Private Paddling Lessons for Sea Kayak, Paddle Board and Surf Ski

Private Paddling Lessons –

I offer personalized instruction from 1-on-1 and small group private paddling lessons with myself and my expert certified coaches. Open to kayak, paddle board or surf ski training.

Whether you’re a total beginner or an intermediate or advanced paddler, I’ll work with you to meet your goals by creating a personalized lesson.

Classes can be customized to fit your interests or you can follow the format of one of our existing classes here.  Use the filter on the left of that page to choose kayak, paddle board or surf ski.

All equipment included in your lesson plus following your lesson, I’ll send you a summary of techniques covered, weather forecast apps we use and other essential info, plus any photos.

Bring your own gear if you have it to learn how to best use it better.

Lessons are available in Seattle and the Port Angeles area. Private locations may include additional fees if outside of our regular class areas.

3 Hour Class Options Available – Or We’ll Build your own!

  • SUP Basics 1
  • SUP Basics 2
  • Surf Ski Basics with Van Douglass in Hood River. Or Rob Casey in Seattle
  • Surf Ski Downwind with Van Douglas in Hood River.
  • Freighter Surfing in Seattle.
  • Kayak Rescues

Rates for 3 Hour Lessons (includes all gear):

1 – 1: $479

2 People: $337 each

3 – 4 People: $225 each

Contact me for Rates for the Following Half Day to Multi-Day Lessons:

  • Deception Pass training for surf ski, kayak or SUP
  • SUP or Kayak Surfing in Port Angeles
  • Kayak Level 1 (two 3hr sessions)
  • Kayak Level 2 (two 3hr sessions)
  • Private Surf Camp at Hobuck Beach on the coast

Contact me to discuss your lesson

Skill Prerequisites: 

Know how to swim (just the basics)! 

“I took the several lessons and it is a positive life changing experience, the knowledge of the instructors is both deep and wide, they are resourceful, patient, and not only great watermen professionals but also great teachers and guides. Taking a lesson with them is a must, without regard of your level. You will get also nice pics to show off..”

- Carlos O

“Great experience! I was a little hesitant to do one on one coaching with Rob due to the cost difference in the group sessions (which I would still like to do, particularly around Deception Pass) but there really is no substitute for the amount of attention & coaching you get in a one on one class. I did a downwind and just kind of “all around” SUP class with Rob in the Puget Sound and I had so much fun. I learned a bunch of new techniques and he improved on what I thought I already knew. He has an alumni FB group for his students and said I can hit him at any time for more advice.Great value for money, I would do that class again in a heartbeat. Thanks Robl”

- Chris H

“”I took the wind, tides, and current class with Robert Nissenbaum.   I had wanted to take the class for the last few years, and I finally had the opportunity to do so.   The class was way out of my comfort zone, and I am so happy that I registered.  It opened me up to a whole new language of ebb, flood, eddy, Neaps, and Spring.   Surely, I will appreciate my kayaking experiences so much more.   Additionally, the useful information will help our family determine when to take the new kayaks out on Saratoga Passage.   Valuable class and key for boating safety.  Take it.”

- Julie H