Level 1 SUP Instructor

This qualification 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.

It is essentially the ‘foundation course’ for SUP instruction, and includes fundamental knowledge such as:

  • The legal environment for SUP instruction
  • The documentation required
  • Safety Planning
  • Safety Briefing
  • Understanding the conditions (winds, weather, tides, currents, using forecasts etc)
  • Working with children
  • Vital knowledge about SUP boards, paddles, leashes and PFDs
  • A complete step-by-step guide to the most efficient, foolproof way to instruct beginner paddleboarders
  • Identifying and correcting basic beginner faults

And much more.

Here are the various ways you can gain (or regain) the NZ Level 1 SUP Instructor qualification

Online + Practical: Complete the online course here, then take a practical assessment, which takes about 6 hours. (For much more on the assessment, check out our FAQs). This is the recommended way of completing the qualification, as it gives you that invaluable face-time with an experienced assessor.

The price for the online course is $150 and the practical asessment $100.


All Online: Complete the all online course here, which can be done entirely from your own location with no need to attend an assessment. Instead, the course includes a number of assignments for you to complete.

The price for the all online course is $300


Whichever way you take the course, the qualification is valid for 2 years, after which revalidation is an entirely online process, done by completing the online renewal here.

The fee for the online renewal is $100.


If you already hold a SUP instructor qualification and wish to convert to the New Zealand system, the online conversion course will bring you up to speed on New Zealand law and our way of doing things, which will be essential if you are intending to work in an existing NZ SUP school. There will also be a practical assessment.

The price for the online conversion course is $100 and the practical assessment $100.


If you have any questions about which is the right course for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.