Fancy Becoming an Instructor? The SurfingNZ/ISA Level One SUP instructor course is an intensive 2 day programme, covering instructional theory, safety and the techniques for teaching SUP at basic and intermediate level. It also includes a Surfing NZ Community Lifesaving course and award, which does require a basic level of fitness (demonstrating the ability to run 200m, swim 200m and run 200m. It’s not timed, though.). A basic level of paddleboarding ability is required – if you’ve been doing it for a while then you should be OK. There is no requirement to demonstrate wave or white water SUP skills.
The course will be taught by a highly experienced official ISA presenter, and the fee includes comprehensive manuals and all SNZ/ISA membership fees. Successful completion of the course equips you with the internationally recognised ISA level 1 SUP instructor qualification, and the nationally-recognised surfingNZ Level 1 qualification valid for 3 years, along with the community lifesaving award. The only other requirement to become a practising instructor is that you have a current first aid certificate.
The course content includes
equipment for teaching
fault analysis and recognition
duty of care
leadership and problem-solving
static and dynamic Venue Analysis
The art & science of instruction
Role of the coach
Basics of instructional technique
understanding your students
Practical rescue/safety essentials
Lifeguard theory – recognising problems
dealing with casualties in the water
board rescue techniques
NZSLSA Community Lifeguard certificate.
It’s a pretty intensive few days, and also includes a lot of paddling theory and technique, to ensure that all the candidates have the skills and understanding to be able to analyse faults and individual styles. There is also a lot of teaching practice; everyone gets plenty of hands-on experience at instructing. The course also majors very much on the safety and professional aspects of SUP instruction, and as well as providing a standard instructional model and format to follow The feedback from the courses run so far has certainly been hugely positive – even from extremely experienced SUPers.
The course is not intended to cover the management side of being an instructor, or how to run a SUP instruction business. However, a separate workshop is available as an addition to the course, which takes another 90 minutes or so to go through, and covers:
Legal requirements, forms and paperwork
Understanding the Adventure Activities Legislation
Options and opportunities for teaching SUP
promotion & marketing