WSA SUP INSTRUCTORS

Are you a SUP enthusiast who would like to share your knowledge and experience with others to equip them with the skills to SUP safely and correctly in a variety of environments.

Our industry unique courses have been designed by some of the world’s leading authorities on SUP and are designed to equip instructors with the skills and knowledge to teach clients in a variety of SUP specific disciplines –  SUP Flatwater, SUP Adventure Touring, SUP Downwind, SUP Race , SUP Fitness and more.  The majority of our courses form 2 days training and 1 day assessment.  This allows coaches to consolidate skills and develop between training and assessment.

The core WSA philosophy is the requirement for all candidates to attend both the WSA Safety and Rescue and WSA SUP Foundation courses before choosing to specialise in ANY of the other SUP disciplines that we offer.

Please see our comprehensive list of courses below and download the “Course Information” for further details.

Remember we have a core team of trainers with unrivalled experience, the UK’s fastest racer, Ryan James, UK’s NO 1 SUP surfer, Matt Barker – Smith , worldwide acknowledged author of SUP/outrigger publications and SUP downwinder expert, Steve West to name just a few. No other training organisation can provide you with trainers of this calibre and expertise.

If you have a suitable venue and a group of individuals wanting to do any of our courses we may be able to provide the training at your venue, call or email us to discuss.

WSA SUP Safety & Rescue

  • Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Foundation Level) £100
  • Duration – 1 day

WSA regards safety and rescue skills as essential disciplines that all SUP instructors must understand and be able to demonstrate competency in rescue techniques. This one day course is designed to teach the fundamental rescue skills and safety knowledge for aspiring SUP instructors.

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WSA SUP Foundation Instructor

  • Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Foundation Level) £280
  • Duration – 2 days Training & 1 day Assessment
This is the first step to working as a Stand Up Paddle instructor. This two day course will introduce the novice instructor to teaching and communication skills, lesson planning, feedback and analysis skills and group and individual client management. We expect our candidates to be able to confidently perform the manoeuvres listed below before enrolling on the course. If you are not sure if you are at standard then please contact us to discuss.

  • Back paddling
  • Step back pivot turn
  • Side stroke turn
  • Stopping
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WSA Adventure SUP Instructor

  • SUP Adventure Instructor £280
  • Duration – 2 days Training & 1 day Assessment (assessment can be booked at a later date)

The Adventure Coach is a leadership award that will equip you to coach, lead or guide in open water, hazardous environments. You will gain knowledge in various environments suitable for the remit of the award, safety in these environments and leadership strategies.

Prior to attending this course you must have attended the WSA Foundation course and the WSA SUP Safety and Rescue course.

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WSA SUP Downwind Instructor

  • SUP Downwind Instructor £280
  • Duration – 2 days Training & 1 day Assessment
  • Harnessing the wind and wave energy is one of the most exciting SUP disciplines out there. Learn how to run downwind sessions safely, plan and organise logistics, manage risks,  technique and equipment clinics. Learn from one of the world’s premier downwind paddlers and renowned author of SUP and Outrigger publications, Steve West

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WSA SUP Expedition Guide

  • Stand Up Paddle Expedition Guide
  • Duration – 2 days

Remit – Large lakes, coastal areas, overnight journeys.

Pre Requisite – Adventure Award

Expedition leadership encompasses the skills you have learnt on our Adventure course and take you a few steps forward.  The course is designed for those wishing to go further afield, using overnight equipment, journey planning, hazards, tips and tricks and also incident management including night paddling.

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WSA SUP Surf Instructor

  • SUP Surf Instructor £280
  • Duration – 2 days training & 1 day Assessment

The WSA Sup Surf instructor course is an industry leading course designed to equip the instructor with a thorough knowledge of how to conduct a SUP surf lesson, how to teach technical SUP surf manouevres in a logical and sequential way and most importantly to discuss safety and etiquette issues involving SUP surf safety. Learn from the UK’s number one ranked SUP surfer Matt Barker-Smith

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WSA Fitness Instructor

  • SUP Fit Instructor £95
  • Duration – 1 day
  • Are you a fitness industry trainer looking for new inspiration to train your clients? SUP fitness is one of the fastest growing SUP disciplines and is big business so why not become part of this group? Combine your gym/fitness knowledge and experience with our SUP fit course and open up a whole new world of training!

    Prior to attending this course you must have attended the WSA Safety and rescue and SUP Foundation instructor course.

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WSA Ready to Race Instructor

  • SUP Race Ready Instructor £95
  • Duration – 1 day
  • Want to prepare individuals, club members or general clients for SUP entry level racing?  This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to prepare your clients to enter their first race or become better racers.

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WSA SUP Advanced Race Coach

  • SUP Advanced Race Coach £280
  • Duration – 2 days Training & 1 day Assessment
  • Prepare advanced training plans, learn about nutrition, design specific exercise programmes, test industry latest equipment and clothing and learn from the UK’s no 1 fastest racer – Ryan James.  Pre-requisite is to have completed the WSA SUP Race Ready Instructor course.

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WSA SUP White Water Coach

  •  SUP White Water Instructor £280
  • Duration – 2 days Training & 1 day assessment

    An essential course for those ready to run rivers.  The course covers hydrology, breaking in and out, surfing, hazard identification, equipment selection, leadership ideas and current issues surrounding white water in your area.  We will also look at the use of guidebooks and navigation.

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    WSA SUP White Water Rescue

    •  SUP White Water Rescue £230
    • Duration – 2 days

      Remit – rivers up to grade 3

      Pre Requisite – Paddling ability on grade 2 to 3 white water

      This course is designed for those venturing onto white water.  The course covers essential skills to stay out of trouble and get yourself out of trouble and assist others.  We recommend this course for anyone wishing to try white water SUP whether you are paddling with friends or as a coach.  The course includes, defensive and aggressive swimming, throw bags, entrapment, board to swimmer rescues and setting up dafety on rapids.

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      WSA Conversion Courses

      • Surf Instructor to SUP £95
      • Duration – 1 day
      • WSA offers conversion courses for those who may have qualified as surf instructors and wish to become SUP instructors. WSA recognises prior learning and understands that having attended instructor courses in other coaching disciplines instructors do not need to repeat certain units that are standard across instructor courses. Our conversion courses will equip the instructor with additional skills relevant to SUP.

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      WSA BCU to SUP Discipline Support Module

      • BCU Kayak/Canoe to SUP £95
      • Duration – 1 day
      • WSA offers a 1 day BCU course for individuals that have qualified as BCU kayak/canoe instructors and wish to become SUP instructors. WSA recognises prior learning and understands that having attended instructor courses in other coaching disciplines instructors do not need to repeat certain units that are standard across instructor courses. Our conversion courses will equip the instructor with additional skills relevant to SUP.

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