SUP Basics Level 2

Covid-19 Update:

** SUP Basics 2 Class are available for Individual and small groups (5p max).

Private Classes Only until Covid is under better control.

Paddling is a naturally distanced activity and great for much exercise and fresh air. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. 

SUP Basics 2

Ready to go to the next level? Then SUP Basics 2 is for you. I will make you faster, more stable and achieve your goals easier with finesse while staying injury free. This class can be customized to your goals and interests.

If you’re not sure if you’re a fit for SUP Basics 2, SUP Basics 1 is more comprehensive than any basic SUP class you’ve ever taken. There’s no doubt you’ll learn skills you haven’t learned before. I teach to each student individually and have a strong focus on safety.

Want for something more advanced?  Check out my classes in Deception Pass and Freighter Surfing


Core Skills You’ll Gain
(Lessons will be customized to your needs)

  • Stroke Analysis – Refine your forward stroke
  • Buoy turns, crossbow, pivot turn, draw strokes
  • Footwork – Learn or refine your skills for walking on the board
  • Rescues – Flip rescue, pull-up and push rescues and towing
  • Gear safety – In depth discussion into off shore paddling concepts and gear
  • How to read water to make you paddle more efficiently. Paddle smarter not harder
  • Rough water skills – Waves, balance, paddling in current, wind and reverb
  • Focus on specific skills such as downwinding, racing, boat wake surfing (not freighters).
  • What do you want to learn?

Contact me to book a class.

“I had a bit of time in Seattle and signed up for this class having never done a class before. I was able to set my own time with Rob, the owner. In short, Rob is an excellent teacher. He was extraordinarily thorough and responsible about going over all the basics about skills and safety before we ever got out on the water.”

- Leah P

I took the SUP 2 basics class with Rob and I’m certainly glad I did. Rob has significant experience paddling our local waterways so I also learned about wind, tides/currents, etiquette, gear/apparel, motor boat behavior, and safety. Rob’s style is friendly but serious, patient, and fun. In addition to SUP 2 basics, Rob even included some freighter wave surfing! I recommend taking this course whether you’re new to paddling like me or already great at it, you’ll definitely expand your knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Andy Delano

Class Details:

Covid-19 Update:  ** SUP Basics 2 is available for: Individual and small groups (5p max).  Private Classes Only until Covid is under better control.

Contact me to book a class.

Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard. 

Duration: 3 hours. Learn at your own pace.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:4 or 2:5.

Instructor Follow-up: I’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in your lesson plus weather and tide links.  Join my FB Alumni group to continue learning.


Private Group Class (3-4 Students): 167 per person with rentals / 149 per person with your gear.

2 Person Rate: 190 per person with rentals / 173 per person with your gear

Individual Rate (1-1): 299 with rentals / 273 with your own gear. ((* 2hr Lesson – 199/173))

* RENTALS INCLUDE: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, toasty wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Alumni/Repeat Classes: $10 off per person.

Sign Me Up!

I conquered several fears paddling in currents and surfing waves and owe it to Rob, where safety and professional instructions are Salmon Bay Paddle’s top priorities!

- Margrit Ralph

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 Hagen, Bend

“I wanted to pull two visiting teenage girls out of their comfort zone of shopping, make-up and Netflix. Having personally taken lessons with Rob a couple years ago, I contacted him to see if we could arrange something. Instructor Joe McColskey, a former high school teacher and personal trainer was up to the challenge. The girls really enjoyed their SUP Basics session.”

- Lynn P

“Rob is a fantastic stand up paddle board instructor. His knowledge of the sport and the local waters is remarkable. I’ve been out for a couple of lessons with him now and I’ve learned a lot and become a better paddler each time. I especially appreciate his commitment to safety and doing things the right way. He’s also just a good dude and I highly recommend him to anyone interested in SUP.”

- Shanon Dell, Sequim

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