I am a strong proponent of water safety and regulation, and continue to incorporate it into my stand up paddleboard business. The Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI) is an international organization offering accreditation in stand up paddleboard training and instruction, and Paddle Diva is an accredited ASI Stand Up Paddle Instructor Training Centre. My husband, Scott Bradley, is ASI certified SUP trainer.
During the week of September 12 through the 15, we will offer ASI SUP instruction certification at our Shagwong Marina headquarters in East Hampton. Scott will be leading SUP instructor certification training through ASI. There is still time to enroll in these ASI accredited courses, which include: SUP Instructor Water Rescue, SUP Instructor Flat-Water and SUP Instructor Exposed-Water.
Since there is a marine component in SUP that requires extensive training, it’s not enough to just know how to stand up paddleboard. ASI accreditation and certification programs are setting and leading the industry standards for SUP instruction. These educational and training programs are geared toward developing high quality and consistent water safety standards.
When you have ASI accreditation, it builds credibility with your clients and is a reliable sign of professional accountability. This is the reason all Paddle Diva instructors and staff are certified by the ASI. The rigorous training programs give us the expertise, knowledge and confidence to give our clients a safe water experience.
For the September training, the various levels of instruction will cover stroke techniques and water safety, along with how to perform rescues and manage students in case of an emergency. We also take the training beyond the classroom, by providing both dry-land classroom and on-water instruction time.
SUP Instructor Water Rescue course
The September 12 (half-day) SUP Instructor Water Rescue course covers simple rescues in SUP enclosed flat-waters, exposed-waters and beginner surf locations. The session goes through how to respond and apply SUP rescue techniques during emergency situations.
Level 1 SUP Instruction
The SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat-Water) is a foundational course, that will be held over two days on September 13 and 14. This is the entry-level qualification for working as a stand up paddle instructor and covers how to manage clients safely. It also helps you to develop the knowledge and skills to plan, conduct and assess instructional sessions for SUP flat-water locations. We go over a variety of paddling techniques, lesson plans and how to choose SUP boards and equipment.
Level 2 SUP Instruction
After completing Level 1, you can enroll in the SUP Instructor (Exposed Waters) course. This full-day training provides water rescue techniques and stand up paddle best practices when venturing out into open water. You learn about shoreline topography, wind, tidal flow and we cover how to give stand up paddleboard lessons in ocean environments with no breaking waves. We also include paddling techniques and how to manage groups of students safely in exposed water locations.
Overall, the ASI training courses are not only helpful for instructors, but also high-level SUP enthusiasts. It gives you the essential skills needed for a positive stand up paddleboard experience.