Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camp

Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camp

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

Join Salmon Bay Paddle for this fun Paddle Surf and Discovery Camp and experience how stewardship, science and community intersect with this fun on-water activity.  Founder Rob Casey is known for pioneering stand up padding and freighter wave surfing on Puget Sound.

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.

SUP and Surf Camps for Kids in Seattle!

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 from brands like NRS, O’Neill and others.  All our gear will be cleaned after each session.

Custom designed Paddle Surf and Discovery Camps also available for your family, friends, organization or school. We recently worked with the Bush School for a 2 week camp.

Paddle Surf and Discovery Camp Dates

August 16 – 20 – Location: Ballard on Shilshole Bay (8 spots left)

September and October Dates TBA – We paddle all year!

Sample Curriculum

Time: 9am – Noon (includes lunch break).  10am to 1pm if tide allows for freighter waves. 
Location: All classes taught at Salmon and Shilshole Bays in Ballard
Camp Capacity: 8 kids
  • Monday – About SUP, Gear, PaddlingBasics
  • Tuesday – Skills Honing, Tides & Currents basics
  • Wednesday – Freighter or boat wake Surfing, Beach Stewardship
  • Thursday – Paddling and/or Low Tide Adventure
  • Freighter or boat surfing Friday OR and/or downwinding!


 Camp Benefits:

  • SBP Follow-up – We’ll send you a summary of skills students learned as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • Receive access to our SUP 101 and SUP Rescues Online Courses to review skills learned and class and many more techniques!
  • 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 for Mountaineers Books
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!



Duration: 9am to Noon M, T and Th / 10am – 1pm on Wed and Friday for Freighter waves if tide allows.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 3:10 / 2:8

Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard from the Ballard Elks Lodge (restrooms available)

Ages: Students 10 – 13

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

Recommended Bringing Your Own Gear: If your child has their own gear, we recommend bringing it to learn how to use it better.

If they don’t have their own we can provide rentals for an extra fee.

Covid-19: We’ll practice current WA State Phase guidelines maintaining a safe learning environment.


$649 per person

+ Daily Rental equipment available:

$15 each stable board, leash, paddle and life jacket.

$15 each wetsuit, booties, gloves, hood.

Bringing your own gear? 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.

Sign Me Up!

“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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