STAND UP PADDLE BOARD CLASSES



Why Hire Us?
Our personable 1-1 and small group classes allow you to learn at your own pace from professional instructors with a strong focus on safety. We are the only SUP school in the region that offers this level of attention to students. Benefits of joining SBP include our Alumni group FB page which is a great place to meet other paddlers and ask questions about paddling. We also stay in touch with our students to help with gear decisions and in their journey in becoming experienced paddlers. Our weekly alumni newsletter is packed full of useful paddling tips, techniques, local paddling trip ideas and leads to finding affordable gear. Read more about owner Rob Casey who is the author of two paddling guides, co-founder of the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association and listed as a pioneer of the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal Magazine.

How to Sign Up
Click on a class below for a description and price, then 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. We prefer to chat with you before you sign up.

All our classes are either on our calendar or can be taken as a private on your schedule. Beginners and those that haven't paddled in a while should start with SUP Basics 1 or our SUP Basics 1 Series. Note that we're a Mobile business with no shop and will meet you at the beach.


STAND UP PADDLING BASICS, LEVEL 1 – 3 HOURS – For beginners. Our patient instructors will work with you at your own pace to stand up, learn how to turn, paddle straight and gain confidence while learning how to be stable in wind and boat wakes. You'll also learn how to paddle up and downwind, fall safely and get back on your board.

STAND UP PADDLING BASICS, LEVEL 13 CLASS SERIES – For beginners or a great refresher. This class is a more in-depth version of SUP Basics 1. You'll have more water time to master the basics and get comfortable with your new skills in a variety of water conditions from light current and wind to boat wakes and possibly freighter waves if available.

STAND UP PADDLING BASICS, LEVEL 2 – 3 HOURS – For experienced paddlers wanting to get to the next level. Refine your forward stroke, learn bomber rough water skills, rescues, racing tips, easy buoy turns and reading water so you can get there faster with less effort.

ADVANCED SUP SKILLS, LEVEL 3 – 3 HOURS – For experienced paddlers looking to refine technique, break bad habits and learn super efficient turns, bracing and rough water skills.

FREIGHTER WAVE SURFING CLASS – Learn to SUP surf in Seattle on epic waist- to chest-high waves from fast container ships. Freighter waves break on shore like coastal beach waves. This is a class for beginning to advanced surfers looking to save a 3hr drive to the coast. Requires Level 1 paddling skills. Spring to Fall.

RIVER SUP CLASS AT DECEPTION PASS – 'DP' as we call it as an amazing place to paddle while learning to SUP in mild to swift current. You'll leave this class with solid rough water skills, more confidence and will be stoked to go again! Paddling in DP will strengthen your skills for downwinding, surfing, racing and paddle trips.

SUP SURFING – Learn how to surf your SUP or improve your surfing skills. New to surfing or have had difficulty learning? We can help! ! We can also help racers learn how to surf race boards. Requires Level 1 paddling skills.

SUP SURF CAMP – This is an in-depth sup surfing experience that will leave you with solid skills to surf on your own. Ideal for beginning to experienced SUP surfers who want to learn the basics. Experienced surfers will learn how to catch more waves easier and handle rough water better. This class requires Level 1 paddling skills. Private camps welcome.

Other Classes Available by Request– SUP Racing, SUP Rescues, Downwinding, Overnight SUP Trip Training and Custom classes.

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