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.  Click here to find your nearest course.

The course starts in the classroom, and then progresses to the water, where you will be shown the techniques required, and you’ll then carry out a number of different rescues, until you are completely comfortable with the techniques.

You will learn about:

  • The drowning sequence

  • Recognising who might be at risk

  • Rescue theory

  • Unassisted and assisted rescue scenarios

  • How to minimise the risks during a rescue

  • Rescuing conscious and unconscious casualties

  • How to get the casualty to shore

  • Calling for help

  • Alternative rescue methods

You will find this course extremely empowering and enjoyable – you’ll be astonished at how easy and effective the techniques are.

The course fee will depend on the local presenter (as some have support from local councils etc in order to run them FOC, while others have to recoup costs for renting rooms etc), but should not be more than $40 per person.  A small outlay in return for knowledge that may save someone’s life!

Check out also the SUP SAFE course.  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  a fun and easy way to really improve your general water knowledge – we guarantee you’ll learn something new!


There will be courses run all over New Zealand throughout the summer.  Courses will be scheduled, and/or on demand – if there are enough takers then the local course presenter will put one on. Contact your local presenter to put your name on their list!

Where the course presenter is shown as TBA, this is because the training is still under way. If you would be interested in a course in this area please let us know, and you will be contacted as soon as the presenters are ready to begin running the course.

Location Presenter Email Phone
Far North Northland Paddleboarding 027 777 1035
Whangarei SUP Bros 022 644 9613
Orewa tba contact us tba
Auckland SUP Well 021 289 0221
Cambridge tba contact us tba
Raglan tba contact us tba
Bay of Plenty East Coast Paddlers 0274 510 579
Nelson/Marlborough Moana Paddle Nelson 0272727259
Golden Bay Golden Bay Kayaks 03-525 9095
Christchurch tba contact us tba
Wanaka/Queenstown Paddle Wanaka 0800 926 925
Dunedin Water Cooled Sports 03-479 2206

More presenters will be added to this list very soon.  If there is not a presenter in your area please contact us to request a course and we’ll see what we can do.

We are hugely grateful to Water Safety New Zealand for the funding to create this course, and Maritime New Zealand Safer Boating Forum for the funding to train the course presenters around New Zealand.