L2 renewal

Welcome to the L2 Renewal Process

This course is for the instructor who has already completed their Level 2 instructor training in New Zealand (by doing a SurfingNZ/ISA/NZSUP instructor course in the last 5 years that went beyond purely beginner-based lessons), 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.

Level 2 SUP instruction is about teaching progressors – those who have done a beginner lesson (or self taught) and are looking to gain skills above and beyond complete beginner level. It can be thought of as “lessons 2, 3 4, etc.” Topics include improved turning skills, stances and improving paddling technique.

To hold a current Level 2 qualification you must also hold a current Level 1 qualification, as this covers essentials such as up to date first aid, safety knowledge, etc. If you have not yet renewed your L1 qualification please do this first.

The Level 2 renewal process can be completed entirely online via this course. If you choose to work through every lesson it will take around 4 hours. If you choose to work through the minimum required it will take about half that.

The process consists of the following steps:

  • Work through the online lessons contained in this course, covering material that has either changed since your last course, or qualifies as essential revision.
  • Complete and pass the online test at the end of the course, so you can be sure that you are current in your required knowledge for instructing SUP at beyond beginner level.

Some of the lessons here are optional, others essential. We strongly recommend viewing them all. However, as with all the online courses here, you can log in and work through any of the lessons any time, however often you want.

So without further ado, let’s make a start…

Finishing off (L2 Renewal)

Congratulations, you’ve completed the online learning/revision section of the L2 Instructor renewal process. Remember, as with the L1 material, you have access to this course for the duration of your instructor qualification, and you’re welcome to return and review any of the lessons any time.  If you would like to discuss any of the material in the course please contact us.

The one assignment you have been set in this renewal process is to submit a video of you giving yourself some feedback on your paddling technique, based on what you are seeing on the video of you paddling, as detailed in the Coaching and Feedback lesson.

To finish the renewal process, submit the feedback video, then complete and pass the final test and questionnaire that follow this lesson. Once we receive your questionnaire response we’ll process it and finalise your renewal. Once everything is completed you will then be able to download your certificate from this website at any time.

L2 Lesson Plans (L2 Renewal)

Optional: This is a topic that probably didn’t get included in your original course simply for lack of time. However, it’s a great way of raising your game when it comes to teaching progressors, so if you want to improve your L2 instructonal skills we strongly recommend completing the lesson.

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. 

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.

NCEA Credits (L2 Renewal)

Optional: The relevance of this lesson will depend entirely on whether the school you are working with has the opportunity to teach the NCEA Physical Education Level 1, 2 & 3 credits. The requirements for the NCEA credits changed significantly in 2020, so if you are working in this area then you should complete this lesson.

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. Remember, you can come back and check it out at any time.

Conditions for Progressors (L2 Renewal)

Essential.  Understanding the considerations of exposing your progressor clients to more challenging conditions is an essential safety requirement for the L2 instructor, so you should complete this lesson to ensure you’re up to speed on the topic, and your safety decisions and processes are sound. 

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 will take about 20 minutes to complete and gives a general overview of the issues that will be encountered and how best to approach them. 

The video discusses:

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

The test at the end of this course may include questions about the various issues and challenges you might encounter when teaching progressors.


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 Equipment for Progressors (L2 Renewal)

Optional.  If you are already set up for working with progressor paddlers you will no doubt have all the gear you need. However, if you are planning on updating or investing in equipment for the role you will find this lesson very useful. 

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

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.

L2 Paddle Technique (L2 Renewal)

Essential.  Understanding the fundamentals of paddling is an essential skill for the paddleboard instructor.  This lesson goes beyond the theory you would have received at your original course, so should be considered essential Professional Development work as part of your renewal.

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. 

The lesson will take around 35 minutes to complete. There will be questions on this topic in the final test.

The video discusses:

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

There will be questions on this topic in the final test.


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.

L2 Progressor Faults (L2 Renewal)

Optional.  If you have already been working with progressor paddlers for a while then you will be familiar with the faults they display in their paddling. However, if you’ve been out of the game for a while then this would be good revision.

This lesson looks at some of the main inefficiencies that progressors tend to exhibit when paddling. It is just skimming the surface of the topic, 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 16 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.

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 Turning Techniques (L2 Renewal)

Essential. Introducing your clients to new turning techniques is a fundamental part of progressor teaching. It is also very likely that the knowledge and progression shown here has changed since your original instructor course.

This lesson looks at the sequence of turning techniques that can be taught to progressors, and will take about 35 minutes to complete. Teaching more advanced turning is an excellent way to improve your clients’ paddleboarding capabilities – it is a well-defined thing that they can learn, and feel that they have gained a new and valuable skill, that will increase their enjoyment of the sport.

This training video discusses:

  • The sequence of turns to teach
  • How to coach each of the various turns
  • Refinements and adjustments to make them work even better
  • The mistakes your clients will make

One point that we forgot to mention in the video. Once your client has got to grips with rudder turns and the drawing technique (ie taking the paddle over the nose) they will find them so much more effective that they’ll rarely need sweep turns any more. You should encourage this – get them using rudder turns and draw strokes wherever possible, and be sure to utilise them as part of your own paddling.


Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • The sequence of turns that can be taught to progressors?
  • The main teaching points of each type of turn?

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 Stances (L2 Renewal)

Optional. Introducing your clients to new stances is an important part of progressor teaching. If you need to refresh your memory on the different stances and how to teach them, then we strongly recommend completing this lesson.

This lesson looks at the sequence of stances that can be taught to progressors and will take around 20 minutes to complete. Teaching more advanced stances is an excellent way to improve your clients’ paddleboarding capabilities – the more advanced stances are also a vital requirement in developing skills for SUP surfing, downwinding and other more advanced activities, and it may well help them with their paddling technique too. 

This video discusses:

  • The importance of stance
  • Teaching stances
  • The various stance options
  • Using props

Check Understanding!

Do you understand:

  • The sequence of stances that can be taught to progressors?
  • The main reasons and uses for each type of stance?

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