Flat Water SUP

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) Level One – Flat water SUP Instructor works with the novice in flat/calm water teaching basic SUP skills including introduction to equipment, beach safety, carrying the SUP board, paddling the SUP board, entering the water, paddling kneeling, standing paddle forward, paddle turning left and right and dismount.

This course is aimed at individuals with SUP experience who wish to teach basic SUP techniques to the novice.


The course aims to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge required to introduce the novice to SUP in a safe and supportive environment.

You’ll Learn

Course Duration

The Flat Water SUP Coach Course is run over two days and involves practical and theory modules.

Post Course Practice

To accredit, 20 hours (non paid) instructing post course and then return these hours logged in the workbook to the course trainer.

Lifesaving / First Aid Award

The candidate must hold a First Aid / Rescue Award or suitable equivalent, which can be taken anytime up to a year after the course.

SUP Proficiency

The candidate must demonstrate an ability to:

  • Paddle kneeling between buoys at 20m interval
  • Paddle standing both ways around the buoys in a figure eight pathway.
  • Paddle tanding between buoys at 20 m interval changing hands every 3 strokes
  • Safe Dismount


The candidate has one year from the start date to complete all the criteria.  If deemed ‘not competent’ in any part of the assessment, you will have an opportunity to develop competency during the 20 hours of coaching.  On completion the candidate will received an ISA Level One Surf certificate.


The course fee includes ISA memberhip for the first year.  The ISA Level One Award holder must pay the $100 USD fee to the ISA yearly and hold a current acceptable ILS water rescue award, to maintain a valid qualification.

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Andy Joyce

Turning his love for the water into a career, he started up Surf Steps, his own Surf and SUP training centre in 2005. He now directs the business, and a very happily married Father of 2.

“My dream of a more water filled life was realised through passion, hard work and vision. I see my role is to help people achieve theirs too!”

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