NZSUP Level 2 SUP Instructor

Level 2 consists of 2 parts

This course is for the instructor wanting to go beyond basic entry-level SUP experiences, and covers teaching progressor skills and operating in more challenging conditions on a commercial basis.   

It is a prerequisite of this course that the L1 SUP instructor qualification has been completed.

Part One: Online Learning

This part of the course consists of a series of distance learning modules, either online teaching via Zoom (to be held at scheduled times), or by viewing pre-recorded online discussions and webinars.  There will be about 8 hours of online learning in this phase, and candidates will be expected to practice aspects of the material in their own time, in preparation for the practical session. There will be a multi-choice exam as part of the final assessment covering the material in this part of the course. (Sample papers will be available for practice). Candidates are welcome to watch the online presentations as many times as they like.

Part Two: Practical Session

This will be around 6 hours duration, and will include classroom sessions and an exam covering the topics included in the distance modules, along with practice teaching sessions on the water, during which the candidate will be required to demonstrate their teaching skills, safety awareness and a simulated emergency or two.  Candidates will also be required to demonstrate specific paddling skills. Candidates will be fully briefed on what is expected of them at this practical session, prior to attending. Candidates who do not show the required competency level at this session will be debriefed on what they need to work on, and can re-attend a future practical session when they feel ready to have another go.

Other Requirements

Candidates for L2 Instructor must have already completed L1 instructor

Candidates will be required to hold a current First Aid qualification, of NZQA 6401, 6402 level.  This certificate must be shown when taking the practical assessment.

Paddling skills

Once registered for the course, candidates will be advised on the specific paddling skills required to complete the course. As some of the skills required may be new to candidates, guidance will be available on how to achieve them.

Fee: $200.

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The course breaks down as follows:

Distance Learning Modules

  1. Modules either via live Zoom discussion or pre-recorded Webinars will cover the following topics, amongst others.
  2. Progressor lessons general format
  3. Developing skills in turns, stances & paddle handling skills
  4. Developing skills in basic paddle technique
  5. Considerations for operating in more challenging conditions
  6. Intermediate faults and corrections
  7. Using lesson plans
  8. Equipment for progressor instruction 

Practical Session & Assessment

(candidates will receive written explanation prior to the session detailing what will be expected of them in terms of abilities and knowledge)

  1. Classroom session and discussion summarising online module material
  2. Written multi-choice test covering the essential material in the modules
  3. Intermediate lessons set-up and beach work practice and assessment
  4. Intermediate lessons on the water practice and assessment
  5. Paddling skills practice and assessment
  6. Final debrief and discussion. 


The fee for the L2 course are as follows:

$100 initial registration fee

This gets you access to all the online learning, and also the paddle skills check and feedback. (In other words, you get some free coaching on your skills as part of the package).  

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$100 practical session fee

Book and pay for this when you decide you are ready to take the practical session and assessment.  Please note that the fee is not refundable if you do not pass the assessment. You may retake the practical assessment (at $100 per time) as often as is required in order to pass. You will still have access to all the online learning material throughout this time at no extra cost.

(Please note the FAQ regarding special one-off practical sessions in urgent cases). 


Your qualification will begin as of the day after completing and passing the practical assessment. However, your license will initially be issued as a provisional qualification. You will be required to log your teaching sessions, and once you have 10 successful sessions logged you can apply to have your qualification upgraded to full status (no charge for this). 

Your qualification will be valid for 2 years. Revalidation (for full licenses only) will cost around $100 per further two years, but will also require a certain amount of other professional development, either in the form of online learning, further courses and/or attending an annual conference.

Along with your license, you will receive a comprehensive manual of course notes and information.

Please see the FAQ page for much more information about the various aspects of the course.