Location Definition

  • Inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals, harbours 
  • Coastal bays 

Location Conditions

  • ​Flat water
  • Minimal uneven waters – minimal chop
  • No swell
  • No breaking waves 
  • No shore break 
  • Wind speed less than 12 knots
  • Water depth a minimum of 1 metre (3ft)
  • Water depth no more than 1.2 metres (4ft) 
  • Standing depth for participants
  • No more than 50 metres (82ft) 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 SUP flat water board 
  • Suitable paddles with correct blade
  • Coiled leashes must be fixed to the board

Instructor Qualifications

  • SUP Fitness Instructor Level 2
  • Personal Trainer / Fitness certificate (eg. equivalent to UK REPS Level 1.  Australia  Level 4 Certificate). 
  • 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

No entry requirements

Student Management

Instructor to Student Ratio

No more than 16 students to 1 fully accredited instructor (1:16)
If more than 8 clients, an assistant is required (a competent paddler)

Group Size

No more than 16 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 

  • Boards to have coiled leashes attached at all times
  • Students and instructors wear leashes when paddling into position
  • Leashes are not worn when conducting fitness exercises
  • 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