SUP Instructor

British Canoeing Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Qualification
British Canoeing’s Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor is the entry level qualification for those Stand Up Paddle-boarders that are looking to deliver safe and enjoyable Starter/Taster sessions.

The Award

The SUP Instructor qualification is designed for those delivering Starter / Taster sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres and organisations in:

  • Very Sheltered Water
  • Stand Up Paddleboards that are suitable for a first-time experience

The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.

The Course

This course is run over two days and is a combined training and assessment course.The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat. Using initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.


There are three specific assessment tasks that are completed during the course:

  1. Professional Standards
  2. Rescue Skills
  3. Personal Skills

All of the assessment tasks are explained in the course paperwork; don’t panic as you are supported throughout the course.


You have to be 14 years or older and a Full National Association member. Also have personal paddling and rescue competence.

Ideally, you should be paddling at the Explore Award level.

If you are not sure, then please contact us.