This course is for the would-be instructor in New Zealand looking to offer basic how-to SUP beginner lessons or an entry-level SUP experience in a safe, non-challenging environment. The course covers everything you need to know in order to operate on a commercial basis and/or with school groups, youth groups, EOTC programmes etc. Check out the reviews of this and the other Level 1 courses here.
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 Level 1 SUP instructor training, 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. Alternatively, there is the all-online version of the course, where the assessment can be done remotely.
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.
As all watersports and activity instructors should be first-aid qualified as part of the Safety Management system they will be operating under, so to complete the process for this L1 SUP Instructor coiurse, candidates will also be required to upload a copy of a current First Aid qualification, of at least NZQA 6401, 6402 level.
The course is based on best practice and is in line with other paddleboard instruction qualifications worldwide. It is not a formal qualification as per NZQA credits etc, so it does not have a validity period as such, but we would strongly recommend renewing the course after 2-3 years, to keep your skill levels current. There is a renewal course available which can be done online here.
The $150 fee for this course covers the online learning material 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.