Paddle Board Tour on Freshwater Bay

Imagine paddling below 300 foot cedar and madrone topped cliffs while exploring tucked away pocket beaches with sea caves and rich marine life. Welcome to our paddle board tour on Freshwater Bay.  Located west of Port Angeles, Freshwater Bay is on the north Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca – only three hours from Seattle.

Launching on the west side of the Freshwater Bay, we’ll start out by rounding a mussel and tide pool covered sea stack called Bachelor Rock. With views of distant Vancouver Island and Mt Baker, we turn west to explore the beautiful coastal shoreline with interesting rocks, clear water for viewing sea life underfoot while spotting marine life such as harbor seals, bald eagles and an occasional sea otter.  The recently freed Elwha River empties into Freshwater Bay a few miles to the east.

Alternatively, in calm conditions we can launch from Salt Creek Recreational Area 6 miles to the west. Learn more about this route in my book “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips” (Trip #41)

You’ll Learn..

  • The best gear for coastal SUP tours and trips
  • How to outfit your board to carry fuel, hydration etc
  • How to forecast marine weather, tides and currents
  • Route finding using dead reckoning,  a marine chart and apps
  • On-water communication and safety signaling
  • How to paddle through slots, surge channels and other tight spots
  • Learn about towing and other rescue techniques

Skill Level – Intermediate paddlers whom are comfortable standing over small waves and can paddle 2-3 miles. Take my SUP Basics 2 class to boost you skills for this tour.

Pair this tour with a SUP Surfing class on nearby Crescent Beach a few miles away.

“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

Tour Details:

2020 Schedule: TBA

Private Trips: Available upon your schedule and conditions. Available all year.

Tour Size: 1-6 people.

Skill Level: Intermediate. Take my SUP Basics 2 class to gain essential skills for this tour. You should be comfortable standing in small waves and wind. Sitting and kneeling on rough water ok on this trip providing your have directional control.

Duration: Half Day (4 hrs) with breaks.


3-6 people:  179 per person if you need rental gear / 159 per person with your own gear.

2 Person Rate: 223 per person if you need rental gear / 199 per person with your own gear.

1 Person Rate (Private Tour): 399 with rental gear / 373 with your own gear.

Rental option includes: Stable board, deck bag, paddle, leash, lifejacket, wetsuit and booties.

Alumni: $25 off per person

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