Advanced Overnight Paddling Trip

Covid-19 Notice – Available for 1-4 people. Masks required on shore, social distancing on land and shore. All gear is cleaned. Instructors are 3x vaccinated.  

Advanced Overnight Paddling Trip

This trip is for paddlers who have strong skills in tidal currents, wind and waves.  Open to sea kayaks and touring SUPs. 

We will choose a destination which will challenge you while building new skills like marine navigation and advanced tidal rapids training.  

Possible locations include Cypress Island in the San Juan Islands and Hope and Skagit Island east of Deception Pass. Each have challenging tidal currents and epic views.  

This course is 1 night and 2 days available weekdays and weekends. 

After the trip we’ll send you a follow-up guide for paddling trips including skills learned on your trip plus additional resources to help with future trips.

The trip is rated Intermediate skill level because swift tidal current and we may encounter wind and some small waves.  I recommend taking our Deception Pass Tidal Rapids class prior to understand how to paddle in fast current on Puget Sound. 

Available for sea kayak, surf ski or SUP. this is a Self Catered (you cook your own food) trip with a Max capacity 4 people from the same household during Covid-19.

Day 1
– Meet, safety check, risk assessment at launch
– Introduce marine navigation in tidal current setting a bearing to our destination
– Crossing channels, avoiding boat traffic, working with current
– Learn to use ferry angles based on wind and current
– Making camp, food preparation, staying above high tide
– Discussion of marine navigation, tides, currents and more.
– Explore with a local circumnavigation or beach hike
Day 2
– After breakfast, we’ll determine whether to cover skills topics (below) or take it easy, go for hike or exploratory paddle
– Strokes class so you can paddle faster with less effort and minimize long term injuries
– Rescue practice so you can self rescue anywhere and/or help a friend
– Skills practice. We’ll continue to look at navigation or anything you want to work on.
– After breakfast or lunch, we will pack up and return to our launch spot. 

Trip Details:

Season: All year.

Private + Public GroupTours Only.  Contact me for a time that best fits your schedule. 

This is a Self Catered (you cook your own food) trip. 

Max capacity 4  from same household (plus 1-2 guides) people during Covid-19.

Paddling Distance: 10-12 miles, (4-5 miles per day with breaks)

Duration: 1 night, 2 days. Longer or shorter duration ok. Contact me to discuss.

Skill Level: Intermediate. Must have some rough water experience and be able to paddle 5 miles per day. Take our Deception Pass class and/or Kayaking or SUP L2 for skills.


You should have your own kayak, surf ski or sup. Contact us if you need a boat rental.

Group Rate (3-4 people):  899 per person

2 Person Rate – 999 per person

1-1 Individual Rate: Contact us

+ Rental:

$20 – Toasty wetsuit, booties, gloves, hood, leash, lifejacket.

$30 – Touring Kayak or SUP rental

$20 – Tent, MSR backpacking stove and cookware, Thermarest sleeping pad. *Bring your own sleeping bag during Covid. 

Contact us for details


Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate SUP, Kayak or Surf Ski:

You have taken our SUP, Kayak or Surf Ski Basics 2 classes and/or have proven paddling in small waves and wind and/or currents. You can paddle 3 miles without stopping and can self-rescue. 

Suggested Classes for this tour – SUP Basics 2 / Kayak Level 2 / Surf Ski 1. Also recommended: Deception Pass Tidal Rapids.  

“Excellent experience! Rob is not only extremely knowledgeable about the technical aspects of SUP, but also many other factors that will enhance your experience. Among these, safety on the water, PNW places to explore, history and culture of the sport, a laundry list of tips on how to enjoy the SUP lifestyle year round and a solid under standing of the natural elements (tides, swells, wind patterns, geological and hydrological features, etc…).

He truly has a passion for the sport and demonstrates patience and expertise in his teaching​.”

- Blake B

“Rob has introduced us to amazing new places to SUP and has taught us a lot of useful technique. I feel like a completely different paddler​.”

- Kathy Hardy

“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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