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The ISA Surf SUP Course is geared for instructors and coaches that will be teaching SUP in the surfing environment. The course focuses on riding waves on an SUP level 1 course along with a broad range of technique applications and safety procedures. The ISA Flat Water SUP or Surf Level 1 Certification is a prerequisite for this course.

SUP Proficiency

  • Entry and transition off beach in 1m waves 
  • Take off on unbroken wave 
  • Basic bottom turn (forehand and backhand)
  • Basic cutback 
  • Cutting across wave forehand and backhand
  • Exit from the wave cleanly and safely return to shore.

You’ll Learn


This is a 6-8 hour coaching course, including practical skills assessments.  To accredit the coach must provide a min of 10 hours of work experience, recorded in your workbook, with a suitably experienced SUP mentor coach.

Lifesaving / First Aid Award

The candidate must hold a suitable First Aid / Rescue Award, which can be taken anytime up to 18 months after the course.


The course fee includes ISA membership for the first year.  After, the ISA coach 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.


The candidate has18 months from the start date of the course  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 hours of coaching.  On successful completion the candidate will receive an ISA OWSUP certificate.

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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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