Level 3 SUP Instructor (Beginner Surf)

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Course Information


This SUP instructor’s course is to teach beginner SUP Surfing lessons.  Before enrolling in this workshop, instructors must have personal SUP Surfing skills at the intermediate level (i.e. one level higher than beginner).   


Deliver, plan and assess beginner stand up paddle (SUP) surfing sessions.

Learn how to manage students in the surf, risks and hazards, creating lessons plans, and techniques to have your students supping small waves with safety and ease.


Beginner SUP surf locations: surf no larger than 1 ½ ft (½ metre).

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:

  • Identifying laws and regulations that apply to conducting SUP surf  lessons
  • Client management and safety
  • Identifying beginner SUP surfing  lesson risks and hazards
  • Emergency processes and response
  • Logistics and how to plan beginner SUP surf sessions
  • Suitable SUP surf boards, equipment and resources
  • Communication skills for the SUP surf environment
  • Instruction and coaching methods
  • Creating lesson plans
  • Instruct a variety of  SUP surf paddling techniques
  • Minimising surf environmental impacts (social & natural)
  • Abide by student to instructor ratios: maximum of 1 student to 1 accredited instructor at busy surf locations. Maximum of 2 students to 1 accredited instructor at non-busy surf locations.

Entry  requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

Course requirements:

To receive your ASI Level 3 SUP Instructor (Beginner Surf) certificate you need to:

  • Complete workshop theory, practical assessments and on-line multi-choice test.
  • Complete the  ASI Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Exposed Waters) course
  • Provide a  SURF Rescue certificate (no more than 24 months old. Australia: 12 months old)
  • Provide a Senior First Aid Certificate (no more than 3 years old).  
  • After the workshop, complete 25 hours assisting in Beginner SUP Surf 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 are working in. Information)

Note: You can enrol in the ASI Level 2 course at the same time as completing this Level 3 course.

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

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


Workshop: 1 day
Plus post workshop test & practical work experience

What we provide:

Level 3 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Beginner Surf) Training Manual
SUP Instruction Logbook
12 months membership

Bring to workshop:

SUP clothing and suitable SUP surf board to demonstrate intermediate SUP surfing skills.

Certificate Issued:

ASI Level 3 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Beginner Surf)  Certificate (valid for 12 months)

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


Annual renewal.  See requirements


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