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SUP Training Program

This SUP Training Program is a weekly option to keep you paddling, staying in shape and learning all year.

Start as a beginner, intermediate or advanced paddler.  With regular professional guidance and training, progress forward each week to get to your next level. Our training will give you the confidence, experience and skill to paddle anywhere, in any water on your own.

You can also customize your training to focus on areas of interest whether it be racing, downwinding, surfing, touring, fitness, tidal rapids or fun paddling.

Stand up paddling is a naturally distanced outdoor activity which also reduces stress, is an all around workout and of course is super fun!  On land we will wear masks and distance. On-water, no masks but distancing will be practiced.

Paddling locations can vary to introduce you to paddling in different places and types of water in the Puget Sound region. Add an extra travel fee for locations outside of the immediate Seattle area. My primary paddling spot in Seattle are Ballard’s Salmon and Shilshole Bays due to the dynamic water options available daily.  If your interest is surfing and other non-Seattle locations, we’ll determine a different fee for each trip.

Rental equipment and clothing is available for all your classes even if you only need a wetsuit or a paddle.  See the details for pricing options.

Bonus Class Guides sent after you first class, and receive either a session summary and/or video feedback after each class. Each student will also receive free access to my online courses for each level.  And you’ll be added to the Salmon Bay Paddle alumni group and receive Alumni discounts for future classes.

Professional and PSUPA Certified Guides

All Salmon Bay Paddle guides are PSUPA certified and each have an in-depth and wide range of paddling skills from surfing and tidal rapids to racing, downwinding and more. Each instructor have received rave reviews from our customers and provide you with the most professional and safety focused training in the region.  Meet our Guides

For beginners..

Your journey could begin with our popular SUP Basics 1 and 2 classes then progressing and refining your technique over a period of weeks or months to intermediate and beyond. If you have an interest areas such as surfing, training will lead in that direction.  If you don’t know, no worries!  Paddling is a journey, you may find other areas of interest down the road!

For Intermediate to Advanced Paddlers..

You’ll start with refining your current skills and fixing bad habits to make you as efficient and injury free as possible. Then begin to build your skills focusing on your goals and interests. Your journey could focus on touring, trips, racing, surfing, tidal rapids at Deception Pass, downwinding, expeditions / overnight touring or even Seventy48 race training.  You choose – I’ll help you get there.

DETAILS:

Schedule: Set to your schedule and weather conditions. 

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours weekly.

Skill Level: Beginner: No or limited experience.  Intermediate – You can stand up easily and paddle in small waves and wind.

Payment Terms: Monthly, half year or annual payment / Minimum one month required for each plan. Cancel anytime after 30 days.  

WEEKLY RATES:

(1:1) 1 to 1.5 hour Weekly Training: 149 (596 mo) with or without rental gear.

(2 Person) 1 to 1.5 hr Private Weekly Training: 278 for both (1,112 mo) with Rental Gear / 259 for both (1,036 mo) With your own gear.

RENTALS INCLUDE:  Stable board, paddle, leash, vest PFD, toasty wetsuit, gloves, booties and helmet (for DP). Optional deck bag.

“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, H

“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

“My boyfriend and I took the SUP Basics class with Rob. He was super informative, patient, and a great teacher overall. With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, I really appreciated the extra steps he took to make sure we were all properly distanced and safe. Rob provided good, no-nonsense advice from buying a board to making sure you’re not an idiot on the water. Highly recommended..”

- Ethan G

“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 D

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