SUP Wise - Level 1 Enclosed Flat Water

ASI SUP Wise Level 1 Enclosed Flat Water is the first level of stand up paddle knowledge and skills.   It applies to inland waterways with calm flat waters.   Learn how to perform correct paddling technique, understand equipment, the flat water environment and how to keep yourself safe. 


Course Information


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

Location Description

Inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals that are no wider than 1 km
Flat water with no swell or breaking waves
No wind. Or wind less than 12 knots (22 kms per hour)
Away from river mouths that have strong currents out to sea


Swim 50 metres (164 ft), without stopping

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

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

Equipment & Clothing

  • Choose suitable board and equipment

Norminal Duration

Approx. 10-20 hours
to gain the above skills and knowledge


ASI SUP Wise Course Formats

Fun and practical hands on course, comes with all equipment provided, your own ASI logbook with reference information and SUP paddling log pages and a Certificate of Participation at completion.

SUP Wise-Starter

Introduction session.  Experience stand up paddling.  2 hours

SUP Wise-Improver

Learn basic stand up paddle techniques, and gain more confidence to paddle safely.  3 sessions (1- 2 hrs each session) 

SUP Wise-Cruiser

Paddle confidently with correct technique and safety, understand your equipment and locations. Gain your SUP Participation certificate. 5 sessions (1- 2 hrs each session)

Whats included

  • All SUP gear – board, paddle, leash
  • SUP clothing – rashshirts, wetsuits (optional)
  • ASI Learn to SUP Enclosed Flat Water Logbook 
  • ASI Stand Up Paddle Enclosed Flat Water Participation Certificate

Dates and Bookings

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