SUP Basics – Level 1

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Become a confident and skilled paddler while enjoying beautiful SHILSHOLE BAY.

Learn how to stand up with confidence, learn a solid forward stroke, three turns, how to stop, go sideways, paddle backwards, how to fall safely and get back on the board. At the end of this class you’ll have enough skills and confidence to paddle on your own on flat water and bumps such as boat and wind waves. You’ll also have stronger skills than many paddlers who have been paddling for years.
We will also discuss making smart decisions, how to read the water, day trip planning and on-water risk management. Good balance not required! You may see harbor seals, bald eagles, sea lions & marine life, as well as views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt Rainier, Mt Baker and Bainbridge and Whidbey Islands.

You’ll learn:

– how to stand with confidence
– two turns plus the pivot turn
– how to go sideways and backwards
– an efficient forward stroke
– how to paddle straight
– how to paddle on one side
– bracing and balance tips
– how to fall and get back on
– how to install a fin and leash
– water safety and risk management
– how to paddle prone & sitting down
– how to paddle injury free
– skills for paddling over boat wakes
– how to paddle in wind
– how to choose gear and clothing
– how to carry your board
– how to car top and rack tips
– where to paddle in the pnw

Every student gets a Class Summary, including strokes covered and tips on improving your paddling. Video Playback may be used to help you learn. The instructor will stay in touch with you after class to assist with finding affordable paddling equipment, tips on where to paddle in the NW and how to improve your skills.

This class is for beginners or those seeking a refresher class. Ideal for those looking to gain a solid foundation of safe and efficient paddling techniques. Groups classes 2-4 people.

** Fee is per person and all gear is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

What’s the Difference between this class and our 90 minute SUP Sampler class?  You’ll learn more skills and have 2X more water time to learn and practice.

Weather cancellations by instructor are a 100% refund.
- Last minute cancellations by customer less than 48hrs of class date will not receive a refund since we will most likely not be able fill that space.
- Customer cancellations more than 48hrs of class/tour date will receive 50% return.
- If you don’t show up for a class or tour without any notification, you won’t be allowed to work with us again.
- We will cancel any trips when there are safety concerns such as wind. We don’t cancel for rain.
- Recheduling or moving to an alternative location may occur at the discretion of the trip leader.

Salmon Bay Paddle

We provide premium Stand Up Paddling and Kayaking instruction and educational tours in the Pacific Northwest by certified instructor and guidebook author Rob Casey and our PSUPA certified guides. We’re a mobile business with great equipment, personal service and work with all skill levels. We specialize in offeringg small individualized class and tours. You deserve a good paddle!

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Class Fee: $135

  Aug 26, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017
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  Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017
  Sep 30, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
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Class Type: In Person
Location: Shilshole Bay
Inventory: 3 seats available

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Reviews of Salmon Bay Paddle

(5 Reviews)
Richard M.
My wife and I did a multi-hour, private lesson with Rob that was really one of the best and most satisfying learning experiences I have ever had. We had asked for a real overview and intro to sea kayaking-- and we really got it. Starting with a detailed discussion of basics, gear, different schools of thought, the whole nine yards --- then on to in-the-water instruction on self-rescues, etc. Rob went out of his way to make this work for us, including lining up wet suits and gear. He is a clear and direct teacher, patient, and clearly truly knows his stuff. We will return for more come spring!
Paul E.
Rob's personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling. There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob's classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the in's and out's of the Pacific NW's perfect sport. Besides the instruction, Rob also gave me lots of great info on where to buy a board, suggestions for equipment, etc. Definitely money well spent! Thanks Rob!
Debbie G.
I have taken several classes from Rob and all I can say is Rob is the absolute best SUP instructor you are going to find. Not only is he an expert in SUP but he knows his environment - tides, winds, weather, and where to go. On top of that safety is his number one priority. Rob will get you standing and paddling if you are a beginner or take your skills to the next level. Don't pass up your chance to work with him!
Paul E.
Rob's personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling. There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob's classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the in's and out's of the Pacific NW's perfect sport. Besides the instruction, Rob also gave me lots of great info on where to buy a board, suggestions for equipment, etc. Definitely money well spent! Thanks Rob!
Richard M.
My wife and I did a multi-hour, private lesson with Rob that was really one of the best and most satisfying learning experiences I have ever had. We had asked for a real overview and intro to sea kayaking-- and we really got it. Starting with a detailed discussion of basics, gear, different schools of thought, the whole nine yards --- then on to in-the-water instruction on self-rescues, etc. Rob went out of his way to make this work for us, including lining up wet suits and gear. He is a clear and direct teacher, patient, and clearly truly knows his stuff. We will return for more come spring!