SUP Instructor Tutor Recruitment

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Now Recruiting – SUP Instructor Tutors Open 19th September 2023

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland are now recruiting for SUP Instructor Tutors. Applications are now open and will close on Tuesday 17th October 12 noon.

As a SUP Instructor Tutor you will be supporting paddleboarders to take their first steps on their coaching pathway. You will develop their safety and instructor skills and provide them with their own clear development plan. You will give them the skills required to run fun and enjoyable starter and taster sessions for those new to the sport.


  • Being great at coaching rescue skills on a variety of paddleboards
  • Having experience of the demands of taster/starter sessions
  • Being able to deliver Personal Performance Awards
  • Once qualified, supporting aspirant Tutors to progress with their action plans

Essential Criteria:

  • Stand Up Paddleboard specific coaching qualification appropriate to the role. Minimum BCAB (Level 3) SUP Sheltered Water Coach.
  • Appropriate tutoring and assessing qualifications and awards (or the commitment to complete).

Desirable Criteria:

  • BCAB SUP Safer Provider


As a SUP Instructor Tutor you will be expected to agree and follow the Provider Service Agreement. You will also need to meet the Update Scheme requirements. This includes up to date British Canoeing membership, First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications. As well as completing some form of continuous personal development every three years. You will also be subject to internal verification and quality assurance checks on your courses and your course paperwork. Every year, there will be an expectation for you to attend standardisation sessions and every 3 years, you will attend a community learning event. These events provide great opportunities to  share best practice, standardise assessment practice and discuss any new developments within the award.

**Applications must be received before noon (12:00) Tuesday 17th October 2023**

Please complete this application form if you wish to apply for the role of SUP Instructor Tutor. You will not be able to save your application and return to it so you may find it helpful to prepare your answers separately and then paste in. See the attached Word version.

Link to Application Form

Supporting Documentation

If you have any questions about the role, the application process, or if you would like support/advice to help you complete your application please contact  

What happens next?

We will contact you by email by Friday 3rd November 2023 to inform you of the outcome.  If successful, you will need to complete some pre-reading and attend a 2-hour online orientation and 2 day practical face to face orientation.

Online Orientation – Tuesday 6th February 2024 18:30 – 20:30.

Orientation – Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th April 2024 at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Details to follow.

The practical 2-day face-to-face orientation event is to support the development of your understanding of the course and its delivery. This is compulsory for all applicants.

During the orientation events you will be working alongside other aspirant providers and a National Trainer.

The orientation fee will be £375, or early bird price of £325. This includes both the online session and 2-day practical face-to-face orientation. This does not include food or accommodation.

Action Plan

Following the orientation events, you will have an Individual Action Plan that will include any required actions or conditions identified and further professional development as required. In most cases you will have “Aspirant Paddlesport Instructor” status and be able to second staff courses immediately. This may not be the case if you have ‘essential’ elements from your application to attend to.

Trainer Recommendation

The process is concluded with confirmation that your delivery meets required standards by a person authorised to make a final recommendation, that is then validated by CANI. This normally takes place through the observation of you delivering a Paddlesport Instructor course with a recognised provider. You are then granted the ‘full’ role and able to deliver Paddlesport Instructor courses independently.