ASI Stand Up Paddle Skills: Level 2 Exposed Water

Exposed Water locations represent more challenge due to the unstable water’s surface.

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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.


Coastal beaches and bays and harbours
A singular shore break up to 1.5ft and the absence of a series / procession of significant incoming breaking waves beyond (surf).
Long interval swell up to 2 ft beyond shore break
Minimal surface (wind) chop
No wind. Or wind less 12 knots, offshore winds less than 10 knots
No more than 250 metres (840 ft) offshore


ASI Level 1 Stand Up Paddle (Enclosed Flat Water) skill and knowledge


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 techniques and when to apply them

Demonstrate SUP manoeuvres:      
-back paddling
-step back pivot turn
-side stroke turn

Describe how to perform:
-kahi stroke (bow rudder stroke)
-reverse kahi stroke (reverse bow rudder stroke)
-bracing stroke - left and right
-power steering
-C stroke


ASI Level 2 Stand Up Paddle (Exposed Waters) Participation Certificate

ASI Learn to Stand Up Paddle (Exposed Waters) student workbook or logbook