Kayak Touring Basics

Covid-19 Update:  SBP is now open.  We’ll maintain a 6′ distance and wear masks in class.

Kayak Touring Basics

The Pacific Northwest has some of the best kayak touring on the planet! 

From a 75 campsite water trail to the 175 named islands in the San Juan Island archipelago.  We have beautiful protected forested coves to the swift tidal rapids of Deception Pass.  

This is a land based class to help you learn how to outfit your kayak for touring. We’ll also discuss what and how to pack, trip planning resources and more. 

Check out my book Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips by Mountaineers Books. 

And my blog for the Kayaking Puget Sound book!

Due to Covid-19 WA State guidelines, I can’t offer an overnight option until Phase 2 or 3.  

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to outfit your kayak for a trip
  • Planning for day and overnight trips
  • Trip planning tips and resources
  • Get marine forecast weather apps
  • Prepare a trip check-list so you don’t forget essential gear.
  • Learn where to go on both freshwater and the salt. 
  • We’ll discuss off season touring

Skill Prerequisites: NONE


“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.

Location: This is a land based class. 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: Contact me set up a time. 

Instructor Follow-up: I will send you a summary of skills you learned in class. 


Group Rate: 99 per person. 2 – 4 students. Rental gear free with class cost.

Individual Rate (1-1): 223

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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