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SUP Fundamentals – 4 Class Series


Learn the basics of SUP in three 2 hour classes and a full day testing your new skills in the tidal rapids of beautiful Deception Pass State Park. You’ll finish the class as a Level 2 or intermediate skilled paddler with the ability to paddle over waves, in wind, and have the confidence to paddle on your own.

Held on Shilshole Bay and Deception Pass State Park, you’ll see harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, sea life and Olympic Mountain vistas.

Who Should Take This Class? Beginners or experienced paddlers seeking comprehensive instruction to improve your skills.


  • How to stand up with confidence on flat first then bumpy water
  • Balance and bracing techniques to stay stable in any conditions
  • Several turns – Sweeps, pivot/buoy and crossbow13256194_10207694905223896_3798706353258155950_n
  • Paddling equipment. You’ll try different boards from surf style to racing and touring boards
  • How to carry and car-top your board
  • How to install a fin and leash.
  • How to outfit your board for trips
  • A fast, powerful and efficient yet injury free forward stroke
  • How to choose paddling spots, plan a day trip and outfit your board
  • Marine weather forecasting and basic navigation
  • Water safety and rescues. Learn the flip rescue and others.
  • How to safely fall off and easily climb back on your board.
  • How to paddle in wind, rough water, with boat wakes and in small surf.
  • How to paddle in the river like conditions of Deception Pass. Learn how to enter and leave current, ferry across current, learn to read tide and current charts, how to read the water and surf standing waves.



Playing in the ebb under the bridge at Deception Pass

Format: Three two hour classes on Shilshole Bay and a full day at Deception Pass. (Note: We go at your pace and will take breaks, especially during the Deception Pass day).

Class Size: 6 People

Location: Shilshole Bay, Seattle.

Instructor to Student Ratio – 2:6


Exploring the backwaters of Deception Pass


Class size – 6 people.

$523 per person – With your own gear.

$559 per person. Without your own gear. Cost includes stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves and helmet for Deception Pass.


April 19, 20, 22, 23

May 16, 18, 20, 21

June 13, 15, 17, 18

July 11. 12. 15. 16

Aug 22, 24, 26, 27

This class can be available as a 1-1. Call for details.


QUESTIONS OR SIGN UP / Tel 206.465.7167


KIDS Paddle Boarding!

Learning the pivot turn.

Learning the pivot turn.

Our patient expert instructors will teach you child water safety and the basics of stand up paddling on beautiful Shilshole Bay. Our patient expert instructors will cover the basics of paddling while having loads of fun. See bald eagles, friendly harbor seals, blue herons, and abundant sea life below our feet with views of the Olympic Mountains.

We have a great instructor to student ratio to ensure your child will be safe while getting the most attention possible to learn new skills. All kids will wear a vest PFD, leash and wetsuit if temps are cooler. We also wear booties to protect our feet from rocky Puget Sound beaches.

We work with kids 8 – 18 years of age.

Foundation Skills:  (Varies per age group)

  • Best equipment to useFreshwater Bay Boat Ramp, Port Angeles, WA USA
  • How to size a paddle
  • Board anatomy
  • Water safety – Proper use of lifejackets and leashes.
  • Boating right of way
  • Paddling in boat wakes and wind waves
  • How to stand with confidence
  • How to fall safety and climb back on
  • Bracing for stability
  • How to plan for a paddle
  • How to paddle straight

    Fun Tandem Paddling on Shilshole Bay

    Fun Tandem Paddling on Shilshole Bay

  • Carrying boards
  • Turns – Sweeps, Crossbow and pivot/buoy turns

Now the Fun Stuff!  (Varies per age group)

  • How to spin a board 360 degrees from both ends!
  • How to paddle tandem – 2 kids on a board at once!
  • How to paddle without a fin, paddle backwards and sideways
  • Prone paddling – Surfer style with hands – no paddle!
  • Walking on a board – Great skills for surfing.
  • Learn to race! We have a big race community in Seattle
  • Learn to Surf if small waves are available from passing boats
  • How to paddle in wind. We Love wind – it provides free rides20160124_152306[5]
  • Enjoy our rich marine life on Shilshole Bay – Harbor seals visit us daily!
  • Games – Races, relays, balance fun…


Schedule: Contact us for a time that fits your schedule!

Location: Shilshole Bay, Seattle.

Instructor to Student Ratio – 1-1 / 2:4 / 3:6



Group: 2 – 6 kids: $95 per person.

Individual (1-1): $145  Most personalized coaching.

Alumni / Repeat Classes: $10 off per person

Candle fish and moon jellies

Candle fish and moon jellies

All gear included in pricing  

Available all year.


Call us to schedule a lesson that fits your scheduleLast minute bookings welcome. 

QUESTIONS?  OR TO SIGN UP: / Tel 206.465.7167 copy



Who We Are. We provide personable small group and individual SUP lessons in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler we can help you get to the next level. Our expert PSUPA certified instructors are friendly, patient, have a strong focus on safety and love what they do. Our classes cover SUP basics to surf, paddling in current, coastal surfing, and Freighter and Tug wave surfing.  We also offer SUP Instructor Training and Certification through the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA).

We are a Mobile business founded by SUP and Kayak guidebook author Rob Casey. Rob’s books include ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound.” Click to learn more about us.  

St Paddles Day Paddling RaceMarch 18th – This is the 5th annual race which we co-host at Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal, WA. Click here for details.

What Sets Us Apart..

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Rob surfing freighter waves in Ballard

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