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 and special guests for this fun day 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.

Camps for Kids and Adults!  Choose one or two weeks.

Sample Curriculum

Kids – 9am to Noon weekdays, 1 or 2 weeks.

Adults – Weekends, all day.  (If you’d like a weekly program, we can add it) 

Each program can be customized for different age groups, interests and locations.

Day 1

Paddle board basics + safety and gear details.  Learn to stand with patient coaches then learn directional control, balance tips, walking the board, falling safely, remounting and paddling straight.  We’ll also cover boating right of way, paddling over boat wakes and in wind.  

Day 2

Tides and Currents + Ballard Locks History with Special Guests like local historian and author David B. Williams and tides and currents instructors.  

Day 3

Level up to surfing. Learn local surf fun waves from container ships in Seattle!  Learn surf forecasting, paddling out, choosing waves, surf etiquette and more.

Day 4

Join a Beach Naturalist at low tide and explore the world of beach life and how we can help it thrive. Learn beach etiquette, beach and combing tips. We’ve worked with Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists, a beach forager and others. 

Day 5

Tug and freighter wave surfing on Shilshole Bay or day learning to tackle the tidal rapids of beautiful Deception Pass!

More Options…

  • Special Guests: Health and Welfare of Marine Life + Paddling
  • Surf the Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Salish Sea beach and waterway clean-up
  • Paddle and leadership tour


Post Camp Extras

  • SBP Follow-up – We’ll send you a summary of skills students learned as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • Students will receive access to our SUP 101 or SUP Rescues Online Course to review skills learned and class and many more techniques!  Get paddle trip check-lists and planning tips..
  • 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.
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!



Duration:  Hours.  Sample times – 9:00 AM to Noon.  Includes 30min self catered lunch.

Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard or TBA

Ages: Students 13 – 18 OR Adult camps

Includes use of paddling gear, paddling clothing (toasty wetsuits) and other gear.  We require use of vest life jackets.

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


1 WEEK: 549 per person (8-10 students)

2 WEEKS: 1,098 per person (8-10 students)

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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