About Salmon Bay Paddle
Salmon Bay Paddle is the leading provider of personalized private one on one and small group stand up paddle board (SUP) lessons in the Pacific Northwest.
Owner Rob Casey guarantees that he’ll not only meet but surpass your goals whether you’re a beginner or advanced paddler.
Rob will help you reach your paddling goals regardless of your experience, age, body type or fitness level.
Learn the basics, improve current skills or learn to surf, SUP rivers, downwind, race or tour. You deserve a good paddle!
Our Story… by Rob Casey, Founder
Non-athletic, dyslexic and lacking good instruction, like many, I struggled to stand on a SUP the first time in 2007 on vacation in Hawaii.
Not willing to give up, I continued to work on it at home in Seattle. Applying skills learned from over a decade of sea, surf and whitewater kayaking, I discovered easy and effective methods for standing up and paddling with confidence.
In 2011, I wrote Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers for Mountaineers Books. This guidebook was intended to help new and experienced paddlers learn all aspects of SUP from the basics to open water touring. In 2012, I revised the 3rd edition of the NW classic paddling guide, Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips.
I started Salmon Bay Paddle in 2010 to provide personable expert SUP instruction in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve transformed lives by empowering and giving confidence to many who didn’t think they’d stand or enjoy being on the water. Students have lost weight, increased their self-esteem, and have paddled in places and conditions they’d never imagined they’d be capable of. SUP has changed my life, so I love to share my knowledge and skills with students to help them become confident and skilled paddlers.
In 2013, I co-founded and am director for PSUPA (Professional Stand Up Paddle Association) which trains and certifies SUP instructors worldwide. I also contribute paddling articles for SUP Magazine, Stand Up Journal, Canoe Kayak, the Inertia and Kenmore Air’s inflight magazine. My blog is a great resource for paddling tips on techniques and safety.
In 2016, I had pulmonary edema but luckily survived to come back to mostly normal health in the year after and full health by 2018. While still in the process of rebuilding confidence, in 2018 I signed up for my first endurance paddling race, the Seventy48 put on by the NW Maritime Center (think Race to Alaska folks). The race is 70 miles in 48hrs from Tacoma to Port Townsend, WA and I completed half of it in 2018 and 50 miles (20 miles more) in 2019.
– Rob Casey
Our Expert Instructors Put Your Safety and Enjoyment First
“I've gone SUP on my own a few times but felt I might be lacking in some basics. I got a lesson from Rob and it exceeded my expectations by a long shot.
Not only does he give all the strokes you may need in various situations, I also learned about equipment, safety, tides and currents, how to transport and hold my board. Little things that made a huge difference because I'm prepared in every area. Now I can just concentrate on having fun when I hit the water."
"I learned not only how to improve my paddling skills but also how to read the water better, how to train more efficiently and most importantly not to forget to look up and enjoy being on the water.
If you are in the market for a lesson I would highly recommend Rob."
"Rob’s personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling.
There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob’s classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the ins and outs of the Pacific NW’s perfect sport."