Pop Up Paddling Clinics

Covid-19 Update: Pop Up Paddling Clinics are available for Individual and small groups (6p max)Paddling is a naturally distanced activity. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore, no masks on water. All gear is always cleaned. Instructors are vaccinated. 

Pop Up Paddling Clinics

Our Pop Up Paddling Clinics offer sea kayak, SUP and surf ski instruction by our patient PSUPA and ACA certified coaches.

With a few specific locations already planned for 2021-2022, we’re available to come to your area to provide our clinics or custom designed clinics to meet your interests.

Whether you’re in Bellingham, Port Angeles, Olympia or elsewhere, we’ll chat and figure a date, location and menu of paddling clinics. We like to have a minimum of 3 people per clinic to run the full list of clinics.

Private 1-1’s and private small groups always available at your preferred location for our regular rates.

Sea Kayak Clinics Clinics:
9-11am – Kayak Basic Stroke Clinic
11am-12 – Kayak gear and outfitting session
12-1pm – Lunch / Break
2-4pm – Kayak rescues and recoveries
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Clinics:
9-11am – SUP Basics 1
11am-12 – SUP Basics 2
12-1pm – Lunch / Break
2-4pm – Advanced SUP Techniques (or SUP Basics 1)
Surf Ski Clinics:
9-11am – Surf Ski Basics
11am-12 – Surf Ski Intermediate Skills
12-1pm – Lunch / Break
2-4pm – Surf Ski Advanced Skills (or repeat of Basics or Intermediate Skills)
*Reservation only.  No walk-ups


Must book 72 hours before start of clinic to hold your spot.    

Rental gear available – Rates below..

Capacity: 3-6 Students Per Clinic

One Clinic: $189 per person

2 Clinics: $399

3 Clinics: $499
+ ADD RENTAL GEAR:  $15 pp for full wetsuit, booties, gloves and hood.  $30 pp for a kayak or SUP, paddle, PFD.  $15 pp for stable SUP, paddle, PFD.

SBP Alumni: $10 off per person.

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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