WSA SUP Adventure Guide Training Course



The WSA SUP Adventure guide is a leadership award that will equip you to coach, lead or guide in open water, hazardous environments. You will gain knowledge in various environments suitable for the remit of the award, including safety in these environments and leadership strategies. You will learn group management techniques and how to launch and land in small surf.

In addition, journey planning, incident management and safety will play a key focus during the course. You will be educated in various bylaws and legislation that govern paddle sports. if you do not meet the required standard you will be given an action plan to consolidate skills and reapply for a formal assessment session at a later stage which will incur an additional cost of £150.

Prior to attending this course you must have passed the WSA Foundation Instructor award and the WSA SUP Safety and Rescue course or hold a recognised equivalent qualification. Please contact us if you hold qualifications from other awarding bodies. In order to validate your award you will need to hold a minimum 2 day outdoor first aid qualification and this can be completed after the course and assessment.


2 days (+ 1 day assessment to be booked at later date)


Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The exact location will depend on weather conditions.


  • WSA SUP Instructor
  • WSA SUP Safety and Rescue
  • 16hr Outdoor First Aid Qualification


Paddle confidently upwind, across wind and downwind in open choppy water; use two types of turns effectively and demonstrate good paddle stroke skills including step back turns.


Open Water (Coastal, Lochs/Lakes, Estuaries, slow moving rivers). Please note this is NOT a whitewater river endorsed qualification.


Direct entry at this level is often possible if you hold one of the awards below. Please contact WSA directly if you’d like to discuss this.

  • ASI Level 1–2 coach
  • BSUPA Level 1–2 Coach
  • British Canoeing – please email with your current BC qualifications


Leadership, personal ability and teaching skills. Assessment is arranged separately to the 2 day course at an additional cost of £150


Minimum age 18 Years.


30-31 March 2023
4-5 May 2023
Please contact us about autumn 2023 dates
Private courses are available on request.


In order to register for the courses you will need to purchase WSA Professional Membership for £66. This includes a Canal and River Trust License and Public Liability insurance to £10 million. You can then register for courses directly on the WSA system.

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