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British Canoeing Awarding Body

Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor (SUP)

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This course is designed for people whose main focus is to deliver taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

This combined training and assessment is a practical 2 day course that will help prepare you for your first SUP instructing role. The course will enable you to run enjoyable and safe games and activity sessions to support learning and inspire adventure and exploration for new paddlers on stand up paddleboards.

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You need to be able to paddle your Stand Up Paddleboard independently on flat water. You will also need to be able to keep yourself and others safe on and near the water, for example a paddler falling off their SUP. Paddlers that have completed the Paddle Explore Award or with around 70 hours of personal paddling experience can focus on the training and get the most out of their course. Paddlers also need to have developed their rescue skills ahead of the course.

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

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

All our courses are delivered by coaches who are extremely active in the sport. We believe that in order to coach well we must work hard to stay at the forefront of the sport. This means that we can give you the most up to date paddling tips. We understand what we do and coach technical and tactical solutions that work in the environment they are supposed to.


On our course you will have the opportunity to use some of our excellent fleet of paddleboards and paddles.

SUP instructor courses in Lake District


We run coaching courses at a variety of venues. We pick these venues very carefully to make sure they help to make your progression to Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor as smooth as possible.

If your club or workplace has a suitable venue to hold a Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor course we would be happy to provide a course at your venue. Please contact us to discuss options.

Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £250

Course fee includes boards and paddles. Please bring your own if you wish.

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  • Full home nation association membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).
  • Registration with Paddle UK.
  • Personal Paddling and Rescue Competence - see course guide.
  • Minimum age 14

British Canoeing Membership


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BC SUP Instructor Course GuideCourse Guide

BC SUP Instructor Skills ChecklistSkills Checklist

SUP Instructor Learner Development PackLearner Development Pack

SUP Instructor Assessment GuidanceAssessment Guidance

Session PlannersWR Session Planner 

British Canoeing Environmental DefinitionsEnvironmental Definitions

Course Dates

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Select a course and book

Select your preferred course dates from the Wild River Course Calendar and book your place.

Wild River will send you detailed information including the course number for registration, start time, directions to the venue and any other information you need.

Send a deposit of £50 or the full course fee to confirm your place. See Booking Information for details of how to pay.


Become a Paddle UK Member

Join on-line, click here. Choose the 'on the water' option.


Register with Paddle UK

Once you become a member you can register on-line via your membership portal.

  • Registration fee is £46.80.

For Paddle Scotland members please click here.


Enjoy the course!

Apply for funding

If you are a member of a canoe club you may be entitled to some support from them or from Paddle UK. Contact the treasurer of your club or the Paddlesport Development Officer for your region.




Paddlesport courses in the Lake District