Tidal Rapids SUP Class in Deception Pass

Learn the basics of river paddling in saltwater with this SUP class in Deception Pass State Park. Tidal rapids will prepare you for exploring on Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, the Inside Passage and will build your overall skills. Paddling in tidal rapids is great cross training for downwinding, surfing, racing and more!

For many, Deception Pass looks scary and untouchable. I will share with you how to read the water, understand the currents and know when to be in the Pass for the best paddling and surfing.

Our PSUPA certified guides will keep you safe while providing patient expert instruction to assist you in building new skills. Rentals available.

You’ll paddle with harbor seals, see bald eagles, possible orca sightings and enjoy majestic views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula and on a clear day, Victoria BC.

Watch this class on King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine.

Check out my article in SUP Magazine on How to SUP – Tidal Rapid SUP’ing

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to forecast marine weather, tides, and currents so you can plan your own trips to the Pass
  • Learn to paddle with control and confidence in swift current and rough water
  • Find out how to read water so you can make smart route planning decisions
  • Learn River SUP skills – peeling in and out of current, ferrying across current and rescues in current
  • I’ll help you choose the best best gear for river paddling so you stay warm and comfortable
  • If conditions are right, we’ll surf standing waves in the Pass!
  • Get expert balance skills for paddling in rough water
  • Paddling the Pass will help you have the skills to plan trips on Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands
  • Find out how to paddle Deception Pass on your own. The Pass isn’t just fast water!


Bonus Mini DP Guide sent to all students after class explaining currents, best apps and  how it works in the Pass so you can paddle there on your own.

2020 Dates: Nov 7 / Dec 12.  Private trips available all year.

DURATION: 1/2 day (4 hrs). We’ll take regular breaks on protected pocket beaches.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced. Must know how to swim and be comfortable standing up in rough water, boat and/or wind waves and know how to fall and easily get back on a board.  SUP Basics 2 is required if you’re unsure of your abilities.

Bringing Your Own Gear? You’ll need a super stable board. No narrow race boards which will be tippy and difficult to manage. I require a vest PFD, leash, helmet and full wet or drysuit. Booties and gloves recommended for walking on rocky beaches. Rentals Available.



Group Class 3 – 8 students – 189 per person – With rentals / 169 per person with your gear.

2 Person Class: 249 per person with rentals / 223 per person with your own gear

1-1: 397 – With rentals / 367 with your gear.

RENTALS INCLUDE:  Stable board, paddle, leash, vest PFD, toasty wetsuit, gloves, booties and helmet. Optional deck bag.

Alumni Discount: $25 off per person.

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Covid-19: SBP is open to individual and small groups to Deception Pass (6p max) people. Paddling is a naturally distanced activity. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. 


“Paddled Deception Pass with Rob as my patient, professional guide – excellent experience! I was terrified and almost decided not to go at the last minute, and Rob calmly explained the plan, assured me my skills were solid (I took 2 classes from him in preparation over a few weeks) and got me back in the right frame of mind.

It was a beautiful paddle, challenging at times in a good way, and we got to see seals, barnacles, a short tour through the sea caves as a bonus, and received excellent instruction from Rob from start to finish. I’m forever grateful and pleased with all my classes and the DP paddle as well.

I love that he’s so into safety, customized teaching at your pace (meeting where you’re at in your skills and able to push you further without overwhelming you), and he’s just a pleasant person overall. I recommend this to anyone interested in SUP, learning new things, and adventure!”

- Mary P


“Rob and Harry are outstanding SUP instructors. They know the paddle board industry and are willing to share their knowledge to make you better. Rob excels in the technical areas and his teaching provides insight in helping you increase your skills. I have taken the instructor training and the Deception Pass’s tidal rapids class and both experiences were outstanding. The classes were held in epic places in the PNW. Salmon Bay Paddle will make you a better paddler and you will have a good time doing it!”

- John G

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