Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue Award (Surf)

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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 the ocean in breaking waves of 1 ½ feet ( ½ metre).

Locations defined as: ocean in breaking waves of 1 ½ feet ( ½ metre).

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, whilst negotiating the surf zone to shore.
  • Identify the signs of potential spinal injuries and respond and treat accordingly
  • Emergency signals and incident reporting

Entry requirements:

  • be medically and physically fit
  • have surf and ocean awareness and knowledge
  • able to swim a minimum of 200m (650 ft) in open water, run 200m (650 ft) , prone paddle  200m (650 ft) on stand up paddle board, in the ocean, within 10 minutes
  • have English competence equivalent to IELTS 6

What we provide:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue manual

Certificate Issued:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Water Safety Rescue Award (Surf)

Delivery Options

The ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue course can be completed by:

  • Attending a workshop (full workshop)
  • Attending a workshop (proficiency). Australia only. Attend practical - completing mission and in-water rescues.

Delivery option - Workshop:

This intensive 5 hour workshop is ideal for people who are comfortable in the surf and can swim 200 metres without stopping and prone paddle effectively.

Workshop course requirements:

To gain your SUP Water Safety Rescue Award (Surf) qualification, you will need to:

At workshop:

  • complete timed SUP mission: 200 metre (650 ft) swim, 200 metre (650 ft) run, 200 metre (650 ft) prone paddle on SUP board, without stopping, within 10 minutes
  • demonstrate in-water rescues, negotiating the surf zone
  • 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


Workshop: 5 hours
Proficiency: 3 ½ hours (Australia only)
You have 12 months from date of workshop to complete all course requirements.

Bring to workshop:

SUP clothing
Suitable SUP surf board to demonstrate rescues and paddling.


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 complete the course again.


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


Annual renewal.  See requirements


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