Learn basic techniques from a friendly certified instructor to get acquainted with paddle boarding, while gaining confidence on the water. Held on Shilshole Bay, with the beautiful Olympic Mountains in the background, you’ll encounter a variety of marine wildlife and are likely to see harbor seals and bald eagles. Depending on conditions, you may paddle in Shilshole Marina, to Discovery Park, or to the Chittenden Locks.

Things You'll Learn

  • How to stand with confidence
  • Directional control - 2 turns
  • How to stop, paddle sideways, and backwards
  • An efficient forward stroke
  • Water safety and basic marine navigation
  • Learn about paddling clothing and gear
  • How to install a fin and leash
  • How to paddle over boat wakes and in wind
  • How to paddle prone, kneel and sitting
  • How to fall and get back on your board
  • How to carry your board
  • How to tie a board onto your car



    Cost include free use of all gear: board, paddle, leash, PFD, wetsuit and booties. You’re also welcome to bring your own gear.

    Group Class: $85 per person. This is a class with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 4 people with a 1 to 4 instructor to student ratio.
    Private Class (1-1): $159. This is the best option for more personalized coaching and a course specifically tailored to your goals.
    Alumni Discount: $10 off for returning students.
    Saturday mornings at 8am or call us to schedule a lesson that fits your schedule.