Tidal Rapids SUP Class in Deception Pass

Learn the basics of river paddling in this SUP class in Deception Pass State Park. Saltwater tidal rapids will prepare you for exploring on Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, the Inside Passage and will build your overall skills.

For many, Deception Pass looks scary and untouchable. I will share with you how to read the water, understand the currents and know when to be in the Pass for the best paddling and surfing.

You’ll paddle with harbor seals, see bald eagles, possible orca sightings and enjoy majestic views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula and on a clear day, Victoria BC.

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

Check out my article in SUP Magazine on How to SUP – Tidal Rapid SUP’ing

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to forecast marine weather, tides, and currents so you can plan your own trips to the Pass
  • Learn to paddle with control and confidence in swift current and rough water
  • Learn River SUP skills – peeling in/out of current, ferrying, and rescues in current
  • I’ll help you choose the best best gear for river paddling so you stay warm and comfortable
  • If conditions are right, we’ll surf standing waves in the Pass!
  • Paddling the Pass will help you have the skills to plan trips on Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

Class Details:

2020 Dates

Jan 19 / Feb 15 / March 28 / April 18 / May 30 / July 11 / Aug 15

Private lessons available on your schedule available weekdays and weekends.

Training for the DP Challenge Races? Jan 19, Feb 15 and March 28th will have similar currents. 

Duration: Half day (4 hrs). We’ll take regular breaks on protected pocket beaches.

Skill Level: Must be a solid Intermediate Level and be comfortable paddling standing up in rough water, boat and/or wind waves and know how to fall and easily get back on a board.  SUP Basics 2 is required if you’re unsure of your abilities.

Bringing Your Own Gear? You’ll need a super stable board. No 23-24″ wide race boards! Narrow race boards will be tippy and difficult to manage. I require a vest PFD, leash, helmet and full wet or drysuit. Booties and gloves recommended for walking on rocky beaches.


3 – 6 students – 155 per person – With rentals / 133 per person with your gear.

Private Classes

2 Person Class: 199 per person with rentals / 179 per person with your own gear

1-1: 399 – With rentals / 375 with your gear.

Rentals include: Stable boards, paddle, leash, vest PFD, deck bag, 4/3mm wetsuit, booties. gloves, hoods and helmets.

Alumni Discount: $25 off per person.

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