SUP / Paddle Board 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 Class: June 18

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Nav 1 - Tides, Current & Wind Basics

Nav 1 – Learn the Basic essentials of Marine Navigation – with Robert Nissenbaum
Learning how Tides, Currents and Wind work so you can make smart on-water decisions. Next Class: June 7 & 8 in Seattle.  

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Rules of the Road for Paddlers - with John Foster

1.5 Hrs – This presentation focuses on how the rules apply to human powered craft (paddlers) and how to use your knowledge of the rules to keep yourself safe on the water. With Seattle maritime educator John Foster.

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SUP Surf Camp

2 Days – Learn how to SUP Surf on the Washington Coast at beautiful Hobuck Beach!  For sup surf beginners and those looking to improve skills. June 4-5 / Aug 13-14 @ Hobuck Beach

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Freighter Wave Surfing

3 Hours – Intermediate
Learn how to SUP surf and find out where and when to fun surf in Seattle!  Spring & Summer only. 

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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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Kids Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camp

Youth 10 – 18 – June – September
Paddle board basics, boat surfing, tides and trip planning, beach clean-ups and ecology, marine history – Next Camps: Summer 2022

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Coastal SUP Skills Training

4 Hrs – Intermediate + – Learn how to safety paddle the Washington Coast for day trips or expeditions. Next Courses: May 21, July 30, Sept 24

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SUP Overnight Trip Skills

2 Days – Intermediate + – Learn how to safety plan an overnight paddle trip on Puget Sound.  Next Course: Aug 20-22

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Ballard Sea Squad - Youth Team

 All Levels – For kids 14-18 – ‘Ballard Sea Squad’ 

Learn how to paddle board from our patient certified instructors!  Learn the basics through racing, SUP surfing and even take a trip to paddle super fun Deception Pass!  All year.  Next Classes: May 15 in Seattle.

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River SUP Level 1

4 Hours – Intermediate + 
Learn to safely paddle your SUP on Class 1 and 1+ on the Skagit and Snohomish Rivers.  Available all year. Schedule: May 21, July 9

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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. Mornings Spring 2022

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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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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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