ASI Level 3 Downwind & Distance Paddling is the third level of stand up paddle knowledge and skills.
SUP downwinding uses special SUP boards, the ocean swells and wind to help propel you along. It requires skill and strategy to judge the best peaks and troughs (runners) so you remain on course.
Stand up paddle with correct technique, confidence and safety in downwind locations for distances of 10 km (6 miles) wit wind speed between 15 to 20knots.
Locations and Conditions
Wind speed greater than 15 knots and less than 20knots
Swell size up to4 ft swell
White capping waves
Offshore up to 500 metres (1,640 ft) is ideal but up to 700 metres (2,300 ft) with additional risk assessment
Distance up to 10 kms (6 miles)
Swim 50 metres (164 ft), without stopping
ASI Stand Up Paddle (Exposed Waters) skill and knowledge
12ft 6' downwind stand up paddle board
Environment & Safety
Identify types of wind direction and strength
Identify SUP hazards and self rescue techniques at 500 metres offshore
Demonstrate correct wipe-out in high wind conditions
Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette (rights of way)
Planning and logistics including launch and arrival points
Equipment & Clothing
Choose suitable SUP downwind paddle board and equipment
Identify wave mechanics to maximize performance
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)
ASI SUP Wise (Downwind)logbook
ASI SUP Wise DownwindLevel 3 Participation Certificate
6 sessions (3 hrs each session)+ practice
20-60 hours in total(depending on personal sports abilty and previous on water experience).