L2 Instructor Course

Where Next?

Congratulations, you’ve completed the online section of the L2 Instructor Course!  It’s a lot of information, but you’ll have access to it for the duration of your instructor qualification, and you’re welcome to review any of the lessons any time.  If you would like a zoom discussion about any of the material in the course please contact us.

Time for a quick recap of the important bits and pieces that are you need to have taken on board from the various lessons, for your L2 assessment.

Lesson 2:  Teaching Progressors

There will be discussion and questions on the general points covered in this module.

Lesson 3: Turning Techniques

You will be expected to present a lesson on one of these turning techniques at your assessment, so we strongly recommend familiarising yourself with each style of turning and the various coaching points, and practicing presenting each one as an onshore ‘part B’.

Lesson 4: Stances

You will be expected to present a lesson on one of these stance techniques at your assessment, so we strongly recommend familiarising yourself with each style of turning and the various coaching points, and practicing presenting each one as an onshore ‘part B’.

Paddling Technique and Progressor Faults

While you will not be asked to carry out any specific paddle technique coaching in your L2 assessment, there will be questions and discussion about paddling technique during the day, and there are likely to be progressor paddling faults and inefficiencies on display which you would be expected to identify and discuss.

Please note also that while you will not be asked to carry out any specific coaching regarding paddle technique in more challenging conditions during your L2 assessment, there will be questions and discussion about the various issues and challenges you might encounter during the day, and the choice of venue for the assessment may well provide some more challenging conditions to operate in anyway.

So, once you’ve done your homework on the topics above, and feel confident in delivering the part B sections for the stance and turning sessions lessons, then please go ahead and  contact us to organise your assessment. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Coaching & Feedback

Importance: High. Understanding how to impart information to your clients is a vital aspect of being a good coach.

Paddleboard instruction beyond basic beginner level starts to bring in new challenges, as the relationship with the client changes from straightforward ‘do this’ instruction, to the more flexible, two-way process, known as coaching.

Coaching is about assisting the client on their own learning journey. It’s much more than just knowing the technical details, it’s also about the methods of imparting that knowledge, along with the associated factors such as motivation and feedback processes.

This lesson takes a brief look into this world. It’s a massive topic and becomes ever more important as you move into the realms of higher performance sport. In this course we just touch upon it. If you want to learn more then this is what our further coaching levels will touch on.

This lesson will take around 25 minutes to complete.

This training video discusses:

  • Instruction vs coaching
  • Factors that influence learning
  • Principles of coaching
  • Motivation & Feedback

You will be expected to show a basic understanding of feedback in your Level 2 assessment, but it will not be at a complex level.


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • The different ways your clients take on information
  • The different factors that can influence your clients’ ability to absorb information
  • The importance of motivation
  • What constitutes good feedback

If you’re unsure on any of these, go back and review the lesson again. Otherwise, you can move on to the next lesson.

Choosing the right equipment for your business

One of the most common mistakes we encounter is new SUP operations purchasing their equipment before doing the instructor training, whereupon they discover what the best equipment for teaching SUP actually is – and it’s a long way from what they’ve already purchased!  So we would strongly recommend doing the SUP instructor training before investing in too much gear. However, the video below will give you a few pointers on the sort of thing you should be considering.  It lasts about 30 minutes – we hope you find it useful.

As mentioned in the video, much more information on equipment is contained in the SUP instructor L1 course, which is also available in online form. 

NCEA Credits

Importance: This will depend entirely on whether the school you are working with has the opportunity to teach the NCEA credits.

Did you know that paddleboarding is on the school curriculum? If your local school(s) have students doing physical education at NCEA level then they could be doing paddleboarding as part of that.

In this training video we describe the various NCEA unit standards on offer and how to go about making them happen.

The video will take about 15 minutes to view.

There will not be any questions on this in your assessment – it is only of relevance to instructors with the opportunity to work in this particular area. If this is not yet you, we hope that you’ll manage to get something going with your local schools, and help spread the love of the sport!

L2 Lesson Plans

Importance: Medium. Planning the contents of a progressor lesson in advance is a smart way of ensuring that everything gets covered

Whereas beginner SUP lessons follow a very standard and predictable format, no two progressor lessons are alike, especially when working towards specific goals such as improving sup performance for racing or surfing.  Therefore, planning the lesson in advance is a great way of ensuring that the right things get covered. 

This lesson will take around 25 minutes to complete.

This training video discusses:

  • Why plan lessons?
  • What sort of things to include
  • Some example scenarios. 

You will not be expected to present a lesson plan in your L2 assessment. However, it will be a standard requirement in the more advanced coaching courses, and it is a great way of ensuring that everything gets covered, so we strongly commend getting into the habit of planning your progressor lessons. 


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • The benefits of preparing a lesson plan in advance
  • The sort of things you might include in a lesson plan

If you’re unsure on any of these, go back and review the lesson again. Otherwise, you can move on to the next lesson.

L2 Equipment for Progressors

Importance: Medium.  If working with progressor paddlers is going to be a regular part of your operation then you may well need to invest in some equipment that is suitable for the role. 

This lesson looks at the equipment requirements for working with progressor paddlers. While it is possible to achieve a reasonable amount of progressor instruction using basic beginner boards, you really do need the right gear in order to progress properly into faster paddling,  improving balance and preparing clients for paddle surfing etc. This lesson gives a general overview of the sort of equipment you might consider utilising for progressor teaching. 

This lesson will take around 10 minutes to complete.

This training video discusses:

  • Boards for progressors
  • Paddles for progressors
  • Other equipment for progressors

You will not be asked about progressor equipment choices during the assessment procedure.  


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • What sort of boards, paddles and other equipment will assist in working with progressor paddlers. 

If you’re unsure, go back and review the lesson again. Otherwise, you can move on to the next lesson.

Conditions for Progressors

Importance: Very High.  Understanding the considerations of exposing your progressor clients to more challenging conditions is an essential skill for the L2 instructor. 

This lesson looks at what needs to be considered when taking your clients into more challenging conditions. While that initial beginner lesson really should be carried out in the most benign, flat-water, windless conditions possible, your progressor paddler needs to learn to paddle in more challenging conditions, possibly even right up to an introduction to dealing with surf etc.  This lesson gives a general overview of the issues that will be encountered and how best to approach them. 

This lesson will take around 20 minutes to complete.

This training video discusses:

  • Dealing with more bumpy conditions
  • Dealing with more windy conditions
  • Dealing with shorebreak
  • Preparing for surf

While you will not be asked to carry out any specific paddle technique coaching in more challenging conditions during your L2 assessment, there will be questions and discussion about the various issues and challenges you might encounter during the day, and the choice of venue for the assessment may well provide some more challenging conditions to operate in anyway. 


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • The challenges that the progressor and the instructor will face when running a session in more bumpy or windy conditions
  • The challenges that the instructor will face when dealing with a shorebreak
  • Why a vital part of the L2 instructor’s role is ensuring that their clients understand the basic rules when taking their SUP anywhere near the surf environment.

If you’re unsure on any of these, go back and review the lesson again. Otherwise, you can move on to the next lesson.

L2 Progressor Faults

Importance: Very High.  Improving paddling skills is a fundamental aspect of teaching progressor paddlers

This lesson looks at some of the main inefficiencies that progressors tend to exhibit when paddling. This is very much just skimming the surface, as this is very much getting into the realms of paddle coaching, which is beyond the remit of the L2 qualification. However, the information here, combined with the information in the previous lesson on what proper paddling should look like, will combine to give a good general feel on how to start finding your way into paddle stroke coaching. 

This lesson will take around 20 minutes to complete.

This training video discusses:

  • A quick refresher on beginner faults
  • Some of the things you are likely to see with progressor paddlers.

While you will not be asked to carry out any specific paddle technique coaching in your L2 assessment, there will be questions and discussion about paddling technique during the day, and there are likely to be progressor paddling faults and inefficiencies on display which you would be expected to identify and discuss.  


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • What a paddle stroke should look like, in terms of reach, entry, power phase & release 
  • Why it’s generally not a good thing if the blade doesn’t enter far enough forward, or enters in a backward-sweeping motion
  • What that looks like, in practice.

If you’re unsure on any of these, go back and review the lesson again. Otherwise, you can move on to the next lesson.

L2 Paddle Technique

Importance: Vital.  Understanding the fundamentals of paddling is an essential skill for the paddleboard instructor. 

This lesson looks at what is actually going on when we paddle. It explores the various phases of the stroke and what is going on with the blade in the water. It also looks at what paddle instruction should be aiming to achieve, and how there is absolutely not just one right way to paddle.   There are myriad different ways to use the paddle in order to propel a paddleboard forward. Some are undoubtedly more efficient than others, but ultimately it comes down to the requirements of the individual, as to which type of paddling will be best for them. 

This lesson will take around 35 minutes to complete.

This training video discusses:

  • The goal in coaching progressor paddling
  • How paddling actually works
  • Blade angles
  • The phases of the stroke

While you will not be asked to carry out any specific paddle technique coaching in your L2 assessment, but there will be questions and discussion about paddling technique during the day, and there are likely to be progressor paddling faults on display which you would be expected to identify and correct.  


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • The four phases of the paddle stroke
  • What positive, neutral and negative blade angle means
  • Why there is no one right way to paddle!

If you’re unsure on any of these, go back and review the lesson again. Otherwise, you can move on to the next lesson.