Learn the basics of river paddling in saltwater tidal currents which will prepare you for open water exploring on Puget Sound. You'll learn river paddling techniques, rough water skills and coastal paddling methods in an amazing place! This class is ideal cross training for down winding, surfing, racing, learning rough water skills and building overall confidence for everyday paddling. You'll paddle with harbor seals, see bald eagles and enjoy majestic views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula. At the end of class you'll much more confidence and new skills which will take your paddling to the next level. This is a super fun class for Level 1 and above paddlers!

Watch this class on King 5 TV's Evening Magazine, 5/2016.

Skills You'll Learn:

  • How to forecast marine weather, tides, and currents so you can plan your own trips to the Pass
  • How to paddle with control and confidence in swift current
  • How to read water so you can make smart route decisions in current
  • Learn River SUP skills - peeling in/out of current, ferrying across current and rescues in current
  • We'll help you choose the best best gear for river paddling
  • If conditions are right, we'll surf standing waves in the Pass!
  • Paddling DP will help you have the skills to plan trips onPuget Sound and the San Juan Islands


    Who Should Attend?
    Prerequisites:  Advanced beginner (Level 1) OR Completion of our SUP Basics or SUP Sampler classes. These basic classes can be taken at Deception Pass in calm protected water before we enter the Pass. You should be in good physical shape and be comfortable paddling in small waves and wind.

    Duration: Half day (5 hrs). We'll take regular breaks at sunny protected pocket beaches.

    Group Rate: (3 - 6 students) - 223 per person of you need gear / 199 with your own gear.

    Semi Private (2 people): 323 per person if you need gear / 299 with your own gear.

    Private (1-1): 525 if you need gear / 499 with your own gear.

    Our rentals include: Stable boards, paddle, leash, PFD, wetsuit, booties. gloves, hoods and helmets.

    Alumni Discount $25 off per person.

    Bringing Your Own Gear? You'll need a super stable board to have a fun day in the rapids. Narrow race boards will be tippy and difficult to manage. We require a PFD, leash, helmet and wet or drysuit. Booties recommended for rocking on rocky beaches. Been awhile since you've pulled on your wetsuit? *Make sure to try on your gear before the class to assure proper fit.

    2018 DATES

    May — 12

    June — 16

    July — 14 (maybe)

    Aug — 4

    Private classes to your schedule available weekdays or weekends.

    Tidal Rapids 1 or 2 Private Camps Available