Level 1 SUP Technical Coach (Enclosed Flat Water)

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Course Information 


This course is for instructors who hold ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) and would like to provide SUP lessons and coaching to improve technical paddling ability for recreational flat water paddling and/or deliver the ASI SUP Wise learn to SUP program.  

It covers technical analysis of SUP paddling technique, identifying areas of incorrect technique and creating and delivering personal coaching plans for enclosed flat water locations.


Deliver and plan stand up paddle lessons and SUP activities and instruct, coach and assess technical skills to improve paddling ability for enclosed flat water locations.

Enclosed Flat Water locations are defined as:

  • 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 3ft
  • free from hazards
  • no more than 250 metres 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:

  • Create individualised SUP lesson plans
  • Assess paddling technique and provide feedback
  • Identify correct and poor paddling technique
  • Create personal coaching plans to correct poor paddling technique
  • Deliver ASI SUP Wise Enclosed Flat Water learn to SUP certificate course

Entry requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 100 hours on water paddling
  • Hold ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) certificate
  • Able to understand English (equivalent to IELTS 6)
  • Paddle with correct technique, with power and safety in enclosed flat water locations, demonstrating:  vertical shaft and blade fully buried at paddle entry / correct posture with hinging at hips / paddling straight with board moving forward with power (20-30 strokes per minute) / correct tracking and no yawing.

VIDEO - ASI Forward Paddle Stroke (Technical Coach)

What we provide:

Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Technical Coach (Enclosed Flat Water) Evidence Book
Use of ASI Level 1 SUP Technical Coach (Enclosed Flat Water) logo
ASI membership valid for 12 months

Certificate issued:

ASI Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Technical  Coach (Enclosed Flat Water) Certificate
(valid for 12 months from the date you enrolled)

Delivery Options

The ASI Level 1 SUP Technical Coach (Enclosed Flat Water) course can be completed by:

  • Flexible learning

Delivery option: Flexible learning

Course requirements:

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

Complete video assessments and coaching plans, being:

  • Provide personal SUP paddling video and self assess paddling ability using the ASI paddling assessment form.
  • Complete 2 paddling video assessments provided by ASI.
  • Complete coaching program for 2 different students of your choosing with video submitted for each person.
  • Prepare an ASI SUP Wise Learn to SUP program for your location.

Demonstrating competency:
If you are deemed not yet competent, you can submit evidence again for free.  Additional assessments are charged at $50 per assessment.  


Complete this course in your own time and submit evidence to ASI for assessment.
You have 12 months from date of enrolment to complete all course requirements.


Annual renewal.  See requirements


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Available from 1 August 2017

Email us to express your interest:  info@academyofsurfing.com


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