Covid-19 & Salmon Bay Paddle

Hey folks – In this unprecedented time one with much uncertainly, I will not be offering regular classes and tours until further notice. 

Group activities such as classes and tours are off limits at the moment at least until we are on the other side of this pandemic. 

But.. I do have essential online SUP courses you can purchase to learn the basics of stand up paddling and/or refresh or improve your current skills. 


My Online SUP Courses

  • SUP 101 – Learn the basics from gear and clothing to standing up, turns, falling, remount and paddling straight. 
  • Intermediate SUP – Learn footwork, the pivot turn, rough water and more.
  • Puget Sound Surfing – Find out where and when to surf the Sound. From freighter and tug waves to tidal rapids, power boats and downwinding. 
  • The SUP Paddle – Learn about the parts of a paddle, design, and how to clean. 
  • Inflatable SUPs – Find out how to inflate, fix, parts of, pros and cons. 
  • Marine Navigation – Sailor and paddler Skyler Palmer demonstrates basic navigation for paddlers.
  • Water Safety & Rescues
  • Learn how to install a fin and leash so you can be self efficient and safer
  • 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)
  • Learn about the best gear and strokes to prevent shoulder injuries
  • Learn how to paddle over boat wakes and in wind so you have more fun
  • Learn about gear and clothing options
  • Learn how to carry your board so you can be self-sufficient
  • We’ll show you how to load and safely secure a SUP to a car

Skill Prerequisites: NONE

Beginner level. You have had no or limited experience on a board or have limited skills. You aren’t comfortable in bumpy water, have only paddled a few times and/or haven’t fallen off a board yet. (If you haven’t fallen, you’re likely not pushing your skills to the next level.)

“I’ve had many SUP, surfing (and beyond) lessons world-wide but I haven’t found an expert in the area that compares to Rob’s level of quality experience, competency and teaching skills. Rob emphasizes safety first and caters to each individuals personal learning style in delivering quality instruction to paddlers of all levels. He truly went above and beyond and has set the bar extremely high for a business model that I hope to mirror. I will definitely return to him for further training.”
- Amber W

Class Details:

Class Size: 1 – 4 People group rate or private class

Location: Ballard Elks beach on Shilshole Bay in Seattle.

This class can also be taught at a location of your choice for the same cost in Seattle. Add additional travel fees (and/or ferry fees) for classes outside of Seattle.

Duration: 3 hours. Learn at your own pace.

Schedule: Saturday mornings 10am. Or contact us for a time that best fits your schedule. Private classes welcome.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:4 or 2:4, Video playback may be used.

Instructor Follow-up: Rob will send you a summary of skills you learned in class. He’ll stay in touch with you after class to assist with finding paddling equipment and offer tips on where to paddle in the NW.


Group Rate: 199 per person. 2 – 4 students. Rental gear free with class cost.

Individual Rate (1-1): 299. Rental gear free with class cost.
All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Alumni/Repeat Classes: $10 off per person.

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“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”
- Leah R

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