Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor is a great first step for stand up paddleboarders looking to deliver safe and enjoyable taster/starter sessions based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The qualification will support the SUP instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities 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 Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running SUP taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

  • Very Sheltered Water environments
  • Stand Up Paddleboards deemed suitable for a first-time experience

The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first SUP instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.

SUP Instructor Overview

Minimum age

14 years


  • Personal paddling and rescue competence
  • Full National Association Membership

Course Length

2 days’ combined training and assessment


Optional free BCAB Instructor eLearning

Course Documents

To view the associated documents with this course, click here.


You will need to register with your Delivery Centre ahead of your course. Visit your Delivery Centre website for further information (links below).

Find a Course

Visit your Delivery Centre website to find a course near you. Courses will be advertised towards the end of 2022.

Method of Assessment

There are three specific assessment tasks that are completed during the course:

  1. Professional Standards
  2. Rescue Skills
  3. Personal Skills

Instructor eLearning

The optional eLearning module has been designed to cover a range of topics relevant to the Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor. The eLearning can be accessed ahead of the course or used to support Instructors once they are in their role.

Find a Course

To find a course in your area, visit your Delivery Centre website by clicking the relevant logo at the bottom of this page.