LEVEL 1 OR 2
Learn a solid forward stroke, three turns, how to stop, go sideways, paddle backwards, how to fall safely and get back on the board. At the end of this class you'll have enough skills and confidence to paddle on your own on flat water and bumps such as boat and wind waves. You'll also have stronger skills than many paddlers who have been paddling for years. We will also discuss making smart decisions, how to read the water, day trip planning and marine navigation. Good balance not required! You may see harbor seals, bald eagles, sea lions & marine life, as well as views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt Rainier, Mt Baker and Bainbridge and Whidbey Islands.
Level 2 - For those who have taken our SUP Basics Level 1, SUP Sampler or has similar experience. Refine your forward stroke, learn new turns, increase your stability on bumps and build your skills paddling in wind and current. If available learn how to surf boat or freighter waves..
Routes: Shilshole Bay, Shilshole Marina or Chittenden Locks depending on conditions. More experienced paddlers may visit the West Point Lighthouse if conditions allow.
Things You'll Learn
Location: Shilshole Bay, Seattle. See below about custom locations.
Duration: 3 hours. We won't be paddling for 3hrs - the beginning of class is on land.
Schedule: Saturday mornings 10am. Check our calendar for dates. Or contact us for a time that best fits your schedule.
Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:6
Video playback may be used to help you learn.
Instructor Follow-up. Rob will send you a summary of skills you learned in class. He'll stay in touch with you after class to assist with finding affordable paddling equipment and offer tips on where to paddle in the NW.
What's the difference between this class and our 90-minute SUP sampler class? You'll learn more skills and have 2x more water time to refine your technique.
Who Should Attend?
"Rob is great and really patient with his students! I took the 2.5 hour basic class and he set me up for success - providing all the gear and instruction I needed to make sure I was warm and safe out on the water. My primary goal was to learn enough to not look like a fool on the water but he taught me much more than that - I was doing pivot turns, walking up and down the board, and maneuvering around boat traffic, current and wind by the end of the class! I got the sense that it was really important to him that I enjoy the sport and provide me with the tools and confidence to continue on my own." Jessica Barnes, 2016
2 Person Rate: 299 per person. Rental gear free with class cost.
Individual Rate (1-1): 359. Rental gear free with class cost.
All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.
Alumni/Repeat Classes: $10 off per person.
Available all year. Last minute classes ok.
Rob Casey is very knowledgeable about the sport and the surrounding environment. I not only learned basic paddle boarding techniques, but also cool turns, what to do when there are waves, and great safety tips. I've taken SUP "lessons" before, but none were as detailed or effective as Rob's. Shilshole Bay was beautiful - saw lots of marine life like starfish and crabs. I'd definitely take another lesson or tour with Salmon Bay Paddle next time I'm in Seattle.