BSUPA Instructor

Level 1 Ready to Ride

Our 2 day course is designed for instructors new to watersports enabling you to teach the BSUPA Level 1 Course. Cost – £199 which includes manuals and certificates

Candidates should have a basic knowledge of SUP and ideally have a BSUPA “Ready To Ride Card”. Instructors will be expected to demonstrate short paddle-stroke, slow and fast paddle-stroke and recovery stroke.

Instructor candidates will give lectures and coach other students during the course. Instructor candidates will be assessed throughout the course on paddle skills, safety, group control and general SUP knowledge. There will be an exam and paddle test on the water. The course is divided up between the classroom and water and will cover site assessment, teaching psychology, weather, tides, rescue techniques and teaching drills. Finally, we will talk through SUP equipment and what's "out there" to complete your SUP knowledge.

The course includes BSUPA manual and certification

Pre-requisites Current member of BSUPA

Valid First Aid Certificate (minimum 2 Day course)

RYA Power Boat level 2

Minimum age 18
Riding ability Competent on a range of boards. Be able to demonstrate short paddle strokes, step back and reverse paddle turns, board 360's,body 360's, foot and paddle steering, basic push turns and paddle boarding in reverse.
Minimum experience 40 hours SUP experience before course.
Shadowing period Students without any previous water sports teaching experience or qualifications will be required to shadow qualified BSUPA instructors before certificates are issued.

BSUPA Conversion

Certified Instructors can join our 1 Day BSUPA Conversion course if they hold valid NGB qualifications in paddle-sports, windsurfing, surfing, kite-surfing or sailing. The course costs £145, which includes a certificate and manual.

As per Level 1 Ready to Ride, it is assumed that candidates can demonstrate relevant transferable skills from their other instructing specialities, such as site assessment, group control and teaching psychology. The Conversion Course focuses on SUP specific content. Shadow teaching will not be required.

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Nestled within the woods on the shores of Loch Insh, you'll discover eleven beautiful, self-catering log cabins with accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.
At the top of our complex, Insh Hall Lodge offers good quality, basic B&B rooms. The Hall has a large communal hall with log stove, and drying rooms. Continental breakfast is served in our beautiful restaurant overlooking the Loch.

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