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Try out SUP with our 90 Minute Basic Class on Shilshole Bay. This class is a quick introduction to the sport, and includes the essentials to get you started. Learn basic techniques from a friendly certified instructor to get acquainted with paddle boarding while gaining confidence on the water. We’ll discuss different types of paddling gear, show you how to carry your board, choose the best locations to paddle in, stand up, brace for balance, 2 turns, an efficient forward stroke, directional control, and how to fall and get back on your board easily. You’ll also learn how to paddle over boat wakes, in wind, and about making sound decisions when dealing boats and marine weather. See harbor seals, marine life, bald eagles and Olympic Mountain views. Depending on conditions, you’ll paddle in Shilshole Marina, to Discovery Park or to the Chittenden Locks. For beginners or those seeking a refresher course.
This is a group class of 2-4 people. The fee is per person and includes free use of all paddling equipment – Board, paddle, leash, lifejacket, wetsuit and booties.

You’ll Learn:

-How to stand up
– directional control – 2 turns
– how to stop, paddle sideways & backward
– an efficient forward stroke
– water safety & basic marine navigation
– learn about paddling clothing and gear
– balance and bracing techniques
– how to install a fin and leash
– how to paddle over boat wakes
– how to paddle in wind
– how to paddle prone and sitting
– how to fall and get back on your board
– how to carry your board
– how to tie a board on your car

After learning basic paddling techniques you’ll go for a paddle to try out your new skills. We can help with car loading and choosing gear. A great refresher!

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: $85

  Aug 31, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017
  Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 7, 2017
  Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017
  Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 21, 2017
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Class Type: In Person
Location: Shilshole Bay

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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!