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Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

The Paddle Sports Center is an ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) accredited SUP School. Our instructors have comprehensively been tested on expertise, risk management & professionalism. They have been certified and authorized to teach by the leading international standard in SUP accreditation. From beginners to advanced paddlers you will find a wealth of knowledge from our instructors. Lessons are individually tailored to improve your paddling skills, fitness & knowledge. Most lessons are taught in the Santa Barbara Harbor with a majestic backdrop of the Channel Islands National Park. All instructors are ASI accredited & CPR/First­Aid certified. Most have advanced medical training.

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SUP Level 1 – Enclosed Flat Water

Member w/dues $55
Member no dues $75
Non-Member $95


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Location: Santa Barbara California Harbor
Main Activity: SUP Instruction
Duration: 2 Hrs
Skill Level: No Experience Necessary
Included: Board, Paddle, Leash, PFD, Wetsuit

Skills Covered

Paddle effectively and safely on inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals that are not wider than 1 km, with no swell or breaking waves.

-   Understand the enclosed flat water environment
-   Identify SUP Hazards)
-   Choose a low risk SUP Location
-   Enter & Exit the water correctly
-   Paddle in standing position with balance and confidence
-   Paddle in kneeling position with balance and confidence
-   Demonstrate correct method to change direction
-   Demonstrate correct paddling technique
-   Demonstrate safe wipe-out and dismount
-   Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette
-   Choose suitable board and equipment
-   Identify self rescue techniques and when to apply them
-   Identify how to care for the SUP environment
-   Learn about local history and wildlife

SUP Level 3 – Downwind & Distance

Member w/dues $55
Member no dues $75
Non-Member $95


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Location: Santa Barbara California Harbor
Main Activity: SUP Instruction
Duration: 2+ Hrs
Other Activities:
Skill Level: SUP Level 1 & 2 Completed
Included: Board, Paddle, Leash, PFD, Wetsuit

Skills Covered

Paddle effectively and safely, for a distance of 10 km, and following seas, (waters) on coastal or inland bodies of water. Distance paddling locations are defined as wide open stretches of water such as exposed coastal waters and protected bays, lakes, lagoons. Swell size up to 4 ft, no more than 500 metres from shore. Downwind locations are wind behind and speed greater than 15 knots and less than 20 knots.

-   Planning and logistics including launch and arrival points
-   Identify types of wind direction and strength
-   Identify SUP hazards at 500 metres offshore
-   Identify SUP hazards at 500 metres offshore
-   Catch and ride “bumps”
-   Demonstrate correct paddling technique and stance
-   Identify how to vary your stroke rate and length
-   Identify how to vary foot placement (rail steering, maximum board run, sweet spot on board, maintain momentum)
-   Demonstrate correct wipe-out
-   Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette (rights of way)
-   Choose suitable board and equipment
-   Choose suitable clothing (wind chill factor)



SUP Level 2 – Exposed Waters

Member w/dues $55
Member no dues $75
Non-Member $95


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Location: Santa Barbara California Harbor
Main Activity: SUP Instruction
Duration: 2 Hrs
Skill Level: SUP Level 1 Completed
Included: Board, Paddle, Leash, PFD, Wetsuit

Skills Covered

Paddle effectively and safely in exposed water environments being coastal beaches, bays, harbours and inland bodies of water wider than 1km (0.6 miles). No breaking waves, shore-break up to 1 ½ feet, swell size up to 2ft.

-   Understand shoreline topography, tides and tidal flow
-   Identify SUP hazards associated with exposed waters
-   Identify the effects of wind with regards to SUP participation
-   Select a safe location for participation
-   Identify safe entry and exit points
-   Negotiate shore-break of up to 1.5 ft
-   Identify paddling technique and stance used in choppy waters
-   Fall and retrieve techniques in uneven waters + wind
-   Self rescue techniques (paddling prone or kneeling)
-   Selection of suitable board and equipment
-   Identify self rescue techinques and when to apply them


SUP Level 3 – Beginning SUP Surfing

Member w/dues $55
Member no dues $75
Non-Member $95


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Location: Santa Barbara California Harbor
Main Activity: SUP Instruction
Duration: 2 Hrs
Skill Level: SUP Level 1 & 2 Completed
Included: Board, Paddle, Leash, PFD, Wetsuit

Skills Covered

Trim along peeling waves in 1 ½ ft (½ metre) surf.

-   Understand the surf environment
-   Identify SUP surf hazards
-   Choose a safe SUP location
-   Identify safe places to enter and exit the surf
-   Negotiate waves
-   Correct paddling technique and stance
-   Catch and ride waves
-   Demonstrate correct wipe-out and mount/dismount
-   Demonstrate safe wipe-out and dismount
-   Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette
-   Choose suitable board and equipment
-   Identify how to care for the SUP environmen



logo-asi  Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) SUP Instructor Training


CIO hosts and teaches ASI Instructor courses throughout the year.  ASI has set the world standard in surf and paddle education.

  • At the end of the workshop, you will have lessons plans to start delivering quality SUP lessons with safety.
  • SUP tips and techniques specific to the location where you are providing SUP activities  e.g enclosed flat water , exposed surf, downwind.
  • Offers career progression with different level instructor levels, rescue courses and clinics.
  • Travel the world, part of the ASI worldwide network of professional SUP instructors
  • Eligible for the ASI instructor insurance with Philadelphia insurance at excellent rates and cover from $232 p.a.
  • Eligible for ASI accredited school status with an operational procedures and forms and training system for operating your SUP school

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Location: Santa Barbara, California
Main Activity: SUP Instruction
Duration: 4-16hrs
Skill Level: different requirements depending on course
Teacher: Fraser Kersey


Courses Offered

SUP Level 1: Enclosed Flat Water
SUP Level 2: Exposed Waters
SUP Water Safety Rescue Award


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