Location Definition

  • Coastal beaches, bays and harbours, and large inland bodies of water 
  • Greater than 1km (0.6 miles) wide 

Location Conditions

  • Flat water
  • No shore break 
  • No uneven waters – no swell or chop 
  • No breaking waves
  • Wind speed less than 12 knots, offshore wind less than 10 knots 
  • Water depth no less than 1m (3ft) 
  • No more than 250 metres (820ft) from shore
  • ​Free from hazards (hazards includes: boats, rocks, rips and currents, 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 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor (Exposed Waters) or Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Technical Coach (Exposed Waters)
  • 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 clients (1 group) to be in the one place in the water at any one time. If there are more than 8 clients (1 group), the groups are to be separated by a minimum 100 metres.  (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