Our Instructors

We are the leading provider of personalized one on one and small group stand up paddle board (SUP) lessons in the Pacific Northwest. Meet our instructor team:

Rob Casey, Lead Instructor and Owner

Rob Casey, Lead Instructor and Owner

Rob’s background as a kayak guide led to SUP in 2006. Author of two paddling guides for Mountaineers Books, he is founder of PSUPA which trains instructors worldwide. Rob is competing in the Seventy48 as Team Salmon Bay Paddle.

Jon Brown

Jon Brown

When not surfing the coast, making his own sailboat, SUPs and surfboards, Jon works as an elementary school teacher in Seattle. A native of Tacoma, Jon also co-teaches our SUP Surf Camps.

Joe McColskey

Joe McColskey

Joe was one of Rob’s first students. He became addicted to SUP which led him on a mission to get in shape. Joe retired from teaching at Ballard High School and has a new career as a CSCS certified personal trainer for Seattle Athletic Club.

Sean Nordquist

Sean Nordquist

Sean’s passion for SUP is a new addition to a life long passion for outdoor sports and fitness. He was introduced to SUP after taking one of Rob’s intro classes. Sup has become one of his main platforms for fitness, healing, and well-being. Sean is competing in the Seventy48 race as Team Nord-on-board.

Holly Rasmussen

Holly Rasmussen

A student of Rob’s, Holly paddles 4-5 days weekly all year. She brings 25 yrs of experience as a physical therapist and wants her students to be comfortable in and on the water, paddle smart, and most of all, enjoy the ride. Holly is competing in the Seventy48 at Team Endless Naut.

Ivan Storck

Ivan Storck

Known in the tech industry as one of the founders of Code Fellows, Ivan began paddling in Rob’s Monday night races a few years ago and we saw him go from a beginner to one of the fastest local racers in less than a year.  In June 2018, Ivan is competing in the Seventy48, a 70 mile (in 48hrs) race on Puget Sound.

Harry Oesterreicher

Harry Oesterreicher

Harry has been paddling full time since the summer of 2015. He is experienced on flat-water, rivers, tidal waterways, and loves industrial waterways. He brought an inflatable SUP to Europe and toured the Danube and Spree rivers in Germany, and the Moldau in Czech Republic. He volunteers for the WA Water Trails Association and recently completed the Seventy48 race as Team Hello Waterface.

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."

- Sean F

"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."

- Troy Nebecker, Bellevue

"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."

- Paul Edmonson, Seattle

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