SUP Bristol Instructor Training Programme

This season we’ve teamed up with the Water Skills Academy to offer two accelerated instructor training courses on 9–11 April and 31 May–2 June.

We’re looking for the next generation of SUP instructors. If you’re passionate about paddling and would like to share your knowledge and experience with others we’d love to hear from you.

The course includes the qualifications you’d need to work with SUP Bristol and outdoor centres all over the UK; the WSA SUP Safety and Rescue and WSA Foundation SUP Instructor qualifications. Whether you want to kick-start a career in the outdoors, or just spread your love for the sport in your spare time this course could be for you, and many of our current instructors have been through the programme.

Following the course, take advantage of free ongoing mentoring and peer support from a member of the SUP Bristol team. Shadow sessions, work on any actions discussed during training and build up your coaching hours. When you’re ready we’ll invite you to take part in a assessment here in Bristol, upon completion of which you’ll be qualified and ready to go.

The complete price for the three day course, support and assessment is £380.

2017 Course Dates

9 – 11 April 2017

SUP Safety and Rescue, 9 April 2017
Foundation SUP Instructor, 10–11 April 2017

31 May – 2 June

SUP Safety and Rescue, 31 May
Foundation SUP Instructor, 1–2 June

Bespoke courses

Contact us about bespoke dates and locations, we’re happy to help.

Qualifications incuded

WSA Foundation SUP Instructor

This course will introduce the novice instructor to teaching and communication skills, lesson planning, feedback and analysis skills and group and individual client management.

2 days, £280

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WSA SUP Safety and Rescue

This course, taught on the first day, is designed to teach the fundamental safety management knowledge and rescue skills for aspiring SUP instructors.

1 day, £100

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Mentoring and support

Following the course we offer ongoing support in the form of peer mentoring with a member of the SUP Bristol team to help you progress in your paddling and coaching.


We expect candidates to be able to confidently perform the manoeuvres listed below in a variety of water conditions before enrolling. If you are not sure if you are at standard then please contact us to discuss or to arrange further training.

  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Efficient back paddling
  • Effective use of a variety of turning strokes
  • Step back pivot turn
  • Controlled stopping


Please register and pay Water Skills Academy on their website. Click the link below to register. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you!