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Intermediate SUP Skills

Take your skills to the next level learning to paddle further with less effort. Learn the pivot turn, how to walk on your board and much more.

Take your skills to the next level with intermediate sup techniques such as the pivot/buoy turns, paddling in wind, over boat wakes and walking on the board.

Core Skills

- Pre and post paddle stretches and warm-ups by fitness trainer and paddler Joe McColskey.

- Learn how to prone paddle for up-wind conditions, cross training and if you lose your paddle.

- Paddle efficiently and straight when sitting down and kneeling. Also essential skills for up-wind and rough water paddling.

- How to safely fall and get back on in any conditions.

- Get stability skills with bracing and momentum.

- Learn the pivot turn. Also called the kick back or buoy turn.

- Learn directional control - how to go sideways, backwards and stopping.

- More directional control with sweep turns. Learn to use minimal effort while turning.

- Learn powerful and low energy forward stroke for maximum speed and less injuries.

- Learn how to paddle straight which saves energy and will help you catch more waves and pass others in races.

- Learn why you don't need to turn in to a boat wake.

Bonus Material -

Save a life with the Flip Rescue and Towing! Learn these essential water safety skills!

Receive essential Downloads and Resources to help you plan trips, never forgot gear using check-lists and weather and wind apps.


Your Instructor


Rob Casey
Rob Casey

Non-athletic, dyslexic and lacking good instruction, like many, I struggled to stand on a SUP the first time in 2007 on vacation in Hawaii.

Not willing to give up, I continued to work on it at home in Seattle. Applying skills learned from over a decade of sea, surf and whitewater kayaking, I discovered easy and effective methods for standing up and paddling with confidence.

In 2011, I wrote Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers for Mountaineers Books. This guidebook was intended to help new and experienced paddlers learn all aspects of SUP from the basics to open water touring. In 2012, I revised the 3rd edition of the NW classic paddling guide, Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips.

I started Salmon Bay Paddle in 2010 to provide personable expert SUP instruction in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve transformed lives by empowering and giving confidence to many who didn’t think they’d stand or enjoy being on the water.

Students have lost weight, increased their self-esteem, and have paddled in places and conditions they’d never imagined they’d be capable of. SUP has changed my life, so I love to share my knowledge and skills with students to help them become confident and skilled paddlers.

In 2013, I co-founded and am the former director for PSUPA (Professional Stand Up Paddle Association) which trains and certifies SUP instructors worldwide.

I also contribute paddling articles for SUP Magazine, Stand Up Journal, Canoe Kayak, the Inertia, NW Yachting and Kenmore Air’s inflight magazine.

My blog is a great resource for paddling tips on techniques and safety. I'm also available for private instruction both in-person and online. Contact me at [email protected] for more info.

– Rob Casey


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thank-you for watching this course! Hopefully it was helpful to you. Feel free to send me feedback for improving the course. I'm also available for in-person instruction should you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest. Rob Casey

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