STAND UP PADDLE BOARD & KAYAK CLASSES



HOW TO SIGN UP
Click on a class below for an in-depth description and view our Student Skill Level Chart below to determine the best class for you. Contact us to discuss your interests and how we can best assist you and our rates are listed at the bottom of each class page. Beginners and those that haven't paddled in a while should start with SUP Basics 1. *We prefer to chat with you before you sign up.
STAND UP PADDLING BASICS, LEVEL 1 – 3 HOURS – For beginners. Learn about gear, standing up, turns, paddling straight, falling safely and paddling in boat wakes and wind.

STAND UP PADDLING BASICS, LEVEL 2 – 3 HOURS – For experienced paddlers. Refine your forward stroke, learn rough water skills, rescues, racing tips, buoy turns and reading water.

FREIGHTER WAVE SURFING CLASS – Learn to SUP surf in Seattle on waist- to chest-high waves from container ships. Freighter waves break on shore like coastal beach waves. This is a class for beginning to advance surfers and requires at Level 1 paddling skills. Spring to Fall.

TIDAL RAPIDS AT DECEPTION PASS – 1/2 day - Learn to paddle in river current in an amazing location. This class is a great confidence builder, and an ideal way to cross-train for downwinding, surfing, and paddle trips.

SUP SURF CAMP – For a more in-depth sup surfing experience, join us on the Washington coast for a 2 day surf camp. This class requires Level 1 paddling skills and is great for beginning to experienced SUP surfers who want to learn the basics or improve skills.

SEA KAYAKING 101 or 102 – Learn the basics of sea kayaking for the Pacific Northwest. These classes will prepare to rent on your own and take and overnight day trips on Puget Sound or lakes.

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL CHART



BEGINNER: You have had no or limited experience on a board or have limited skills. You aren’t comfortable in bumpy water, have only paddled a few times and/or haven’t fallen off a board yet. (If you haven’t fallen, you’re likely not pushing your skills to the next level.) Take our SUP Sampler or SUP Basics Level 1 Course.

LEVEL 1: Advanced Beginner. You are relaxed standing on a board, know how to paddle straight, have directional control, and can fall off and get back on your board. Some experience paddling with boat wakes or wind waves.

LEVEL 2: Intermediate. You have solid flat water paddling skills, which includes the ability to turn and stop with ease in both flat or bumpy water. You are able to walk on a board and know how to execute both a cross-bow and pivot turn. You are relaxed paddling in small boat wakes, wind waves up to 3’ or swell up to 4′. You are able to navigate gentle current to 4 knots and/or at least a class 2 river. You have water safety skills and are able to self-rescue or assist with a group rescue in rough water.

LEVEL 3: Advanced. You have at least 2 years of paddling experience in open water, river and/or surf, and are comfortable with large wind waves to 4′, surf to 6′ and/or fast moving current and winds to 30+kts. You have water safety skills and are able to self-rescue or assist with a group rescue in rough water.


"Okay, I admit it. I am a demanding student, wary of wannabe "instructors" who buy a few boards and think they can ride the wave of trendiness of SUP, providing mediocre at best lessons. That was not what I found with Rob. Rob has committed not only to becoming an expert instructor but also to promoting excellence in SUP instruction. He was accommodating, knowledgable and able to take anyone from novice to advanced to a new level of ability. We had a great time and I feel really good about my whitewater skills moving both upstreams using eddies and downstream in current. I just wish I had time to take the surf lessons! Even though I travel from Portland ME, I plan on going back and Salmon Bay Paddle is the primary reason!" Heidi H, Portland, Maine

"Safety and prevention of injury are extremely important to Rob and that is why I am continuing paddling sessions. There is not a moment in his instruction that he is not thinking of both. He accommodates your level of comfort and meets your learning pace. This is an amazing sport for women over 60. Great for balance and core strength. I am conquering my fears with his help." Debra O

"I've been paddling on flat water for about a year and thought I was pretty good. Then Rob patiently explained how to make my paddling more efficient, how to deal with swells and choppy water and how to be more comfortable and safe on the board. In one hour, I became a much better paddler. If SUP is new to you or if you've been at it for a while, Rob will help you have more fun on a paddle board." Karsten H, Bend, OR