What to Bring to Class

PLEASE NOTE: Many of our launch locations do not have places to change in and/or do not have restrooms, such as the Shilshole Bay Ballard Elks.


  • EYEGLASSES STRAP: For sunglasses and prescription glasses. Keep your glasses! Required for prescription glasses. We are not responsible for any lost glasses, keys, etc.
  • MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS you need on-water such as inhalers and EpiPens.  We’ll put in a waterproof bag.
  • WHAT TO WEAR UNDER A WETSUIT: If warmer, most paddlers are bare or have minimal clothing under their suit. If conditions are colder a thin non-cotton top or rash guard or a thin polypro or capeline top; Bottom: Shorts or bathing suit. Some prefer to go buck for more flexibility.
  • PAYMENT: If not already paid, payment is required 48hrs prior to class. We also accept CC cards, Cash or Check with prior approval. Make sure you've filled out your Student Info Form 48hrs before class.
  • Have Your Own Paddling Gear?
    Options that work for SUP: Neoprene shorties (in summer), Farmer john/jane, Surfing wetsuits 2mm to 5mm, drysuits & paddling jackets. Try your suit on before coming to class if you haven’t worn it in awhile. Kayaking PFDs also work for SUP. Outdoor clothing such as rain coats/pants, ski hat also work. Boards should be stable for class and 10-14’ x 32”. Bring your leash and PFD or we can supply. Call us if you have any questions.


  • *Final paddling clothing decisions will me made once we see the water in-person.
  • Beach Towel - to help with changing, and to dry off after.
  • Swimsuit and/or Rashguard top to wear under wetsuit. If needed, we only wear rash guards as a top, not as a bottom under a wetsuit.
  • Summer - Depending on class, T-shirts (cotton ok) and shorts ok (flat water tours, etc).
  • Winter/Fall: Capiline, SmartWool, or Polypro Top to wear under wetsuit. No cotton for off season or surfing, DP, etc.!
  • Visor or Brimmed Hat for sun protection.
  • Hydration – either a plastic/metal water bottle. Ideally with carabiner attached.
  • Sunblock; UV lip balm
  • Spring/Winter/Fall: Warm clothes and warm hat to wear after. Consider thermos of hot drink for after class.
  • Spring/Winter/Fall: Foam pad or extra towel (or similar) to stand on while changing.
  • Energy bar or similar - for snack for longer classes.
  • Waterproof camera with strap or GoPro with floater. You can attach these to your PFD. We have GoPro mounts on some boards.
  • Place to put your car keys - We don't bring keys on the water.
  • What to Bring On the Water - Don't bring anything you don't need. We keep keys, wallet/purse, non waterproofed camera etc on shore. Instead bring hydration, a snack bar, wide brimmed hat, sun or prescription glasses with strap, sun block, etc.
    IMPORTANT: If you have a medical condition that could lead to an emergency that requires medication, such as allergic reactions that require an EpiPen or a heart condition that may require medication, you are responsible for bringing any medications to class and informing the instructor.


    We don't recommend wearing jeans, pants, skirts, tennis shoes or anything cotton or baggy.*Cotton shirts do work on hot sunny non-surf days.

    ** Summer clothing varies per day. We'll determine what we'll wear per each day's weather condition.