ISA to Launch Flat Water StandUp Paddle Instructor Accreditation Course

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Flatwater SUP allows you to have fun in a river, lake or in a pool. Photo: IOSUP

New SUP Course and membership of IOSUP signal a step forward for fast growing sport

The International Surfing Association (ISA), surfing’s World Governing Authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to announce the launch of the new Level 1 ISA Flat Water (FW) StandUp Paddle Instructor Accreditation Course.

“SUP is the fastest growing sport in the world. To satisfy the growing demand from our NGBs for SUP instructors, the ISA is launching this groundbreaking Flat Water Instructor Course, which will instantly become the gold standard for SUP instructors around the world,” said ISA President, surfer and SUP enthusiast, Fernando Aguerre. “We are already seeing SUPers having fun and competing in places we never imagined for surfers – lakes, flat-water rivers, estuaries and bays.”

The ISA’s goal with this new course is to ensure that safe, proven and effective instruction techniques are used by the growing number of SUP instructors not only in the ocean but beyond coastal waters.

The ISA FW SUP Instructor Accreditation Course will be launched by the ISA’s existing Coaching & Instructing Program Organizers, who operate in many countries worldwide. The initial course will take place in Riccione, Italy on the Adriatic Sea, on the 26th and 27th of November, 2011.

Additionally, the ISA has recently confirmed that the International Organization of StandUp Paddle (IOSUP), which is based in Spain, is now an ISA-Recognized International Surfing Organization. IOSUP’s main purpose is to deliver SUP training programs, which it will do in many European countries and elsewhere if ISA Member Nations request their service.

ISA President Aguerre commented, “Having IOSUP as one of our allies will enable the ISA to continue to develop surfing and SUP globally. This is a great step for the sport.”

Fernando Labad, President of IOSUP added, “It’s an honor and the recognition of a job well done for several years developing SUP globally. From the beginning we followed an order, helping with our knowledge and professionalism to assist schools, SUPers, clubs, regional and national federations. Now, we’re really happy about doing it along with the ISA. We want to help expand the sport that we love so much.”

The launch of the new ISA Course as well as IOSUP’s membership coincides with the annual ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship that will be held for the first time in Miraflores, Lima, Peru from February 20 to 25, 2012. Event information is available at

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