Deception Pass SUP Class

Learn the basics of river SUP and paddling tidal rapids in this Deception Pass SUP class. Saltwater tidal rapids will prepare you for paddling in rivers, surfing tidal rapids, downwinding and my annual Deception Pass Challenge race (Dec 11th). You’ll also get essential skills for exploring Puget Sound and the current laden San Juan Islands.

For many, Deception Pass looks scary and untouchable. I will share with you how to read the water, understand the currents and know when to be in the Pass for the best paddling and surfing.  Local paddlers paddle the Pass to simulate open ocean conditions to train for channel crossing races and the downdwinding of Hood River.

You’ll paddle with harbor seals, see bald eagles, possible orca sightings and enjoy majestic views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula and on a clear day, Victoria BC.

This is a unique experience not offered by any other SUP business in the region.  Our patient certified instructors will lead you or your group through the Pass with your safety, skill level and interests in mind.  We use quality gear and follow strict safety protocols fo you will be safe and come aways with the most memorable experience possible.

Covid-19 Notice: Paddling is a naturally distanced activity and great for much exercise and fresh air. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. All instructors are vaccinated. 

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to forecast marine weather, tides, and currents so you can plan your own trips to the Pass
  • Learn to paddle with control and confidence in swift current and rough water
  • Find out how to enter and leave current with ease so you’ll have more control in rapids
  • You’ll learn how to ‘ferry’ across swift current to safely and quickly cross rivers of current
  • Learn how to surf boat wakes which get super fun in the Pass!
  • Find out about downwinding possibilities in the Pass. Imagine all that current going with or against wind.
  • Learn how to paddle over boils, mild whirlpools, upwellings and through kelp beds
  • I’ll help you choose the best best gear for river paddling so you stay warm and comfortable
  • If conditions are right, we’ll surf standing waves in the Pass!
  • Paddling the Pass will help you have the skills to plan trips on Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and beyond
  • Learn how the Pass works to train for our Deception Pass Challenge Race December 11th.  

Student Benefits..

  • Instructor Follow-up After Class – We’ll available after class to help you learn how to paddle in the Pass on your own and help with gear selection and more.
  • Get free access to my SUP 102 Intermediate SUP online course. 24 Lessons plus our fav marine weather and tide/currents apps and resources. (Value: $199)
  • Get free access to my SUP Rescues and Water Safety online course. Learn the Flip Rescue, stirrup for iSups, getting on your board and more. (Value: $197)
  • Receive our Deception Pass Paddler’s Guide to help you plan your own trip to the Pass or in tidal current.
  • You’ll able to join our Facebook Alumni Group to continue learning and for connecting with other paddlers.
  • Get 20% off any title at Mountaineers Books.  Both of Rob’s books ‘Kayaking Puget Sound’ and ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers’ are published by Mountaineers Books
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!


Schedule: Oct 23  / Nov 13 / Dec 4 – Available all year.  Private lessons available on your schedule. Weekdays welcome!

Duration: 4 hrs. We’ll take breaks on beautiful protected pocket beaches.

Skill Level: **Must be a solid Intermediate level and be comfortable paddling in rough water, boat and wind waves, can swim and know how get back on a board.

Bringing Your Own Gear? No slim race boards! Recommend 27″ and wider.  I require a Vest PFD, helmet and full wet or drysuit. Booties and gloves recommended for walking on rocky beaches.


Group Class 3 – 6 students – 349 per person

2 Person Class: 449 per person

1-1: 723 Get personalized training from a patient expert coach with a strong focus on safety.


  • $15 – Stable board, deck bag, paddle, leash, Vest PFD.
  • $15 – Toasty 4/3mm or 5/4mm wetsuit, booties. gloves, hood and helmet.

Gratuities Welcome / Rates are Non-negotiable

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“Rob and Harry are outstanding SUP instructors. They know the paddle board industry and are willing to share there knowledge to make you better. Rob excels in the technical areas and his teaching provides insight in helping you increase your skills. I have taken the instructor training and the Deception Pass’s tidal rapids class and both experiences were outstanding. The classes were held in epic places in the PNW. Salmon Bay Paddle will make you a better paddler and you will have a good time doing it!!”

John G

“I found my way to Rob Casey in a roundabout way and I am so happy that I ended up taking his SUP 1 class that then lead me to his Deception Pass class. The DP class is an amazing experience and so far rates #1 in my outdoor water experience.

The feeling of learning how to navigate the rapids and surf the confluence felt like something I had never felt before. Rob and his partner Scott made our experience extra safe, fun, and joyful.

At the end of the class, all 4 of us were safely on our own surfing like old friends. Rob takes many steps to ensure paddle safety and he is an excellent guide with language that sticks in my brain. I can hear him telling me to lean into the current, paddle, paddle, paddle, get on your board after falling in, and always wear a PFD.

I now have the confidence to travel to DP without Rob and have a great time and know I will paddle back to my car happy and in one piece. Life is good with safety knowledge and skills. I cannot thank Rob enough. Take this class, you will not regret it. Safety and knowledge are priceless along one’s SUP learning trajectory and one’s paddle future.”

Rachel O

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