Level 3 SUP Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling)


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Course Information


Take your students to another level by providing downwind & distance paddling instruction sessions. Downwind paddling utilises ocean / lake swells and wind to advantage on special SUP boards. You’ll learn how to organise downwind and distance paddling sessions up to 10 kms (6 miles), and safely manage clients.


Plan, conduct, instruct and safely manage students for stand up paddle downwind and distance paddling sessions, up to 10km (6 miles).

Conducted on:

  • Inland waters:  inland bodies of water. or
  • Ocean: coastal ocean locations

Downwind paddling locations are characterised by the wind behind, speed 12 to 20 knots, swell size between 2ft to 4ft, no more than 700 metres (765 yards) from shore.  

Career outcomes:

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

Topics covered:

  • Plan and organise logistics for instructing downwind & distance paddling sessions
  • Risks and dangers that affect students
  • Risk management strategies to ensure safety of students
  • Emergency processes and responses
  • Suitable downwind and distance paddling SUP boards, equipment, clothing and hydration
  • Creating lesson plans for instructing downwind & distance paddling sessions
  • Demonstrate and instruct a variety of basic downwind & distance paddling techniques
  • Manage students safely and effectively

Entry requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

What we provide:

Level 3 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling) Training Manual
Level 3 Assessment & Competency Record Book
12 months membership

Certificate  Issued:

ASI Level 3 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling-Inland Waters) Certificate
ASI Level 3 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling-Ocean) Certificate
(valid for 12 months from the date of attending the workshop

Additional Certificate Issued:

ASI also issues education department approved training certificates. These do not expire.

ASI is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with authority to issue NRT certificates.  The following certificate is issued to students undertaking training in Australia.
Australian Department of Education. Registered Training Organisation RTO ID 91496
Statement of Attainment in Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (SIS40313)
for units of competency:
TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group based learning
SISOODR303A Guide outdoor recreation sessions
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact practices
SISOSRF201A Demonstrate surf survival and self rescue skills
SISOSRF304A Perform a simple rescue in moderate surf conditions
SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities

Delivery Options

The ASI Level 3 SUP Instructor (Downwind & Distance Paddling) course can be completed by:

  • Attending a workshop

Delivery option - Workshop:

Workshop course requirements:

At the workshop:

  • Complete written assessments
  • Complete 10 km downwind SUP paddles, in swell up to 2 - 4ft.
  • Demonstrate downwind SUP skill and knowledge including: effectively maintaining momentum, catch and ride “bumps”, correct paddling technique, varying stroke rate and length, power up and power down, effectively conserving energy, wipe-out safely at speed, SUP etiquette and rights of way.
  • Identify self rescue and survival techniques.

If you are not able to demonstrate competent paddling ability at the workshop, one additional assessment can be submitted for free.   Must be submitted within 12 months of workshop date.   

After the workshop:

  • Prepare 3 x written logistics reports for completing a 10 km  (6 mile) downwind paddle session, including submitting 3 x video evidence demonstrating correct technique.
  • Complete 25 hours (a minimum of 5 hour sessions) assisting in instructing downwind & distance paddling sessions at an ASI approved downwind SUP school owner or with an ASI Trainer. 

Before or after the workshop, provide copies of:

  • Personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)
  • Working with Children Check (as applicable to the country are working in. Information)
  • Surf Rescue certificate  and  Senior First Aid certificate, OR Lifesaving (Combined Rescue & First Aid certificate).

Rescue:   Date of certificate is no more than 2 years old from date of completion (or 1 year old for Australia).  Find Approved Surf Rescue Training Providers

Senior First Aid:  The certificate date must be no more than 3 years old from date of completion.  Find Description and Approved Senior First Aid Training Providers

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


Workshop: 2 days
Plus: post workshop practical work experience
Plus: post workshop projects

Bring to workshop:

SUP clothing and suitable SUP downwind board to demonstrate downwind paddling skills and ability for 10km (6 mile) paddles.


Annual renewal.  See requirements


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