In the 1880’s Port Townsend was the most thriving city on Puget Sound. With a strong maritime history, ‘PT’ as locals call it is now the home to the NW Maritime Center and the NW School of Wooden Boat Building. Located on Quimper Peninsula, PT is surrounded by water on three sides with views of Mt Baker, Whidbey Island, Marrowstone Island and Vancouver Island to the north.

Tour options include the PT waterfront with views of the town’s historic 140 year old Victorian homes and downtown buildings. We would launch either adjacent to the NW Maritime Center or near the Port Townsend Boat Yard with options to beach our sups and grab a pint at the Pour House, a coffee at the beachfront Better Living Through Coffee, or grab a slice of pizza in town.

Or we could launch from the Maritime Center and paddle around Point Hudson then below 100 foot sandy cliffs and towards Fort Woden State Park.  The historic coastal defense fort sits on Point Wilson which is capped with a picturesque lighthouse. With several sandy beaches along the way, we’ll take breaks to take in the scenery and explore the shore or WW1 bunkers.

Intermediate paddlers have the option to paddle around the Point Wilson lighthouse, play in tidal currents and a tide rip off shore then paddle towards North Beach which sometimes has small surf from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Glass Beach, known for it’s 19th century beach class is another Intermediate or higher destination worth a peek if conditions are calm.

Tour + Instruction – All our tours can include basic to advanced instruction to give you the skills to come back to these locations on your own.

Demo Locally Built Wooden SUPs – PT is home to two wooden stitch and glue wood paddle board companies – Good Story Paddle Boards and Splinter SUP.  Our tour is a great opportunity to try out these boards depending on demo board availability.  I’ve been paddling the 16′ Splinter SUPs for my classes and the Seventy48 race this year.  Contact me if you want to demo these boards.

Skill Prerequisites: Level 1

Level 1. You can stand up easily, turn and can fall off and climb back on your board. The tour can include basic instruction to help you improve skills.

“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:

Class Size: 1 – 5 People group rate or private tour

Location: Port Townsend waterfront or near Fort Worden

Duration: 3 hours. Paddle at your own pace.

Schedule: Contact me for a time that best fits your schedule. Private tours only.

Guide to Student Ratio: 1:5 or 2:5.

Guide Follow-up: Rob will send you photos of your tour and any additional paddle techniques info of interest.


Group Rate: 199 per person. 2 – 4 students. All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Individual Rate (1-1): 299. Rental gear free with tour cost.
All rental gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Alumni/Repeat Classes: $25 off per person.

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“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 R

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