Location Definition

  • Inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals, harbours 
  • No wider than 1 km (0.6 miles)

Location Conditions

  • Flat water with no swell or breaking waves 
  • Wind speed less than 12 knots
  • Water flow less than 4 knots
  • Water depth no less than 1m (3ft) 
  • A minimum of 200 metres (650ft) from river mouth 
  • No more than 250 metres (820ft) from shore
  • Free from hazards (hazards includes: boats, boat ramps rocks, fishing lines, submerged objects, oyster beds, pollution, dangerous marine creatures, etc. )

If the conditions are greater than those stated above, the SUP activity should not proceed.    


  • Suitable flat water paddle boards
  • Suitable paddles with correct blade
  • Coiled leashes must be fixed to the board

Instructor Qualifications

  • Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) or Level 1 Stand Up Paddle Technical Coach (Enclosed Flat Water)
  • Current Water Rescue or Surf Rescue 
  • Current Senior First Aid
  • Working with children check (as applicable to the country)



At least 8 years of age (guide only – to take into consideration strength needed to paddle against wind and tide).

Entry Requirements

Able to swim 50 metres (165ft)

Student Management

Instructor to Student Ratio

No more than 8 students to 1 fully accredited instructor (1:8)

Group Size

No more than 8 students (1 group) to be in the one place in the water at any one time.   (for busy locations)    

The groups are to be separated by a minimum 100 metres (328ft).  (for busy locations)     

Paddling Safety 

  • Students and instructors wear leash at all times
  • In shallow water and water depth less than 3ft and on entry and exit to water, participants must paddle on knees or bum
  • The instructor is to be on a board, in the water, close to students at all times