Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camp - - For Kids!
Paddle, Surf and Discovery Camp
Learn to Paddle Board, explore local waterways, maritime history and beach ecology – For Kids!
Join Salmon Bay Paddle for this epic teens Paddle Surf and Discovery Camp and experience how stewardship, science and community intersect with this fun on-water activity.
Our camps are unique in that they’re not just paddling but also learning how to ensure our waterways are safe and healthy for generations to come.
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 including options to SUP surf in Seattle if conditions line up!
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
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 Weekly Curriculum
10am – 2:00pm at the Ballard Elks Lodge. This paddle surf camp will introduce kids to paddling and/or build skills if they already have experience.
- 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!
- 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 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!
Private Camps only – Contact us to set something up!
Water Safety – Every student will wear a vest style life jacket and leash. On cooler days we’ll provide 4/3mm full wetsuits. We also provide booties for warmth and rocky beaches.
Camp Capacity: 8 students
Instructor to Student Ratio: 2:10
Camp Ages: 14 – 18
Camp Times: 10am – 2:00 pm at the Ballard Elks Lodge.
Requirements: Must speak and understand English. And Know how to Swim (the basics)
OK to Bring Your Own Gear: If your child has their own gear, we recommend bringing it to learn how to use it better.
Private Camps Available: Contact us to schedule a private camp. We can customize curriculum and can offer Surf Camps and more!
Covid-19: We’ll practice current WA State Phase guidelines maintaining a safe learning environment. All instructors are vaccinated.
$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. Recommended as we’re padding in Puget Sound which can be cool.
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
“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.”