Level 1 SUP | VDWS

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Level 1 SUP Instuctor Seminar

You´re passionate about Stand up paddling open minded and love working with other people? You are rather outside on the beach than inside an office and flexibility is one of your great strengths? 

Well than, becoming a SUP Instructor might just be the right thing for you!  Joining one of our SUP Instructor courses will be your chance to turn your passion for Paddleboarding into a profession! If you´re in doubt if your knowledge and riding level is sufficient, take a minute and test yourself. 

Test your Knowledge

Is your basic theoretical knowledge sufficient to join an ITC?

Test your Paddling

Are your paddling skills sufficient to pass the exam?

Safe paddling and the examination maneuvers. No teaching background is required. However, the candidate should be familiar with the VDWS instructor file theory. 

To complete the Instructor Level 1 Licence:

  • SUP Instructor Course
  • pass parctical exam
  • pass teaching exam
  • membership VDWS
  • 18 years

All requirements compact & videolink


  • Movement instructions and keywords, movement descriptions, movement tasks 
  • Instructor's behaviour, mistake analysis and correction 
  • Techniques of board control 
  • Movement learning 
  • Introduction into course planning and design 
  • Example of a beginner course 
  • VDWS SUP-System, Safety Check Card and Workbook
  • Watersport and environmental problems 
  • Meteorology, equipment, safety and health 
  • Job description watersport instructor

Duration: 4 days

Price: 360€

Extra Costs: getting there, accommodation, equipment

The practical examination consists skills of board control and paddle techniques.

In a buoy course, two buoys at a distance of 40 meters, you paddle to and fro, once in each direction. 
On the first way, your feet are parallel and you use the paddle only one hand side. The first buoy must be rounded with a crossbow turn, the second buoy with a kick turn. 

Demonstration lesson
During the demonstration lesson, the teaching ability in the field of beginner courses will be tested.

Written examination
The written examination covers the theoretical, practical and methodical aspects of the training, it takes max 30 minutes

Course completion
Once the examination passed and the internship successfully completed, the candidate can hold the title of "VDWS SUP instructor".  

Dates VDWS SUP Instuctor Seminar

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A strong partner worldwide

There are more then 540 watersportcenters in more then 35 countrys in the world. The VDWS consists of more then 4500 members, watersports instructors, school owners and center managers. Since the foundation in 1974 we were able to spread the fascination in windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and Stand up Paddling to more then 3 million watersports beginners!


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VDWS SUP Academy

To successfully take part in the Level 1 SUP Instructor training we recommend you to deal with the theoretical and practical requirements of the course. That will help you to have a good time during your instructor training. Take a look at our SUP tutorial series and test your knowledge.