The ISYA Educational Standards overview

The ISYA was founded from an identified need to establish consistent SUP Yoga standards. With the increased popularity of SUP Yoga in the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of SUP Yoga Instructors and Instructor trainings.

Until recently, these trainings were not standardized therefore some courses neglected to incorporate basic safety and educational standards. 

The ISYA provides these crucial guidelines to help promote standardization in SUP Yoga certifications so there is consistency in course content delivery.

There have been inconsistencies in SUP Yoga Instructor training courses in terms of pre-requisites, entry requirements and assessment of competence.

 The ISYA  provides the guidance and support needed to advocate for safe SUP Yoga practices by providing standardisation in SUP yoga education and trainings.

SUP Yoga Assistant 

Pre Requisites in order to enrol in an assistant training
  • Water safety/rescue certificate
  • First aid certificate
  • Able to swim (minimum 50m unaided)

SUP Yoga Instructor Level 1

Pre Requisites in order to enrol in a level 1 training
  • Yoga teacher certificate (minimum 200 hours)
  • Have basic SUP experience, able to paddle confidently and/or a SUP foundations certificate
  • Able to swim (minimum 50 m unaided)
  • Current first aid/CPR certificate
  • Water rescue/ safety certificate
  • SUP Yoga experience recommended

(Note that some certifications above may be included within SUP Yoga instructor training packages)

SUP Yoga Instructor Level 2

Pre Requisites in order to enrol in a level 2 training
    • Yoga teacher certificate (minimum 200 hours)
    • SUP instructor certificate
    • Level 1 SUP Yoga instructor certificate
    • 100 hours SUP Yoga teaching experience
    • Current first aid certificate
    • Water rescue certificate

(Note that some certifications above may be included within SUP Yoga instructor training packages)

SUP Yoga Instructor Trainer

Pre Requisites in order to enrol in an instructor trainer program
  • Yoga teacher certification minimum 200 hours
  • Water safety/rescue certificate
  • Valid First Aid certificate/CPR
  • SUP Instructor certificate
  • SUP Yoga Instructor Level 1 & 2 certificate
  • 500 hours SUP Yoga teaching experience
  • Experience and/or qualification in Training and assessing

(Note that some certifications above may be included within SUP Yoga instructor training packages)

Looking for a SUP yoga instructor training program?

Check our directory for a list of accredited SUP Yoga training centers.

Accredited ISYA SUP Yoga training centers are the gold mark in SUP Yoga trainings, demonstrating the highest quality SUP Yoga education programs. Look out for the ISYA accredited training centre logo for reputable SUP Yoga instructor trainings.