Shilshole Bay Tour

Launching from the Ballard Elks beach below the Locks, we’ll either explore 2 mile long Shilshole Marina, paddle below the bluffs of Discovery Park through a kelp bed and remote feeling wilderness beaches to the historic West Point Lighthouse or paddle up to the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks.

You’ll enjoy views of Bainbridge Island, the majestic glacier capped Olympic Mountains and Whidbey Island to the north. From the lighthouse, see views of Mt Rainier, Vashon and Blake Islands and downtown Seattle. You’ll also be greeted by our local friendly harbor seals, may see salmon, Dungeness crab, marine underfoot and sea birds.

Routes will depend on conditions and your skill level. More experienced paddlers will more likely paddle the 3 mile roundtrip route to the lighthouse. Custom routes welcome.

Beginners or those seeking a refresher will be given a short into lesson at the beginning of the tour.

Skill Prerequisites: Beginner and above.

Minimum: Beginner level. Beginners or those seeking a refresher will be given a short lesson at the beginning of the tour.

Experienced paddlers will be able to travel further and access more technical water upon request.

“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

Class Details:

Class Size: 1 – 6 People 

Private Tours Only

Launch Location: Ballard Elks beach on Shilshole Bay in Seattle.

Duration: 3 hours. Paddle at your own pace, breaks are welcome.

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

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:4 or 2:4

Guide Follow-up: We’ll send you photos and/or videos or your experience.


Private Tours Only

Group Rate: (3 – 4 students) 133 per person with rentals / 110 per person with your gear. 

2 Person Rate: 173 with rentals / 149 with your gear

Individual Rate (1-1): 299 with rentals / 249 with your own gear. 

Alumni/Repeat Classes: $10 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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