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Seattle SUP Team Building and Group Activities

We offer year round small group stand up paddling (SUP) outdoor office escapes or team building group activities to some of Washington’s most exciting waterways from Seattle’s waterways to Deception Pass, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and/or the Washington coast.

Whether you’re seeking a simple 3 hour office escape on Seattle’s Lake Union or beautiful Shilshole Bay or a multi-day experience, we can work with your to develop a fulfilling experience.

Trips are led by our PSUPA and ACA certified instructors. Safety and your positive experience is our priority. We require vest life jackets and leashes for all participants and wetsuits for colder days or coastal trips. Our guides are friendly and professional.

Covid Notice: We follow current Covid guidance. Instructors are vaccinated.

 

Small Group SUP Trip Options

Three Hour Paddling Trip on Lake Union in Seattle:

For an inner city tour on Lake Union and go over SUP basics with your team learning to stand up, turn, fall safely, remount easily, paddle straight and paddle over boat wakes.

We’ll explore the houseboats, paddle past Ivar’s and Chihuly’s studio, under draw bridges, past shipyards and marinas. Enjoy views of Seattle’s skyline and landing sea planes.

Three Hour Paddling Trip on Shilshole Bay in Seattle:

We’ll explore Ballard’s Shilshole Bay spotting friendly harbor seals, bald eagles and sea life underfoot. We’ll paddle past rustic homes on stilts to see the Ballard Locks or explore the back waterways and boats of Shilshole Marina.

If conditions allow, we’ll paddle to West Point Lighthouse to see downtown Seattle, Mt Rainier, Bainbridge and Vashon Island and distance Olympic Mountain and Mt Baker views.

Along the way, we’ll stop at a sandy beach for a snack break and explore the sea life along the shore.

Rates: $225 per person which includes the following rental options –  Stable board, paddle, leash, life jacket. wetsuit, booties, and gloves if cool.

OK for participants to bring their own gear.

 

Half-day Trip to Deception Pass

Deception Pass has two protected beautiful bays perfect for summer paddling. Enjoy Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands views and rich sea and bird life.

Bowman Bay Tour: Learn the basics of SUP on protected flat water then explore the bay.  If conditions allow we’ll visit a sea cave and amazing tree lined pocket beaches.  Or portage into Lottie Bay which some say resembles SE Alaska with up front and safe views of the Deception Pass Bridge.

Tidal Rapids Intro: We can also take your group into the tidal rapids providing expert training in this epic waterway. Starting with SUP basics in Bowman Bay, we’ll have your group paddling with confidence in the rapids by the end of the session.

We’ll choose a day with favorable currents entering the Pass with minimal current to keep your group safe while still having an incredible experience!  We’ve been paddling in the Pass for over 20 years and love to share it with others!

Rates for 4 Hours with Expert Guides: $399 which includes rentals – stable board, paddle, leash, life jacket. $15 each for wetsuit, booties, and gloves if cool.

OK for participants to bring their own gear.

SUP Surf Camp

Learning to surf increases confidence, promotes a sense of accomplishment and demonstrates how persistence and sticking with a task leads to success. SUP surfing is also great exercise and super fun!

Our instructors are patient and have a strong focus on safety. Camps are 2 days and take place at Hobuck Beach on the NW coast. Lodging includes cabins if available or beach front camping.

Our instructors can double as hiking guides to provide a day hiking experience to nearby Shi Shi Beach for additional or non-surf days.

Surf Camp Group Size for Safety: Capacity 8

Rates for 2 Days: 609 which includes rentals such as a stable board, paddle, leash, life jacket. wetsuit, booties, hood and gloves. Optional helmets available.

 

Overnight SUP Trip

For those with SUP experience. Or add a SUP training day.

Participants learn how to pack and outfit paddle boards for trips. Then plan a route using marine navigation, weather, tides and currents. And learn how to paddle safely and efficiently while safely negotiating boating traffic and using wind and tidal current to assist.

Overnight trips are self-catered food wise.  Destinations include islands in Puget Sound such as Blake Island near Seattle and beautiful Hope Islands east of Deception Pass.

Rates for 2 Days: 609 which includes rentals such as a stable board, paddle, leash, life jacket. wetsuit, booties, hood and gloves. Optional helmets available.

 

SUP Freighter Surfing in Seattle

Yes you can surf Seattle!  Participants learn how to stand up on a SUP then how to surf small waves on Puget Sound generated by ships passing offshore. It’s easier than you’d think and promotes confidence, a sense of accomplishment, persistence and a super fun healthy activity without a long drive to the coast.

Includes a basic SUP lesson prior to the surfing experience.

Class Capacity: 6 people for safety

Rates: $225 per person which includes the following rental options –  Stable board, paddle, leash, life jacket. wetsuit, booties, and gloves if cool.

 

Sample Team Building Experiences

There’s many options for strengthening your team through paddling.  We offer 3 hour to multi-day experiences for your team and each event can be customized to your goals. The above Paddling Trips can also be designed to fulfill your team building goals.

Learning marine navigation, paddling races, on-water games and leadership training for trips are a small sampling of what we can do with your group.

  • Local Events – 3 hour to full day events on local lakes or the Puget Sound
  • 2 Day to Multi-Day Events may include planning an overnight trip to an island, a surf camp or learning to paddle the rapids in Deception Pass

Team Building Ideas:

  • Marine Navigation games or competitions using compasses and marine charts to plot a bearing (find a route) and paddle there.
  • Competitions teaching participants how to gear up on shore adding fins, leashes, full wetsuits and life jackets (always a challenge for beginners)
  • Learn leadership and outdoor guiding skills
  • Group competitions for planning a day trip or overnight paddling expedition on Puget Sound
  • Races – Relay and obstacle races (may include paddling tandem, prone, etc) and other fun on-water games.
  • Small group (8) learning to surf together on the Washington Coast (2 days)
  • Your team learning to paddle the tidal rapids of Deception Pass. This is a very safe activity. We’ve been teaching in the Pass for over a decade.
  • Let’s discuss possibilities!

 

Clients

Compass Outdoor Adventures, Facebook, Agua Verde Paddle Club, Outdoor Research, Kenmore Air, OpenX, GeoTeaming, Evergreen Escapes, Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence and more.

Details:

  • Capacity: 15 people, (minimum: 3 people)
  • Craft: SUP / Paddle Board (15 boards) and/or Sea Kayak (5 boats)
  • Rates: Varies per trip, duration and capacity.
  • Location: Varies per experience. Custom locations welcome.
  • Duration: 3 hours to multi-day
  • Instructor to Student Ratio: 2:10 / 3:15
  • Experience Level: All levels welcome
  • Gear we Supply: Stable boards, paddles, leashes, vest PFDs, toasty wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods and helmets if needed.
  • Available all year

Contact us!

 

 

Skill Prerequisites: NONE

Beginner level. Groups have no or limited experience on a board but have basic swimming skills and can speak and understand English.  

“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

“Today was awesome. I stepped way out of my comfort zone. That’s what took me so long to decide if I was driving or paddling. Once again, I thank the skills and confidence Robert gave me. I still don’t feel I could easily self rescue but where we paddled today I felt that even if I went in, I’d be okay.

6 months ago that wouldn’t have been the case. And I really appreciate your tip on my bent arms. It felt awkward to me, but I definitely felt the difference in power. I will use that next weekend when we paddle our 26 miles of Lake Cushman, so thank you!

- Dnitra A

“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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