SUP Basics Level 1 – 3 Class Series

For beginners or those seeking a refresher, learn the basics in 3 – 2.5hr weekday evening classes

Learn how to stand, turn, paddle straight, paddle over boat wakes, in wind, fall safely and get back on easily.

You’ll also learn about which gear to purchase, how to carry and load you board, do repairs and where to paddle in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We’ll also cover rescues, making smart planning decisions, reading water and how to forecast marine weather and tides.


Day 1 – Learn about paddling clothing, lifejackets, leashes, safety  gear, paddles and boards. You’ll learn how to size your paddle, determine the best board for you and three ways to carry a board.  On-water, you’ll learn how to paddle sitting, kneeling and prone (on chest, surfer style). You’ll learn how to stand with confidence, turn easily, walk on your board, paddle backwards, sideways and paddle straight.

Day 2 – We’ll review what we covered on Day 1 then begin to refine those techniques. While walking on the board, you’ll learn how to turn the board in a 360 (pivot turn), learn the cross bow turn and nose draw.  You’ll learn how to paddle over boat wakes, in wind and up light tidal current below the Ballard Locks.

Day 3 – Taking everything you’ve learned, we’ll paddle to the West Point Lighthouse or to Golden Gardens taking advantage of wind and waves to get us there quicker. We’ll discuss how to read water so you can make smarter decisions to get to your destination more efficiently.  If there’s wind and/or boat wakes, you’ll learn how to surf which will increase your skills and prep you for the next level.  We’ll also cover rescues including the flip rescue and towing.



Contact us to schedule a private Level 2 version of this class.

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to stand up with confidence
  • How turn using sweep the crossbow and pivot turns
  • How to paddle straight, on one side and injury free
  • How to paddle backwards and sideways
  • How to rescue others, towing, and water safety
  • How to paddle sitting, on your knees and prone (on chest)
  • How to stay stable in rough water, boat wakes and in wind
  • How to carry a SUP and load it on your car
  • How to have an easy to learn yet powerful and efficient forward stroke
  • Tips on purchasing gear from boards and paddles to clothing
  • How to read tide tables and read marine forecasts
  • SUP repair tips
  • How to outfit and pack your your SUP for day trips
  • If conditions are available, learn to downwind and/or surf boat wakes.

Skill Prerequisites: NONE

This is ideal for beginners or those seeking a refresher class. Ideal for individuals or groups looking to gain a solid foundation from patient certified instructors. Can also be held as a private class.

“I’ve had many SUP, surfing (and beyond) lessons world-wide but I haven’t found an expert in the area that compares to Rob’s level of quality experience, competency and teaching skills. Rob emphasizes safety first and caters to each individuals personal learning style in delivering quality instruction to paddlers of all levels. He truly went above and beyond and has set the bar extremely high for a business model that I hope to mirror. I will definitely return to him for further training.”

- Amber W

Class Details:

Dates: July 16, 18, 19

Class Size: 3-5 People (Group Rate) / 2 People Private / or Private 1-1.

Location: Ballard Elks beach on Shilshole Bay in Seattle.

Duration: 3 – 2.5hr classes. Learn at your own pace.

Schedule: Spring – Fall 2018 Private sessions on your schedule welcome.

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

Video playback may be used.

Instructor Follow-up: Rob will send you a summary of skills you learned in class. He’ll stay in touch with you after class to assist with finding paddling equipment and offer tips on where to paddle in the NW.


Group Rate: 497 per person. 3 – 5 students. *All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

2 Person Private Lesson: 697 per person (payment in 2 installments ok). *All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

1-1 Private Lesson: 997 (payment in 2 installments ok)
*All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Alumni: $25 off per person.

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