth Doctors –Ocean Ski’s
  • 1 Molokai-Oahu 2009 –Ocean Ski’s
  • 5 Avon Descents – Surf Ski’s 4th
  • 10 WA State Championships 1979-1988  Top 5 in Boards and Ironman
  • 10 Australian National Surf Life Saving Titles 1979-1988 Top 20 in Boards and Ironman
  • 5 World Life Saving Championships 1990-2014 -Multiple Podium Finish's
  • World O/30 Masters Board Champion 1996
  • 3 British Nationals SLSC 1988-1992- Top 3 Iron Man and Board
  • 2 South African Nationals 1989, 1994 - Top 3 Ironman and Board
  • 1 German Life Saving Titles 1990
  • 5 Rottnest-Cottesloe Swim Team Crossings 2005-2010 20k - 3rd Open Relay
  • 2 Fiji Swim Team Crossings 20k  2007,2008- 1st Open Relay
  • British National double kayak champions 1990 Div 8/9
  • 1 Devises-Westminster kayak race 1990 160km


Location

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia