Training

Level 1 SUP Instructor Online (NZ)

This is the all-online course for the person looking to offer basic how-to SUP beginner lessons or an entry-level SUP experience on a commercial basis in New Zealand(*) in a safe, non-challenging environment.

This is the completely online version of the Level 1 course, as opposed to the online plus practical assessment method of achieving the qualification. Instead of the practical assessment, with this course you will have to submit assignments and complete a test, but the entire process can be completed from your own location – you do not have to attend any training or assessment sessions. However, you will need access to paddleboard equipment, and the assistance of at least two other people, one to film you and the other (ideally two or three) to be your ‘students’ in your assignment videos. At least one of these will need a paddleboard and paddle also.

To see the various other ways of taking the Level 1 course check the course page here.

(*) Note – if you are not intending to teach paddleboarding in New Zealand then the legal requirements in your area will be different. We will shortly be launching an all-online course for instructors outside of New Zealand.

The online learning lessons in this course cover the theory, safety understanding and background knowledge to operate safe and productive sessions, along with a step-by-step guide on exactly how to deliver that perfect beginner lesson. The equipment you will need is also discussed.

The course will take about 12 hours to complete, plus a few extra hours of practice, and the time taken to complete your assignments.

Candidates are welcome to repeat the online lessons as many times as they like, and will continue to have access to the material after completion, so it remains a valuable information archive. 

To complete the qualification as a Level 1 SUP instructor, the candidate must also complete a number of assignments, and show the required level of paddling ability. Advice on bringing your paddling technique up to the required level is included as part of the course, along with feedback and assistance in completing the assignments to a satisfactory level. See the FAQ pages for more information on the assessment process.

Alternatively, if the candidate prefers, the final assessment can be done in person – assessment sessions regularly take place all around the country, so there is not normally a need to travel too far for an assessment. We do recommend taking the practical assessment if at all possible – you will get much more out of being able to spend time on the water with the assessor. However, we recognise that for many people it’s an expense and time commitment they cannot afford, hence this course.

To complete the registration process for the L1 SUP Instructor qualification, candidates will also be required to upload a copy of a current First Aid qualification, of at least NZQA 6401, 6402 level, and complete the SUP Rescue course. 

VALIDATION 

The qualification will begin as of the day after completing and passing the practical assessment, and is valid for 2 years. Renewal will cost around $100 per further two years, and this can also be done online here.

The $300 fee for this course covers the online learning material (including continued access throughout your license period) plus the skills assessment and subsequent advice. Payment can be made via credit card or paypal by clicking on the registration button above, or by bank transfer.

Level 1 SUP Instructor Conversion

This course is for the instructor who has already completed a SUP instructor qualification outside of New Zealand, and is looking to convert their qualification to the NZ standard. (If you are looking to renew your NZ SUP Instructor qualification then please click here).

The conversion process is in two parts – the online process (which is all contained in this course here) and then a practical assessment, which will cost a further $100.

The process plays out like this:

  • Complete the series of online lessons contained in this course, covering essential material that you may or may not already be familiar with. (Some, such as the NZ legislative environment, rules for PFDs etc, are very likely to be new and vital information for you).
  • Complete an online test at the end of the course to show that you are current in your required knowledge for instructing SUP.
  • Upload a copy of your current valid First Aid qualification (of at least of NZQA 6401, 6402 unit standard level)
  • Upload a copy of your current (or expired) SUP Instructor Qualification, along with a very brief summary of your paddleboard instructional experience over the last few years. 
  • Let us know that you’re ready for the practical assessment, which will take 5-6 hours and we’ll do our best to make it happen somewhere relatively close to home for you.

The time taken to complete this online part of the process will depend on how many of the lessons you choose to work through. Many are optional, should you wish to refresh your memory and learning in those areas. If you consider yourself to be current in all the general watersports knowledge material, then you could complete the essential parts of the course in a few hours.

You will have unlimited access to the instructor material and information here on this website for 24 months after completing the course (whether you take the practical assessment or not).

For more information on the practical assessment check out the FAQ pages.

Payment can be made via credit card or paypal by clicking on the registration button above, or by bank transfer.

Level 1 SUP Instructor Renewal

This course is for the instructor who has already completed their L1 instructor training in New Zealand (by doing a SurfingNZ/ISA/NZSUP instructor course in the last 5 years), and is wanting to renew their qualification. If you have a SUP Instructor qualification from outside of NZ and are looking to convert to the NZ system then please check out the conversion course.

The renewal process requires working through this online course. It will take a few hours, but you can do it in your own time from the comfort of your own home, and it will be less hassle and more efficient than having to attend a one day course in person. Especially as by doing it this way, you can choose which areas you want to revise and focus on.

The renewal process can be completed entirely online, there is no requirement to demonstrate your instructional skills in person. The process consists of the following steps:

  • Complete a series of online lessons contained in this course, covering material that has either changed since your last course, or qualifies as essential revision.
  • Complete an online test at the end of the course to show that you are current in your required knowledge for instructing SUP.
  • Upload a video of yourself giving a simulated safety briefing (the requirements for this are fully covered, along with templates etc, within the Safety Briefing lesson in this course)
  • Upload a brief written description of how you would deal with an emergency (again following a template laid out within the relevant lesson)
  • Upload a copy of your current valid First Aid qualification (of at least of NZQA 6401, 6402 unit standard level)
  • Upload a very brief summary of your paddleboard instructional experience over the last few years. 

The entire process should take no more than a few hours, and will revalidate your instructional qualification for a further 24 months, and give you access to the instructor material and information on this website throughout that time.

Other optional lessons are also available as part of the course should you also wish to refresh your knowledge in those areas.

Payment can be made via credit card or paypal by clicking on the registration button above, or by bank transfer.

Level 1 SUP Instructor

This course is for the instructor looking to offer basic how-to SUP beginner lessons or an entry-level SUP experience on a commercial basis in a safe, non-challenging environment.

This is the online learning section of the course, covering the theory, safety understanding and background knowledge to operate safe and productive sessions. The lessons in this online course will take about 11 hours to complete, plus a few extra hours of practice and homework. Candidates will also be expected to practice aspects of the material in their own time and prepare some other ‘homework tasks’ prior to the practical session. 

Candidates are welcome to redo the online lessons as many times as they like, and will continue to have access to the material after completion, so it remains a valuable information archive. 

To complete the qualification as a Level 1 SUP instructor, the candidate must also complete an assessment session, and show the required level of paddling ability. Information on the assessment and required paddling ability is provided as part of the online learning course here, along with advice on any technique refinements required. There is an additional fee of $100-150 for the assessment (cost depends on location), which normally takes around 5-6 hours and can be booked when the candidate feels ready to take it. Assessment sessions take place all around the country, so there is not normally a need to travel too far to take the assessment.

Candidates who do not show the required competency level at their assessment will  be debriefed on what they need to work on, and can re-attend a future practical session when they feel ready to have another go. 

See the FAQ pages for more information on the assessment process.

To complete the registration process for the L1 SUP Instructor qualification, candidates will also be required to upload a copy of a current First Aid qualification, of at least NZQA 6401, 6402 level. 

VALIDATION 

The qualification will begin as of the day after completing and passing the practical assessment, and is valid for 2 years. Renewal will cost around $100 per further two years, and this can also be done online here.

The $150 fee for this course covers the online learning material (including continued access throughout your license period) plus the skills assessment and subsequent advice. Payment can be made via credit card or paypal by clicking on the registration button above, or by bank transfer.