Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue Award (Flat Water)

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Course Information


ASI created this SUP sport specific water safety rescue award specifically for stand up paddle instructors.


Provide SUP Instructors with skills and knowledge to perform simple rescues in SUP enclosed flat water and exposed waters locations.


Locations defined as:
Flat: flat water or exposed waters (no breaking waves)

Career outcomes:

Water safety and rescue skills for Stand Up Paddle Instructors.

Topics covered:

  • Identify emergency situations
  • Respond to emergency situations
  • Apply SUP rescue techniques
  • Demonstrate simulated in-water rescues on conscious and unconscious patients
  • Identify the signs of potential spinal injuries and respond and treat accordingly
  • Emergency signals and incident reporting

Entry requirements:

  • be medically and physically fit
  • able to swim a minimum of 200m in open water, run 200m, prone paddle  200m on stand up paddle board within 10 minutes
  • be an ASI SUP Instructor or completing ASI SUP instructor qualifications
  • have English competence equivalent to IELTS 6


5 hours

Course requirements:

To gain your SUP Instructor Water Rescue qualification, you will need to:

At workshop:

  • complete timed SUP mission: 200 metre swim, 200 metre run, 200 metre prone paddle on SUP board, without stopping, within 10 minutes
  • demonstrate in-water rescues
  • complete multi-choice test

Before or after the workshop, provide copies of:

  • Personal identification (e.g drivers licence or passport)
  • Senior First Aid certificate

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

What we provide:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue manual

Certificate Issued:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue Award (Flat Water)


The Certificate is valid for 24 months (or 12 months in Australia) from the date you completed the workshop.

To obtain a new certificate, participants enrol and attend full workshop.

Australia only. May also choose to attend practical only (completing mission and in-water rescues).
Duration:  3 ½ hours


ASI is a Registered Training Organisation and the ASI Water Safety Rescue Award aligns to the following:
Australian Department of Education. Registered Training Organisation RTO ID 91496

Statement of Attainment in Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
for units of competency:
PUASAR013A Participate in an Aquatic Rescue Operation
Available in Australia only


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