SUP Education

NZSUP has a variety of educational courses and qualifications to further your knowledge of the sport and make you a safer paddleboarder.

We have two courses that are applicable to every stand up paddleboarder.


This 2.5 hour classroom course covers how to choose and use your safety equipment, understanding the conditions, and what to do when things go wrong.  It’s on offer all over New Zealand by trained presenters, and is a fun and easy way to really improve your general water knowledge. More information here.


Your SUP board is actually an excellent rescue tool.  With the skills you will learn in this 2.5 hour course, you will be equipped to save someone from drowning. It’s a vital skill that every stand up paddleboarder should have. Unfortunately, preventable drowning incidents are all too common around the New Zealand waters, and you never know when you might come across someone in trouble.  More information here.

Teaching and Commercial Qualifications

Rather than one instructor course that tries to cover everything, NZSUP has developed a series of  training modules and courses to allow participants to get the information they specifically need. 

SUP Business Set-Up & Management
This course is for the person or company looking to set up a commercial SUP operation, which may be a school, guided activity, club or any other scenario where people are paying for a service involving stand up paddleboarding. (Other than SUP retail, or ‘bare boat’ SUP rental. If your interest is in either of these, contact us for more information)

Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Foundation
This module covers essential safety and general knowledge for persons working in any client-based aspect of stand up paddleboarding instruction.  Ie teaching SUP at any level, guiding, fitness or training groups, etc. 

Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Beginner Instruction
This module  covers teaching stand up paddleboarding to the complete beginner – the first lesson. It gives a time-proven, specific structure and format for a successful beginner lesson. The course includes plenty of practice opportunities.

Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Progressor Instruction
This module is an introduction to teaching stand up paddleboarding to the non beginner. It is a general module that covers the various options, considerations and environment for teaching progressors, including on-water time and practice opportunities. 

Coaching To Improve
This module covers the techniques for teaching more advanced paddling. 

Further modules to be developed for advanced coaching in specific aspects of the sport (racing, surf etc).

Stand Up Paddleboard NCEA Instruction Module
This module is designed for those working with schools to deliver and assess NCEA Physical Education L2 Standard 91330 and L3 Standard 91501 stand up paddleboarding. 

SUP SAFE & SUP RESCUE Course Presenter
For those wishing to be classroom educators, training is available to present the SUP SAFE and SUP RESCUE courses.

More information on each module along with course dates and locations will be listed here very shortly.