L1 Instructor Course

Warm Down & Follow Up

Finally, once ashore, a couple of really important aspects to finishing the session and ensuring everyone got the most out of it.  In this module, which will take about 8 minutes to watch, we will look at:

  • The wrap-up
  • Onshore debrief
  • Warm Down

These last few minutes will make a good impression with your clients and also leave you in the best possible position for either then packing up to go home, or preparing for the next lesson.


L1 On the Water!

Now we’re ready to hit the water. In this module, which will take about 20 minutes to watch, we will look at:

  • The launch
  • The safe position work-through
  • The stand-up
  • Getting going
  • Foot faults
  • The session end

This module is a bit more discussion-based rather than based on ‘live footage’ as there is a lot to talk about.

And there you have it. After all the other learning and preparation you have completed in this course, you’ve now done the real thing, and introduced some newcomers to our great sport. Well done!

One thing not covered in the video – how long should this phase of the lesson last? 45 minutes is a perfectly acceptable amount of time on the water for a first lesson, indeed you will often find that this as much as clients can cope with.

But it’s not quite over yet. Just a few more things to consider…


L1 On the Beach pt 2

Now that we have shown them the basics of paddling, we have to show them a few other  really important things. In this module, which will take about 20 minutes to watch, we’ll look at the Part B beach teaching and practice for :

  • How to get on and off the board
  • Paddling in safe position
  • Doing the first stand up
  • Falling in and getting back onto the board
  • Carrying the board

Again, we strongly recommend that you download and use the Part B prompt card while following and practicing delivering this part of the lesson, until the flow comes naturally.

Despite the fact that it has taken rather longer to discuss and dissect the Part B material, it actually only takes 10 minutes or so in ‘real life’ with real clients. Yet it is 10 minutes incredibly well spent that will make all the difference in ensuring your lesson goes smoothly and successfully.

Hopefully you now have a feel for how it flows. Once you have delivered it a few times it feels extremely natural and becomes easy to deliver. This format is used by virtually every successful SUP school in New Zealand – not because they are mandated to, but simply because it works so well.


L1 On the Beach Pt 1

In this module, which will take about 20 minutes to watch, we’ll look at:

  • Introduction to the board & paddle.
  • How to paddle
  • How to change sides with the paddle
  • How to turn
  • How to stop!

We strongly recommend that you download and use the Part B prompt card while following and practicing delivering this part of the lesson. 

If you’re comfortable with this part of the onshore briefing, you can now move on to the next part.


L1 Lesson Prep & Set-Up

This module will take about 10 minutes to watch and covers:

  • Checks, equipment and paperwork considerations before the lesson 
  • Preparing the lesson site
  • Delivering the safety brief  
  • Doing a warm-up  

We strongly recommend that you download and use the template prompt card that was provided in the Safety Briefing lesson, while practicing your own safety briefs.

Now the lesson can start properly…