Paddling Pool Sessions

Paddling Pool Sessions – Kayak Rescues Class

Keep your kayaking rescue skills fresh and/or learn new skills in warm water with our Fall and Winter Paddling Pool Sessions.

Learn how to easily get back into your kayak and/or help another paddler into theirs with our Kayak Rescue Class.

Our pool sessions may cost more than the big club sessions but you’ll get more personalized attention from our instructor in a small class environment.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Kitsap Class – OIympic Aquatic. Center Pool in Bremerton – Dec 10 (11am-2pm) – Instructor: Robert Nissenbaum
  • Seattle classes in Jan & Feb 2023 –  Dates TBA

We’re working with Evergreen Pool in Burien near Seattle.  Sessions to be announced in 2023.

Kayaking Rescue Class:

This kayaking rescue class will give you more confidence with your paddling knowing you can go further off shore, travel further and explore new places. This is also a great class if you need a refresher.

Our patient ACA certified kayak coaches will show you how to safely wet-exit and get back in your own boat using a variety of methods such as the Cowboy and Paddle Float Rescue.  We will also show you how to help another paddler who can’t get in their boat using the T-Rescue and other easy to learn methods.

Instructor Bios: Robert Nissenbaum

Core Kayak Rescue Skills:

  • How to outfit your boat to make it easier to work with for rescues
  • We’ll discuss wet exits to make sure you’re exiting safely
  • Learn how to re-mount your boat using the paddle float and cowboy and cowgirl rescue
  • Find out how to rescue another kayaker using the T-Rescue, heel hook method and others.
  • Learn how to rescue other water craft like SUPs and kite surfers.
  • Find out how to get back on a sit on top kayak or surf ski if available
  • What do you want to learn or improve?

Kayak Rolling – Seattle Only:

  • Small class of 4 people (capacity) or 1-1 – Seattle only.
  • Learn the basics of setting up for a roll and developing muscle memory
  • Learn the set-up for a safe injury free roll
  • Great refresher class too!
  • If you have a roll, we’ll look at the re-entry and roll method

Student Benefits:

  • 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 help you find paddling gear, find places to paddle and help you get to your next level.
  • Get a 20% discount from Mountaineers Books for any title. Or get Rob’s books: ‘Kayaking Puget Sound‘ and ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers.
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!



  • Kitsap Class Dec 10 (11am-2pm) at Olympic  Aquatic Center Pool in Bremerton with Robert Nissenbaum
  • Seattle classes: in Jan & Feb 2023 – Dates:  TBA
  • Who Should Take This Class? Kayakers who have basic swim skills
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Capacity: 6 boats for OIympic Aquatic Pool
  • Requirements: Must speak and/or understand English
  • Can’t Make These Classes? Check out our outdoor classes held all year. Toasty rental gear available



Note: Rates are higher than outdoors for cost of pool rental and lifeguard.  And unlike other pool sessions we are limiting to 6 boats for a more personalized Kayak Rescues Class

Bremerton – 6 Students Capacity: 225 per person – Dec 10, 11am


SEATTLE – 4 Students Capacity – 287 per person

+ Cost Includes Kayak Rental Gear: Sea Kayak, life jacket, paddle, pump and skirt

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“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

“Salmon Bay Paddle is a great place to take kayak class.  I learned from Robert in a private class
He helped me to advance a lot, especially in recovery techniques, strokers and many other things

He is a very devoted coach giving very helpful individualized instructions. Also he helped me a lot with selecting gear
I highly recommend Salmon Bay Paddle”

- Andrei L

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

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