Class - SUP Basics 1

Bad balance is a myth. I will work with you individually to stand up and paddle with confidence. I place students on super stable boards for your height and weight using proven techniques that guarantee your success in standing up, turning and having fun!

SUP Basics 1 is the only beginning paddle board class in Seattle where you’ll leave with a ton of info on which gear to purchase, how to plan your first outing on the water, load your board on your car and how to paddle over boat wakes, in wind and walk on the board. We’ll cover safety, rescues and how to fall and easily climb back on an inflatable or hard board.

You may see harbor seals, bald eagles, sea lions and views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt Baker and Bainbridge and Whidbey Islands.

If you’re not sure if you’re a fit for SUP Basics 1 or 2, SUP Basics 1 is more comprehensive than any basic SUP class you’ve ever taken. There’s no doubt that I will teach you skills and paddling techniques you haven’t learned before. I’ll teach to each student individually, if you have some experience, I’ll fill in gaps in your skillset and/or teach you better or more efficient paddling techniques.  

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • Learn to stand using with confidence
  • Learn two easy turns so you can be in control
  • Learn to go sideways and backwards to avoid collisions
  • Learn a powerful forward stroke requiring minimal effort
  • We’ll teach you how to paddle straight to save energy and go faster
  • Learn bomber stability skills to stay drier in rough water
  • Falling is normal. Learning how to fall and get back on could save your life
  • Learn how to install a fin and leash so you can be self efficient and safer
  • Learn to read water so you get there easier with less effort
  • SUP isn’t all about standing. Learn to sit, kneel and paddle prone (on chest)
  • Learn about the best gear and strokes to prevent shoulder injuries
  • Learn how to paddle over boat wakes and in wind so you have more fun
  • Learn about gear and clothing options
  • Learn how to carry your board so you can be self-sufficient
  • We’ll show you how to load and safely secure a SUP to a car

Skill Prerequisites: NONE

Beginner level. You have had no or limited experience on a board or have limited skills. You aren’t comfortable in bumpy water, have only paddled a few times and/or haven’t fallen off a board and climbed back on yet. 

Rob Casey is very knowledgeable about the sport and the surrounding environment. I not only learned basic paddle boarding techniques, but also cool turns, what to do when there are waves, and great safety tips. I’ve taken SUP “lessons” before, but none were as detailed or effective as Rob’s. Shilshole Bay was beautiful – saw lots of marine life like starfish and crabs. I’d definitely take another lesson or tour with Salmon Bay Paddle next time I’m in Seattle.

Adelie, NY

I recently took Rob’s SUP Basics Level 1 intro lesson. Very glad I did. I took the class hoping to get a solid foundation on SUP basics from the ground (or water) up. I left with a solid understanding of the fundamentals, and an appetite to go out again as soon as I can. Rob made it super easy and fun (there was a lot of good conversation during the dry ground orientation and out in the water during “board meetings”). He puts a lot of emphasis on safety and made me rethink ever going out on a board without a leash and PFD. He even followed up after the class with techniques I need to work on. I’m mulling what lesson to take next.

Jeff Hindle, Seattle

Class Details:

Private classes only.  Contact me to set up a class that fits your schedule!

Class Size: 1 – 4 People

Location: Ballard Elks beach on Shilshole Bay in Seattle / This class can also be taught at a location of your choice for the same cost in Seattle. Add additional travel fees (and/or ferry fees) for classes outside of Seattle.

Duration: 3 hours. Learn at your own pace. The lesson is 1 hour on land, 2 hours on-water.  

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

Instructor Follow-up: I’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in your lesson, will stay in touch with you after the lesson to help with finding gear and offer tips on where to paddle in the NW.

Nervous about Standing? I’ll also teach you how to sit, kneel and prone (on belly) paddle as an alternative to standing. 

Rates:

3 – 4 People: 133 per person with rentals / 110 per person with your gear. 

2 Person Rate: 173 with rentals / 149 with your gear

Individual Rate (1-1): 299 with rentals / 273 with your own gear. 

Rental Gear Includes: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Alumni/Repeat Classes: $10 off per person.

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“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

“Rob is great and really patient with his students! I took the 3 hour basic class and he set me up for success – providing all the gear and instruction I needed to make sure I was warm and safe out on the water. My primary goal was to learn enough to not look like a fool on the water but he taught me much more than that – I was doing pivot turns, walking up and down the board, and maneuvering around boat traffic, current and wind by the end of the class! I got the sense that it was really important to him that I enjoy the sport and provide me with the tools and confidence to continue on my own.”

Jessica Barnes, 2016

“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”

Leah R

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