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  • *Payment is required to hold your spot in our classes. After paying, fill out the Student Info Form.
  • After paying, fill out the STUDENT INFO FORM – Make sure to fill this out before class so I can bring you the right sized clothing and equipment. I’m a mobile business so bring everything to the beach. Waivers will be signed in person on location (sanitizer available).
  • There are no dressing rooms – You will change into paddling clothes in a parking lot. Upon request, I can supply changing cloaks.
  • The Ballard Elks location has no restrooms. *Please plan ahead.

Required Class Items

  • DRY BAG FOR YOUR MASK. We wear the mask through the beach to the water, then take it off. You’ll want to keep it dry while on-water.
  • EYEGLASSES STRAP: For sunglasses and prescription glasses. Required for prescription glasses. We are not responsible for any lost glasses, keys, etc.
  • PLACE TO HIDE CAR KEYS during class. I prefer to not bring my keys on the water.  Uber/Lyft riders can leave your keys in my car.
  • MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS you need on-water such as inhalers and EpiPens. We’ll put in a waterproof bag.
  • WHAT TO WEAR UNDER A WETSUIT: Bathing Suit or shorts. Less clothing means more flexibility and a better fitting suit. No cotton.
  • IF NO WETSUIT: Wear a neoprene top and/or bottom or rash guard if you run warm. Swimsuits are fine for hot summer days in some locations.
  • EXTRAS – Hydration (water bottle), energy bar, sunblock.
  • PHONE – Only bring on-water if you a waterproof case/bag and a tether so you don’t lose it.

Have Your Own Paddling Gear?

Required Equipment:

  • VEST LIFE JACKET for all beginning classes and Deception Pass. C02 waist belt only ok for Intermediate and Advanced classes.
  • LEASH (SUP) – Coiled for everything except coastal surfing.
  • RENTALS AVAILABLE for anything you don’t have.
  • HAVEN’T TRIED YOUR GEAR ON FOR AWHILE?  Make sure you do so before class. Rental are available. We don’t recommend buying clothing just for class.
  • HAVE YOUR OWN BOARDS & KAYAKS? We recommend you bring your own gear, most of my students have better boards and kayaks than me!
  • INFLATABLE SUPS – Are welcome in classes and tours. Inflatables do fine for surfing, Deception Pass and racing!


  • Neoprene shorties, Spring suits 3/2mm (Summer only)
  • Farmer John/Jane (armless wetsuit) with paddling top (rash guard, neoprene or GoreTex). (Summer only)
  • Full surfing wetsuits 3/4mm to 5/4mm
  • Dry suits with non-cotton synthetic insulation under
  • Paddling tops and bottoms (neoprene, nylon, GoreTex) / (Summer only)
  • Outdoor clothing such as rain coats/pants, ski hat also work for cooler days. (Summer only)
  • Boards should be stable for classes and tours. Minimum 10′  in length. We can help you become more stable on your board.

** What to Wear? Final paddling clothing decisions will me made once we see the weather and water in-person

  • Optional Beach Towel or changing cloak/robe – to help with changing and to dry off after.
  • Visor or Brimmed Hat for sun protection.
  • Waterproof camera with strap or GoPro with floater. You can attach these to your PFD. We have GoPro mounts on some boards.

Fall / Winter:

  • 4/3mm and 5/4mm wetsuits or dry suits.
  • Winter surfing / paddling booties to 7mm. Waterproof neoprene inner lining for cold days.
  • Warm clothes and warm hat to wear after. Consider thermos of hot non-alcohol drink for after class.
  • Foam pad or extra towel (or similar) to stand on while changing.
  • Capiline, SmartWool, or Polypro Top to wear under wetsuit. No cotton for off season or surfing, DP, etc.!
  • Hot water to pour on yourself after class! 

IMPORTANT: If you have a medical condition that could lead to an emergency that requires medication, such as allergic reactions that require an EpiPen or a heart condition that may require medication, you are responsible for bringing any medications to class and informing the instructor.

What Not to Wear

No jeans, pants, skirts, tennis shoes or anything cotton or baggy. *Cotton shirts do work on hot sunny non-surf days.

Deception Pass Gear Requirements

  • Vest PFD / Life Jacket Only.  *No waist C02 belt PFDs.
  • Full 4-3mm or 5-4mm wetsuit or dry suit.
  • Inflatable or hard Boards must be stable for rough water. No 23″ race boards. *Kayaks 12′ and over. *Stable Surf skis.
  • Add synthetic thin top layer such as SmartWool or a rash guard under for extra warmth.
  • Neoprene hood or hooded vest.
  • Neoprene gloves such as the NRS Mavericks Glove or Glacier Perfect Curve in winter.
  • Booties (I use NRS Freestyle). The shore is rocky.
  • Coiled leash to the length of your board. We’ll attach to your waist PFD straps. Recommended for kayakers.
  • Hydration on board/kayak  or attached to PFD. Energy bar.
  • Sunblock and/or UV lip baum
  • Baseball hat for sunny days will be worn under helmet.
  • Paddling helmet like NRS, Gath, Sweet. **I’ll bring helmets if you don’t have one.

All above gear available with rental price option

Surf and Freighter Class Gear Requirements

  • Full 4-3mm or 5-4mm wetsuit or dry suit. If bringing your own, try before class.
  • PFD for freighter surf (considered inner waterway not coastal)
  • Inflatable or hard SUPs, sea or surf kayak, surf ski.
  • Add synthetic thin top layer such as SmartWool or a rash guard under for extra warmth.
  • Neoprene hood or hooded vest.
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene booties (I use NRS Freestyle, NRS WetShoe another good one)
  • For SUPs: Straight leash to the length of your board. Coiled leashes ok for Race/DW boards.
  • No PFD needed for coastal surf.
  • Hydration and energy bar.
  • Sunblock and/or UV lip baum
  • Wide brimmed hat or baseball hat for warmer sunny days.
  • Optional helmet for big conditions

All above gear available with rental price option

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