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BSUPA is the only awarding body dedicated to Stand Up Paddle Boarding. It’s set up as a Not For Profit which is limited by guarantee. They approve SUP schools, run national championship and fun events.

We compare BSUPA to other SUP awarding bodies here

A summary of the qualifications available:

An overview of  the pathway

Level 1

Main Prerequisites

  • Power Boat Level 2
  • At least 40 hours of SUP experience

Getting it

  • Level 1 Course – 2 Days (1-day option if you have other watersports qualifications)
  • Shadowing teaching require before sign-off

Level 2

Level 2 is either Tour / Race OR Surf

Main Prerequisites

  • 100 hours delivery as a Level 1
  • Surf – Ability to ride head high waves
  • Tour / Race – Have entered races and or done tours
  • Both require a good level of fitness, knowledge of locations & equipment

Getting it

  • Attend a 2- day course
  • You can do a 3 day combined course and get both level 1 and 2.


This is either Surf OR Tour

Main Prerequisites

  • Level 1 & 2
  • 100 Hours teaching at a specialist schools
  • High level of personal skill

Getting it

  • You must apply to the BSUPA training team

BSUPA Trainer / Examiner

To become a Trainer you need extensive knowledge of SUP and be required to deliver instructor course in a geographical region. You need to apply to the BSUPA committee to become a trainer.

Booking Courses

There is a list of course running on the BSUPA website running HERE

The following organisations run courses:

2XS – West Wittering, West Sussex

Easyriders – Poole, Dorset

Bray Lake Watersports, Berkshire

Polkerris Beach Co, Cornwall

Sam Ross –

Lucy McCormick –

BSUPA Level 1 Instructor

A bit more detail on the level 1

Remit – Teach paddle boarding on a 1:6 ratio in sheltered conditions close to shore. This is ideal to work at activity centres in the UK teaching beginners sessions


  • Current member of BSUPA
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 otherwise you can get an Inland only qualification.
  • Be a competent paddle boarder IE step back turns and reasonable paddling technique.
  • Minimum 40 hours SUP experience before the course. This doesn’t have to be all teaching but some teaching experience is required before certificates are issued.
  • If you have not done any paddle boarding teaching before, a BSUPA Coach will have to come to observe you taking a session before a certificate is issued.

Getting it

It’s a 2-day course. You will have to do some preparation beforehand as well


The 2-day course costs about £199

For more information see HERE

BSUPA Conversion Instructor Course

Rather sensibly BSUPA does a conversion course which recognises other watersport qualifications. The course is done on 1 day (rather than 2) and costs £145 (rather than £199). It also recognises that your instructor skills from other sports and shadowing teaching won’t be required.

More info on the BSUPA website

You can find a list of course here