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What is a BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor?

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world. Its easily accessible and fun for all the family. This means there has been a huge increase in the demand for qualified instructors. Activity holiday companies all over the world are looking for SUP instructors to teach beginners, lead paddle board trips and provide safety cover and advice for their SUP hungry customers.

At Flying Fish we have recognised this and that’s why we have added the BSUPA Instructor qualification to selected courses at our training base in Vassiliki, Greece.

Flying Fish paddleboard instructor

BSUPA stands for British Stand Up Paddle Association they aims to protect and promote the sport of paddle boarding in the UK. They govern the BSUPA Instructor Pathway.

The BSUPA Level 1 Ready to Ride Instructor

This qualification allows watersports instructors to be in charge of up to 6 students and 6 boards at one time. In order to pass students will have a wide range of knowledge on subjects such as site assessment, teaching psychology, weather, tides, rescue techniques and teaching drills as well as a detailed knowledge of SUP equipment. Successful instructors at the end of the course will be able to demonstrate the BSUPA “ready to ride technique” as well as a range of turning and recovery strokes.

What does that mean for Flying Fish Students?

Flying Fish are now including the SUP instructor qualification on the 6 week Windsurf Instructor Course, the High Wind Windsurf Instructor Course and the Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor Course.

During the Flying Fish instructor training in Vassililki, SUP sessions are scheduled in the morning on the beautiful flat water where we can teach you all the skills and prerequisites needed for the BSUPA Level 1 assessment. Which will take place at the end of your course.

You will also get the chance to do paddle board trips, mini races and try a wide range on the latest equipment. Get in touch today for more details on this.

Paddleboard Vassiliki

The BSUPA Instructor Course is the perfect addition to the CV for any Water Sports Instructor looking for employment in the UK or Overseas. The Level 1 Ready to Ride Instructor requires an RYA Powerboat Level 2, a Valid First Aid Certificate as well as an RYA Instructor Qualification; all of which can be gained with Flying Fish in Vassiliki.

Full list of pre-requisites for BSUPA Level 1 Instructor:

  • Current member of BSUPA, Click Here to Join.
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Minimum age 18
  • Valid Water Sports First Aid qualification (within the last 3 years)
  • Valid RYA Instructor Qualification
  • Riding ability, competent on a range of boards – be able to demo-short paddle strokes, step back and reverse paddle turns- board 360s body 360s foot and paddle steering, basics push turns and paddle boarding in reverse
  • Minimum 40 hours SUP experience before course
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