Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water)

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Course Information 


This is the entry level course for SUP instructors where you provide basic SUP lessons, short SUP paddle tours and SUP rentals in enclosed flat water locations. It covers basic instruction techniques, equipment and operations, planning and conducting SUP sessions, risk management and safely managing groups of students.

BONUS: A personal SUP Paddling Video Assessment with review is included in the workshop, so you can assess your own paddling technique.

On successful completion of this course, instructors are elgible to enrol in the ASI Level 1 SUP Technical Coach (Enclosed Flat Water) course


Plan and conduct basic stand up paddle sessions, short SUP paddle tours and SUP rentals and manage clients safely in enclosed flat water locations.


Enclosed Flat Water locations are inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals that are no wider than 1 km (0.6 miles), with no swell or breaking waves

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:

  • The role of the SUP instructor
  • Identify laws and regulations that apply to conducting SUP lessons
  • Identify enclosed flat water SUP lesson/activity risks and hazards
  • Emergency processes and response
  • Logistics and how to plan enclosed flat water SUP sessions
  • Suitable boards, equipment and resources
  • Communication skills for the SUP environment
  • Methods to manage clients safely
  • Deliver basic SUP lessons and SUP activities
  • Understand correct paddling technique including the 5 phases of the paddle stroke
  • Evaluate your own SUP sessions  
  • Minimise environmental impacts (social & natural)

Entry requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 40 hours on water paddling
  • Able to understand English (equivalent to IELTS 6)
  • Paddle with basic paddling technique, confidence and safety in enclosed flat water locations, covering:
  • paddle with the board in trim
  • change hands correctly
  • basic posture with back straight and eyes looking ahead
  • correct reach
  • paddle vertical at entry
  • feathering paddle at exit
  • paddle in a straight line
  • turn and stop effectively

VIDEO - ASI Forward Paddle Stroke

Course requirements:

To receive your ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) certificate you need to:

  • Complete workshop theory, practical assessments and on-line multi-choice test.
  • Complete the ASI Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue Award course (half day workshop)
  • Complete the ASI SUP Wise for Instructors Foundation Skills (Enclosed Flat Water) course (3 hrs workshop) or have completed a SUP Wise course at an ASI school
  • Before or after the workshop, provide a Senior First Aid Certificate (no more than 3 years old).  
  • After the workshop, complete 10 hours assisting in enclosed flat water SUP instruction at an ASI accredited or other approved SUP school. (Exemption: recognition of previous experience can be provided).
  • Provide personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)
  • Provide a Working with Children Check (as applicable to the country your are working in. Information)

Note: You can enrol in the ASI Rescue and ASI SUP Wise courses at the same time as completing this Level 1 course.

Demonstrating competency:
If you are not able to demonstrate competent enclosed flat water paddling skills at the workshop, one additional video assessment can be submitted for free.   


Workshop: 2 days
Plus post workshop assessment & practical hours work experience.

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

What we provide:

Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) Training Manual
SUP Instruction Logbook
ASI Instructor T-shirt
Use of ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) logo
ASI membership valid for 12 months

Bring to workshop:

SUP clothing
Suitable flat water SUP board to demonstrate enclosed flat water paddling skills.

Certificate issued:

ASI Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) Certificate
(valid for 12 months from the date you attended 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
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact practices


Annual renewal.  See requirements


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