SUP Basics 2

SUP Basics 2

SUP Basics 2 will make you faster, more stable and achieve your goals easier with finesse while staying injury free. This class can be customized to your goals and interests.

Learn how to paddle straight, turn easily, stay stable over boat wakes and learn how to walk the board and do pivot / buoy turn.

If you’re not sure if you’re a fit for SUP Basics 2 – You should be able to stand up on a board with no issues to be in this class and have basic directional control.  If you’re a total beginner and have never stood up, then SUP Basics 1 is your class.  If you’re still unsure, take SUP Basics 1 and we’ll work with where you’re at.  We teach to each student individually at your level and go from there.

Note that this class doesn’t follow an exact curriculum. The class is designed to be customized to your interests, skill level!

This is a private 1-1 or two person lesson. Contact me to discuss your goals.

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • Stroke Analysis – Refine your forward stroke. Paddle straighter with more power, less effort while minimizing injuries.
  • Learn to prone, sit and kneel using powerful strokes helpful for paddling up wind.
  • Buoy / pivot turns, crossbow, draw strokes and more so you’ll be in better control, easier.
  • Footwork – Learn or refine your skills for walking on the board. Required for surfing and downwinding.
  • Rescues – Flip rescue and towing. Save a life with these skills!
  • Rough water skills – Waves, balance, paddling in current, wind and reverb. Learn how to have more fun.
  • Focus on specific skills of interest to you such as downwinding, racing, boat wake surfing
  • What do you want to learn or improve?


  • Ballard Elks Lodge beach in Seattle. Alternative locations ok. Add travel fees for outside of Seattle. 

After Class Extras

  • Instructor Follow-up After Class – We’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in your lesson as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • You’ll able to join our Facebook Alumni Group to continue learning and for connecting with other paddlers.
  • SBP owner Rob Casey is always available to consult with you to find paddling gear, find places to paddle and help you get to your next level.
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!


  • Public Group Classes start in June
  • Our ‘Private Classes’ include individual (1-1) or groups up to 4 people. Available all year.
  • We don’t cancel for rain.
  • Rental Gear available. See rates below.  OK to bring your own gear including inflatable sups.
  • Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard / Seattle.  Private classes can be held at a custom location. Travel fees for outside Seattle.
  • Requirements: Must speak English and Know how to swim (the basics). Contact Orca Swim to learn.


2 Private Person Rate: 349 per person

Individual Rate (1-1): 497

+ RENTAL GEAR IS FREE IN SEATTLE //  No rentals for Olympic Peninsula classes

  • We recommend wetsuits and booties even in Summer as the Sound doesn’t really warm up.  Our suits are toasty warm, flexible and comfortable
  • OK TO USE YOUR OWN GEAR. It’s best to learn on your own gear if you have it. But please don’t buy gear just for our class. Try our gear first!
  • Rates are non-negotiable / Gratuities are always welcome. 


Contact me to discuss your goals and booking info










“I took the SUP Basics 102 Course after corresponding with Rob Casey about my goals and experience with SUP. Having all of this amazing water to explore in my back yard, it is important to me that I do it safely. I rode home after the session – even more excited bout this sport than before. I was amazed how much we covered in our first session and I can’t wait to continue to take more lessons and classes from Salmon Bay Paddle. I drove home with a deep appreciation of the work that I need to l operate safely out on the water and a clear picture of what I need to do to get to my goals thanks to the recourses, experience gained in the Basics 102 session and his patient instruction. The class not only was informative but challenge me as well.”

- Sue R

“I had a bit of time in Seattle and signed up for this class having never done a class before. I was able to set my own time with Rob, the owner. In short, Rob is an excellent teacher. He was extraordinarily thorough and responsible about going over all the basics about skills and safety before we ever got out on the water.”

- Leah P

Rob presented an excellent class to me. He tailored it to my level and gave me lots to think about and practice. Since I primarily want to explore the local Puget Sound, the class helped me to feel comfortable interpreting the wind, currents, and tides. I am now able to use the tide table and wind charts and know what to expect and what I can handle safely. Rob was all about safety and I appreciated his caring and professional attitude. Game changer class. A must-do for anyone wanting to be safe and be good. Thank you Rob!  (May 2021)
Rachel O

I took the SUP 2 basics class with Rob and I’m certainly glad I did. Rob has significant experience paddling our local waterways so I also learned about wind, tides/currents, etiquette, gear/apparel, motor boat behavior, and safety. Rob’s style is friendly but serious, patient, and fun. In addition to SUP 2 basics, Rob even included some freighter wave surfing! I recommend taking this course whether you’re new to paddling like me or already great at it, you’ll definitely expand your knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Andy Delano

I wish everyone could take a class or two with Rob so that we could have more safe and prepared paddlers. Very fun and interesting experience. I learned about local water conditions, equipment, technique, safety and local places to go paddle. Great investment overall. I’m planning on signing up for more classes with Rob and his team.  (May 2021)
Yamil M

I conquered several fears paddling in currents and surfing waves and owe it to Rob, where safety and professional instructions are Salmon Bay Paddle’s top priorities!

- Margrit Ralph

I’ve been paddling on flat water for about a year and thought I was pretty good.  Then Rob patiently explained how to make my paddling more efficient, how to deal with swells and choppy water and how to be more comfortable and safe on the board.  In one hour, I became a much better paddler.  If SUP is new to you or if you’ve been at it for a while, Rob will help you have more fun on a paddle board.

- Karsten Hagen, Bend

“I wanted to pull two visiting teenage girls out of their comfort zone of shopping, make-up and Netflix. Having personally taken lessons with Rob a couple years ago, I contacted him to see if we could arrange something. Instructor Joe McColskey, a former high school teacher and personal trainer was up to the challenge. The girls really enjoyed their SUP Basics session.”

- Lynn P

“Rob is a fantastic stand up paddle board instructor. His knowledge of the sport and the local waters is remarkable. I’ve been out for a couple of lessons with him now and I’ve learned a lot and become a better paddler each time. I especially appreciate his commitment to safety and doing things the right way. He’s also just a good dude and I highly recommend him to anyone interested in SUP.”

- Shanon Dell, Sequim