WSA SUP Instructor Training Course



This course is designed for those who wish to teach SUP basics to beginners and improvers in a sheltered water environment. The course is very hands on with lots of practical training. You will learn essential safety information, gain knowledge of equipment, group management and lesson delivery content and skills to effectively get clients paddling.

You will leave the course being able to plan sessions and deliver them working within the structure of a school or centre. You will be assessed on your technical paddling skills and lesson delivery. Those who are “at standard” will be awarded the qualification. Candidates who do not meet the required standard will be given an action plan and will have to present them themselves for assessment at a later stage once skills have been consolidated. There is an additional £150 charge for this reassessment.

This course is designed to be combined with a WSA SUP Safety and Rescue training course (delivered the day before). The course is both dry and wet in content and is a practical and theoretical course.


2 days


£250 + WSA Membership £66


You will be required to have good paddling skills in light winds, upwind, across wind and downwind and be able to demonstrate turning strokes effectively and confidently including a step back turn. Please note this is NOT a course to develop your technical paddling skills. You are expected to be a confident paddler with good knowledge of the paddle stroke and be confident on your board. If you are not sure if you are at standard then please contact us to discuss.



Sheltered Water (small lakes, sheltered bays, no flow rivers, canals)


You will be assessed on your lesson delivery, personal paddling and communication skills. You will also be required to complete a pre-course online module.


Minimum age 18


21–22 March 2023 – spaces available
3–4 October 2023 – spaces available
24–25 October 2023 – spaces available
5–6 October 2023 – spaces available
25-26 Oct 2022 – spaces available
5–6 December 2023 – spaces available

The WSA SUP Safety and Rescue Course takes place the day before this course. We normally run a 2-day Outdoor First Aid course the two days before that too. Why not make a whole week of it.


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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