British Canoeing Awarding Body announces the NEW Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

British Canoeing Awarding Body has today announced the NEW Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor award, which is designed for Instructors running SUP taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

The 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first SUP instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed and ready’ to deliver safe and enjoyable sessions for people new to paddleboarding, within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations. 

The qualification will support the Instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration.  This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding. 

The course is suitable for those over 14 years of age. National Association membership is required as well as an appropriate personal skill level and understanding of SUP safety and rescue.

The NEW SUP Instructor will be available from 4th January 2023. 

I am absolutely delighted we are able to announce our new BCAB SUP Instructor qualification which will be available from January 2023.  This course will be a great addition to the suite of SUP qualifications and awards we already have and provides a fantastic pathway for those wishing to introduce others to Stand Up Paddleboarding, having the confidence that this qualification is regulated and has high levels of quality assurance expected from an Awarding Organisation.

Lee Pooley, Director of Coaching and Qualifications at Paddle UK

Further details will be shared over the next few months, Keep an eye on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website and the Catch Up with Coaching newsletter.