Night Paddling

Covid-19 Update:

Paddling is a naturally distanced activity. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water. All gear is always cleaned. All instructors are vaccinated. 

Night Paddling Training

Our night paddling training will give you the skills and confidence to safely paddle on your own at night on PNW waterways!

Night paddling is an amazing experience and a whole different perspective on exploring Puget Sound and our lakes. 

Experience solitude, see bioluminescence, paddle before/after work in the winter and get essential skills if you’re doing the Seventy48 and WA360 races in 2022.

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • Reading Boat Lights – Night paddling requires knowing rec and commercial boat lights at night
  • Situational Awareness –  Learning to be aware of the sounds and visual things going on around you
  • Balance at Night – Night paddling can be confusing, learn how to feel in control and feel balanced.
  • Currents and Waves – Find out how to paddle in current at night and even surf freighter waves if available!
  • Water Safety – Learn about lights, reflectors, group communication, being seen and staying off the news.
  • Flip rescue and towing. Save a life with these skills!
  • How to read water which will allow you paddle more efficiently. Paddle smarter not harder.
  • Basic Navigation – It’s easy to lose your way at nght. We’ll help you stay on trac and plan trips.
  • Doing the 7048 or WA360? Christmas Parade? Customize your class to your interests.
  • What do you want to learn or improve?

After Class Extras

  • Instructor Follow-up After Class – We’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in your lesson as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • Get access to our 24 video SUP 101 Online Course to review skills learned and class and many more techniques!  Get paddle trip check-lists and planning tips.
  • You’ll able to join our Facebook Alumni Group to continue learning and for connecting with other paddlers.
  • 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 get Rob’s books: ‘Kayaking Puget Sound‘ and ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers.
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!



Prerequisites: Our SUP Basics 2 or Kayak Level 2 classes or equivalent. Must know self and assisted rescues and know how to swim.

Public Group Class (3-4 people)Next Classes: TBA in Ballard/Seattle

Larger groups 4+ require a second instructor.

Location: Shilshole Bay or upper Salmon Bay (a lake) in Ballard / Seattle.  Private classes can be held at a custom location. Travel fees for outside Seattle.

Requirements: Must speak and understand English 



Private or Public Group Classes (3-4 Students): 189 per person

2 Person Rate: 239 per person

Individual Rate (1-1): 399

We recommend wetsuits and booties even in Summer as the Sound doesn’t really warm up.  Our suits are toasty warm, flexible and comfortable. 

+ ADD RENTAL GEAR: $15 stable board, paddle, deck bag, leash and PFD (life vest).  $15 – 4/3mm wetsuit, hood, booties & gloves.

OK TO USE YOUR OWN GEAR. It’s best to learn on your own gear if you have it. But please don’t buy gear just for our class. Try our gear first!

Get in Touch!

“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 wish everyone could take a class or two with Rob so that we could have more safe and prepared paddlers. Very fun and interesting experience. I learned about local water conditions, equipment, technique, safety and local places to go paddle. Great investment overall. I’m planning on signing up for more classes with Rob and his team.  (May 2021)
Yamil M

Rob presented an excellent class to me. He tailored it to my level and gave me lots to think about and practice. Since I primarily want to explore the local Puget Sound, the class helped me to feel comfortable interpreting the wind, currents, and tides. I am now able to use the tide table and wind charts and know what to expect and what I can handle safely. Rob was all about safety and I appreciated his caring and professional attitude. Game changer class. A must-do for anyone wanting to be safe and be good. Thank you Rob!  (May 2021)
Rachel O

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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