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How We're Unique

Learn how we’re unique and offer the highest value and professional SUP instruction in the Pacific Northwest.

How We’re Unique

  • Owner Rob Casey will work with all body types, ages and skill levels from beginners to advanced ages 10 and up. Good balance or fitness not required.
  • Strong focus on safety. Rob requires that all students wear a vest style lifejacket and leash. Rob is trained in all aspects of paddling, rescue, marine weather and boating navigation so you have the best experience possible.
  • Most lessons and tours are private individual and small groups so you receive the most attention and highest level of instruction possible.
  • High Instructor to Student Ratio. 2:6 for flat water and 2:4 for surf, river and open water classes and tours. Rob’s co-instructors assist on large classes to provide more safety and personalized instruction.
  • Rob’s instructors are all PSUPA certified and each are competent in flat water to surf and rivers / current.
  • Rob provides high quality equipment from Imagine, Amundsen, MTI, NorthWater, RipCurl, O’Neill, NRS, Accent, Werner Paddles and Gath helmets
  • Salmon Bay Paddle is open all year. Fall, Winter and Spring all offer amazing paddling opportunities from flat water to surf and downwinding.

Fun Classes & Events

  • Learn Freighter & Tug Wave surfing in Seattle Spring to early Fall.
  • Rob and his partner Christy started the Ballard Elks Monday Night Race Series in 2011 which donates all proceeds to the Elks Scholarship Fund at the end of the season.
  • Rob offers PSUPA Instructor Training and certification courses plus staff training and SUP business consulting.
  • Rob supports the community by offering SUP races throughout the year that benefit various charities like the MS Society, Heroes on the Water and the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 Scholarship Fund.
  • Learn how to paddle in the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful places like Deception Pass, Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Alumni Benefits

  • Rob’s weekly newsletter provides SUP tips, Salish Sea environmental news and updates on classes and tours. Join the newsletter below. 
  • The SBP alumni Facebook page is an opportunity for alumni to connect and to provide info on last minute clinics and paddles.
  • Alumni receive discounts classes and training
  • Rob stays follows up with a Class Summary and tips for improvement after each class.
  • Alumni receive free access to Rob’s online courses for the level they’re learning and/or class taken.

Environmental Support

  • Rob has a strong environmental commitment supporting several organizations such as the Washington Water Trails Association, Puget SoundKeeper, Stand4GreatBear, Washington Coast Savers, Braided River and the North Olympic Land Trust.
  • Follow Rob’s SBP Instagram page @salmonbaypaddle which often profiles his Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca beach clean-ups. 
“Rob’s knowledge of surfing, safety, and his overall SUP skills helped me advance through coaching and immediate feedback boosting my confidence and ability level. I’m hooked on SUPing! I would have locked in poor habits and likely injured my back or shoulders had I not taken a lesson in my first season of regularly paddling. Rob has years of experience and gladly passes on what he has learned for the safety and fun of all SUP enthusiasts who meet him.”
- Brittany F

“My boyfriend and I took the SUP Basics class with Rob. He was super informative, patient, and a great teacher overall. With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, I really appreciated the extra steps he took to make sure we were all properly distanced and safe.

Rob provided good, no-nonsense advice from buying a board to making sure you’re not an idiot on the water. Highly recommended.”

- Ethan G

“Just like the other reviewers, I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with Rob of Salmon Bay Paddlers. With COVID preventing my other sport, I’ve been paddle boarding a lot lately on Lake Sammamish. I’ve only done rec paddle boarding on holidays before so I wanted to check out formal training so that I could improve my skills and feel safe going out on the Sound or other larger, busier bodies of water that I’m far less familiar with.

Rob is a wealth of information, I’m a rower so I have some water skills but not others and he was perfect at covering what I needed and skipping past what I already knew. He answered a variety of my questions about everything from currents to wetsuits to boards to racing.

I walked away feeling he’s not only the expert but he really loves both paddle boarding itself as well as helping others enjoy paddle boarding. I can’t wait to sign up for more training from him.”

- LM

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