Adult Paddle Surf and Discovery Camp

Adult Paddle Surf and Discovery Camp

Learn to Paddle Board, explore local waterways, maritime history and beach ecology

Join Salmon Bay Paddle for this epic Adult Paddle Surf and Discovery Camp and experience how stewardship, science and community intersect with this fun on-water activity.

But it’s not just about getting your feet wet. Come learn to how to ensure are waterways are safe and healthy for generations to come. This is what makes our camps unique.

You’ll learn from beach ecologists, marine scientists and historians about the marine and natural history and science of the Salish Sea.

At the end of the week you’ll have solid paddling skills and you’ll graduate by paddling in the tidal rapids of Deception Pass or SUP surfing – depending on group interests.

Salmon Bay Paddle is very focused on safety. We require students to wear a vest life jacket and use a leash.  We provide 4/3mm full wetsuits and related paddling clothing and gear from brands like Blackfish Paddles, NRS, Vaikobi, MTI and others.  And 14′ boards available.  All our gear will be cleaned after each session.

Next Camps: July 11-15 / August 22-26 / Sept 12 –  16 / Oct 10-14

Women’s and Private Paddle/Surf Camps – We can set up a Private camp for you and your friends anytime adding locations like Deception Pass or coastal surfing.

Core Camp Skills

  • Stand up with confidence on a stable board for your height and weight.
  • You’ll learn easy turns as well as how to go sideways and backwards
  • Find out how to get a powerful yet simple forward stroke requiring minimal effort
  • I’ll teach you how to paddle straight to save energy and go faster
  • Get bomber stability skills to stay standing in rough water and boat wakes
  • Falling is normal. Learning how to fall and get back on could save your life
  • You’ll learn how to install a fin and leash so you can set up your own board
  • 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), essential for upwind.
  • Find out how to use efficient strokes using finesse to prevent shoulder injuries
  • Learn how to paddle over boat wakes and in wind so you have more fun
  • We’ll discuss paddling equipment and clothing options for all seasons
  • Learn the flip rescue to help another paddler get back on their board

Sample Curriculum

Location: All classes taught at Salmon and Shilshole Bays in Ballard
Camp Capacity: 8 people
  • Monday: Intro to SUP gear and clothing, sitting, kneeling and prone paddling, standing with confidence and directional control.  
  • Tuesday: Gene Tagaban, native storyteller on the beach talking story about the Salish Sea. Walk to Locks for Ship Canal history tour with a local historian.
  • Wednesday: Paddle Shilshole Bay refining skills learned Monday. Add walking on board, the pivot turn, falling safely and surfing boat wakes! 
  • Thursday: Presentation from SR3 Sea-life Rehab on what they’re doing to help injured and stranded local marine life.  Then beach clean-up on Shilshole Bay. 
  • Friday: Day trip to Deception Pass.  Review SUP skills in Bowman Bay then enter the Pass on ebb or flood to begin river sup skills in this epic place! 

 Student Benefits:

  • SBP Follow-up – We’ll send you a summary of skills students learned as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • Get access to my 24 video SUP 101 Online Course to review skills learned in class.  Get paddle trip check-lists and planning tips. (Value: $199)
  • Get free access to my SUP Rescues and Water Safety online course. Learn the Flip Rescue, towing, getting on your board and more. (Value: $197)
  • SBP owner Rob Casey is always available to help you find paddling gear, find places to paddle and help you get to your next level.
  • Get a 20% discount from Mountaineers Books for any title or my books: ‘Kayaking Puget Sound‘ and ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers.’
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!


Next Camps: July 11-15 / August 22-26 / Sept 12 –  16 / Oct 10-14

Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard

Duration: 10am to 1pm

Instructor to Student Ratio: 2:8

Requirements: Must speak and understand English, and Know how to Swim. We recommend Orca Swim School for learning.

Ok to Bring Your own gear or rent ours


$897 per person

+ Daily Rental equipment available:

  • $75 week for a stable paddle board, deck bag, leash, paddle and vest life jacket.
  • $75 week for a toasty wetsuit, booties, gloves, hood.

Bringing your own gear? 

  • Your gear is fine!  And you’ll learn how to use it more effectively.  Inflatables or rigid boards.
  • We recommend stable hard or inflatable paddle boards, kids paddle, leash, toasty wetsuit if needed (4/3mm), booties, gloves, hoods and vest life jacket which will be worn.
  • We can assist in purchasing gear.

Contact us to Learn More!

“I had a bit of time in Seattle and signed up for this class having never done a class before. I was able to set my own time with Rob, the owner. In short, Rob is an excellent teacher. He was extraordinarily thorough and responsible about going over all the basics about skills and safety before we ever got out on the water.”

- Leah P

I took the SUP 2 basics class with Rob and I’m certainly glad I did. Rob has significant experience paddling our local waterways so I also learned about wind, tides/currents, etiquette, gear/apparel, motor boat behavior, and safety. Rob’s style is friendly but serious, patient, and fun. In addition to SUP 2 basics, Rob even included some freighter wave surfing! I recommend taking this course whether you’re new to paddling like me or already great at it, you’ll definitely expand your knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Andy Delano

I conquered several fears paddling in currents and surfing waves and owe it to Rob, where safety and professional instructions are Salmon Bay Paddle’s top priorities!

- Margrit Ralph

I’ve been paddling on flat water for about a year and thought I was pretty good.  Then Rob patiently explained how to make my paddling more efficient, how to deal with swells and choppy water and how to be more comfortable and safe on the board.  In one hour, I became a much better paddler.  If SUP is new to you or if you’ve been at it for a while, Rob will help you have more fun on a paddle board.

- Karsten Hagen, Bend

“I wanted to pull two visiting teenage girls out of their comfort zone of shopping, make-up and Netflix. Having personally taken lessons with Rob a couple years ago, I contacted him to see if we could arrange something. Instructor Joe McColskey, a former high school teacher and personal trainer was up to the challenge. The girls really enjoyed their SUP Basics session.”

- Lynn P

“Rob is a fantastic stand up paddle board instructor. His knowledge of the sport and the local waters is remarkable. I’ve been out for a couple of lessons with him now and I’ve learned a lot and become a better paddler each time. I especially appreciate his commitment to safety and doing things the right way. He’s also just a good dude and I highly recommend him to anyone interested in SUP.”

- Shanon Dell, Sequim

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