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We offer BSUPA SUP instructor training courses. Please see the tabs below for courses and details. Most are run in the spring. If dates are not available please contact us.

SUP Instructor Course – BSUPA Level 1

Become a SUP instructor with this two day course run at Hove Lagoon, Brighton (2015 courses run by Sam Ross)

The course takes you through the BSUPA teaching method and formula and follows a practical and logical approach to teaching stand up paddleboarding.

It covers:-

  • Safety
  • Teaching zones
  • Group control
  • Teaching techniques
  • Equipment
  • Teaching psychology
  • Practical tips on both technique and coaching skills
  • You will have lectures to cover on the course as well as a written and practical test

About half the course will be spent on the water and the rest in the classroom. Students without any previous watersports teaching experience or qualifications may be required to undertake shadow teaching at a BSUPA School.

Course pre-requirements :

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2click here for dates. This is not required, but recommended for instructors working on enclosed inland water with a maximum distance of 50m from land and no tidal influences
  • Minimum age 16 (you will not be a fully licensed Instructor until the age of 18. You can assist on courses under the supervision of a fully licensed instructor.)
  • Valid first aid qualification (First aid course)
  • Paddle competency
  • Current BSUPA member

RYA, BCU, BKSA, SLSA instructors can complete a fast track conversion version of this course in one day.

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SUP Instructor 1 day conversion course

Fast track to SUP instructor for RYA, BCU, BKSA, SLSA instructors (2015 courses run by Sam Ross)

If you are a current RYA, BCU, BKSA, SLSA instructor you can attend a one day ‘direct access’ conversion course to become a level 1 BSUPA instructor. You must have current valid certificates to prove qualification level.

Failure to reach the required standard in any areas of the instructor assessment will result in being required to attend the full BSUPA instructor level 1 course.

The BSUPA Conversion Course will include a BSUPA manual and certificate – we spend half the time on the water. We cover safety, the BSUPA teaching method and formula, rescue techniques, review teaching zones and equipment.

Pre requirements : If you are a current RYA, BCU, BKSA, SLSA instructor you can attend a one day ‘direct access’ conversion course to become a level 1 BSUPA Instructor. You must have current valid certificates to prove qualification level.

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SUP instructors course – BUPA Level 2

Become a BSUPA level 2 instructor and expand your SUP coaching skills (2015 courses run by Sam Ross)

Level 2 includes :

  • flat water distance
  • exploration
  • senior instructor skills expected in running a BSUPA recognised school

“Ready to Explore”

Exploring, theory, weather and tides, passage planning, exit routes, shelter and distance, equipment, boards, paddles, supplies, spares and safety gear.  Group size, control and management, types of tours, downwinders, distance, water state, currents, towing technique and safety.

Pre requirements  

  •  100  logged hours as a BSUPA Level 1 Instructor
  • minimum age 18
  • Paddle skills, complete Level 1 paddle test.
  • Demonstrate a medium level of wave riding ability in moderate surf, catching/turning/trimming/getting out and in/etiquette.
  • Demonstrate a medium/high level of fitness and experience in distance paddling and passage planning on both tidal and non tidal waters.
  • Provide video or still photos of your SUP technique in waves and on flat water (to be viewed on the course).
  • Current member of BSUPA.

A qualified BSUPA Level 2 Instructor can run or open a BSUPA recognised school.  Teach in small to medium surf on beach breaking waves with a ratio of 4 students to one instructor.  Take Level 1 Ready to Ride paddlers on short and medium length distance paddles and tours, with a maximum of 10 students to one instructor.

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