Stand Up Paddle Board Classes

How to Sign Up – Click on a menu item below to find out more about the classes we offer. Check our Calendar to find the best time for your schedule. Contact us to discuss your interests and how we can best assist you – We prefer to chat with you before signing up.  See our Student Skill Level Chart below to determine the best class for you. Prices are available at bottom of each class/tour page and most options include free rental equipment.


SUP BASICS  Level 1 – 2.5hrs Twice as much water time than the SUP Sampler. Learn the basics from standing up, three turns, how to paddle straight, fall and climb back on safely and learn how to paddle in boat wakes and light wind. These are essential skills for any paddler. Inquire if you’re think you’re ready for our Level 2 class, (See our skill levels below). 

STAND UP PADDLING FUNDAMENTALS – 4 Class Series – Learn the basics of SUP building your skills in three flat water classes in Seattle, then test your new skills in beautiful Deception Pass on your last day!

FREIGHTER WAVE SURFING CLASS – Learn to SUP surf in Seattle on waist to chest high waves from ships!  These waves break on shore after the ship has passed like a regular surf break. Beginners start on small waves. Learn how to paddle out, catch waves, turn and safe surfing etiquette.  Level 1.  Spring to Fall only. 

TIDAL RAPIDS AT DECEPTION PASS – Learn to paddle in river current in an amazing location.  A great confidence builder and cross training for downwinding, surf and paddle trips on Puget Sound. Level 1.

SUP SURFING – Learn to surf a SUP on the Washington coast! You’ll learn how to forecast surf, choose the right beach for your level, how to paddle out, catch and surf ocean waves. You’ll learn how to turn, fall safely and how to surf with others. We’ll also cover surfing equipment. Available all year.

TUG WAVE SURFING CLASS – Catch epic waves from tugs with possible half mile rides on Puget Sound. Previous surfing skills required as tug waves break in deep water offshore. Level 2. Available all year.

SURF CAMPS – Learn SUP surfing in 2 & 4 fun days on the Washington coast!  For those new to surfing, Level 2 paddlers to experienced SUP surfers wanting to learn the basics or improve your skills. Learn timing, control, paddling out, catching waves, surf forecasts and much more.

Available upon request – 


 KAYAKING 101 – Learn to sea kayak in the Pacific Northwest!  Learn about gear, how to outfit your boar, how to capsize and recover safely, turning, bracing for stability and an efficient forward stroke. Class will be held at Aqua Verde.  


Questions or Sign-Up: / Tel 206.465.7167


Salmon Bay Paddle Student Skill Level Chart: 

Beginner – No experience on a board or limited skills. You aren’t comfortable on bumps, have only paddled a few times and/or haven’t fallen off a board yet. Take our SUP Sampler, SUP Basics or Fundamentals Skills.

Level 1 – Advanced Beginner:  You can stand with ease, paddle straight, can turn with ease, and can fall off and get back on your board. Some experience with bumps such as boat wakes or wind waves.

Level 2 – Intermediate: Solid flat water paddling skills: ability to turn and stop with ease in flat or bumpy water. Ability to walk on board, do pivot turns. Rough water experience – ability to manage small boat wakes, wind waves to 3′ and/or navigate gentle current to 4 kts and/or a class 2-3 river. Comfortable with wind to 20kts and surf to 5′. Able to self or group rescue in rough water.

Level 3 – Advanced: At least 2 years of paddling experience in open water, river and/or surf. Comfortable with large wind waves to 4′, surf  to 6′ and/or fast moving current and winds to 30+kts. Able to self or group rescue in rough water.




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