Instructor Courses

Become a BSUPA Instructor! We are proud to run British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) Instructor Level 1 training courses (2-days) at our beautiful teaching lake (Home Water Lake at Chigborough Farm, near Maldon in Essex) and also at BSUPA School sites, when whole internal teams need to be qualified. This course qualifies an individual to teach BSUPA Ready to Ride Level 1* courses to a maximum of 6 students on a suitable area of water within the infrastructure of a BSUPA recognised school. Frangipani SUP Director Anni is a Director of BSUPA, a qualified BSUPA Trainer and Advanced SUP Race Coach, a Team England paddler and she has a masters degree in Training and Performance Management. She looks forward to helping you on your Instructor journey!

“BSUPA Instructor Courses in Essex with Frangipani SUP”

“I am very proud to train Instructors for Center Parcs BSUPA SUP schools and centres around the UK, it is something about which I am very passionate!”

Anni Ridsdill Smith

Here are the important details:

BSUPA Instructor Level 1 Course – The course runs over two days from 0900-1700hrs at Home Water Lake, Chigborough Farm, Essex. Cost (£250pp) includes manual and completion certificate. Free tea and coffee. There is a seasonal campsite on site, which can be booked directly with Chigborough Farm.

Prerequisites (which apply to all BSUPA Level 1 Instructor courses, not just those run by us):

  1. Current member of BSUPA
  2. Minimum age 18
  3. Able to swim 25m clothed
  4. Valid First Aid qualification (This can be a one-day face to face emergency First Aid Course and it can, if necessary, be obtained within 6 months after you have completed this course but your Instructor certificate can not be issued until the First Aid qualification is complete and certification has been provided to BSUPA.)
  5. Riding ability: competent on a range of boards, be able to demo-short paddle strokes, step back turns, reverse paddle turns, board 360s, body 360s, foot and paddle steering, basic push turns, paddle boarding in reverse and speed test
  6. Minimum 40 hours SUP experience before course
  7. A Personal Action/ Development Plan will be issued at the end of the course which will require full completion including shadow teaching on BSUPA ‘Ready to Ride’ courses at BSUPA recognised schools, within 6-12 months. Evidence must be submitted to BSUPA before an Instructor qualification certificate/number is issued. The certificate lasts for 3 years, as long as the first aid qualification is still current.
  8. After the successful completion of this course and once the Personal/Development Plan activities have all been successfully completed, evidenced and accepted by BSUPA Head Office (and an Instructor qualification certificate/number is issued) the individual is able to teach BSUPA Ready to Ride Level 1 courses to a maximum of 6 students on a suitable area of water within the infrastructure of a BSUPA recognised school. It is important to note that to take people on any kind of SUP tour, the BSUPA Instructor Level 2 qualification is required.

*It is a good idea (but not mandatory) to have completed a BSUPA Ready to Ride Level 1 course yourself before coming on this instructor course, so that you know what it is you are being qualified to teach! Please see our Ready to Ride page for more details of our courses.

If you would like some time with us working on/testing your paddling skills before you come to this course, please feel free to book yourself for some 1:2:1 Coaching with Anni. Email us and let us know what you want to work on and we can arrange sessions to meet your needs.

Please email at any time or call 07597 094233 to chat to Anni about your plans.