SUP, Kayak and Surf Ski Classes

Tidal Rapids SUP Training at Deception Pass

4 Hours – Intermediate and Advanced
Learn River Sup skills and how to paddle in tidal rapids in beautiful Deception Pass. Improve rough water skills and gain confidence in a spectacular location! Available all year.  Next Classes Dec 4th

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Paddling Pool Sessions

2 Hours  – Adv Beginner +
Depending on the session learn Kayak Rescue Skills, SUP Skills or Rent pool space to work on your existing kayak or SUP skills. Small group Experience. Fall – Winter 2021 – 2022

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Salmon Bay Paddle Youth Team

 All Levels – For kids 14-18

Learn how to paddle board from our patient certified instructors!  Learn the basics through racing, SUP surfing and take a trip to paddle super fun Deception Pass!  All year.  

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Nav 1 - Tides, Current & Wind Basics

Nav 1 – Learn the Basics of Marine Navigation – with Robert Nissenbaum
Learning how Tides, Currents and Wind work are essential for chart work and on-water navigation. On Land. Next Classes: Dec 4th (D Pass) and Dec 7-8

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Nav 2 - Marine Navigation

One 3.5 hr Evening Session with Scott Dahlquist
Learn marine chart basics, how to set a bearing and more! (Lecture & Hands-on). Next Classes: Nov 11th Seattle / Nov 14th at Deception Pass

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Weekly SUP Race Training

1 Hour – Advanced Beginning thru Advanced
Wednesdays 7:30am / Sundays 8:20am SUP Racing Clinics held all year! Get faster and stronger skills with weekly training. 

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SUP Basics, Level 1

3 Hours – Beginner
An introduction to the basics and SUP safety. Available all year.

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SUP Basics, Level 2

3 Hours – Adv Beginner to Intermediate
For paddlers wanting to get to the next level. Learn to paddle straight, turn on a dime and more! Available all year.

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SUP Surfing

3 Hours – Adv Beginner and Intermediate
SUP surfing on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Learn to safely paddle out and catch fun waves. 14′ Sups ok. Private classesAvailable all year. 

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River SUP Level 1

3-4 Hours – Intermediate + 
Learn to safely paddle your SUP on Class 1 and 2 rivers.  Available all year. Prerequisite for our Skagit Eagle Paddle Tour. 

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PSUPA Flat Water 1 Instructor Training

2 Days – Intermediate and above – Gain skills to become a professional and PSUPA certified SUP Instructor. Next Course: Fall 2021

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Kids Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camp

Kids 9 – 14
Paddle board basics, boat surfing, tides and trip planning – Next Camp: Spring 2022

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Adult Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camps

2 days  – Beginning through Advanced
Several camp options for you to experience paddle boarding in the PNW. From beginning camps to running the rapids of Deception Pass and SUP surfing the coast!  Learn about beach ecology stewardship, NW maritime history and more! Winter – Spring 2022

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Night Paddling

3 Hours – Adv Beginners + / Private Class
Find out how to paddle at night using simple navigation, being mindful and prepared! An amazing experience!  All Year.

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Freighter Wave Surfing

3 Hours – Intermediate
Learn how to SUP surf and find out where and when to epic fun surf in Seattle! Season starts March 2022

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SUP with your Dog

3 Hours (Adv Beginners + )
Learn step-by-step skills for paddling safely with your pup on PNW waterways!  Land/water class. Private Classes / All Year.

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Covid-19 Update – PLEASE READ..

Salmon Bay Paddle is open to individual and small groups. Paddling is a naturally distanced activity. We’ll use masks and distancing on shore. All equipment is always cleaned.


Open all year – Beginners start with Sup Basics 1 then progress to SUP Basics 2 before signing up for Downwinding, SUP Surfing, Deception Pass and freighter surfing.  If unsure of your skill level, contact me to discuss. Rental equipment available.


Contact me first about the class you’re interested in.


Beginning – No or limited experience. Intermediate – You can stand up, paddle straight, turn, paddle over small waves and boat wakes and fall and get back on easily. Advanced – You can SUP surf in 5′ waves or downwind in 30 kts or paddle Class 3 rivers and/or open water touring in coastal conditions.

Check out my Paddling BooksStand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers and Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips, both from Mountaineers Books. 

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