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Stand Up Paddling 101

Step by step directions for choosing a board, standing up with confidence, balance, paddling straight, remounting and more!

Stand Up Paddling is an exciting and rapidly expanding sport and activity.

The popularity of Stand Up Paddling is exploding and with it epic opportunities from flat water exploration to surfing, racing, rivers and overnight trips.

Whether you want to pleasure paddle on flat water, or take on a new challenge, there are essential skills and knowledge to have fun, stay safe, paddle further and in more challenging conditions.


Knowing about the right gear for your needs can mean the difference between a terrible experience and a great one.

Get started right and save time trying to figure it out.

Even if you've struggled paddling before or think you just don't have good balance, anyone can learn the basic skills needed to have fun, stay safe, and paddle efficiently and easily.

Learn which board to buy, what to wear, balance tips, how to paddle straight and much more!

In this course you'll also learn how to stand up easily, fall safely and remount your board easily plus many other essential beginning skills.

Unlike many quick start courses that set you up to fail, this course gives a true foundation so you can go out on the water with confidence.

Core Skills You're Learn:

  • Alternatives to standing up - Prone, sitting and kneeling
  • Step by step instructions for standing up on your board
  • Easy warm-ups for paddling and injury prevention
  • Falling is normal! Learn to fall safely
  • How to climb back on your board easily no matter your body type or board type.
  • Life jacket types - Vest style and waist C02s.
  • How to attach a leash and which to use
  • How to install a fin, and different fin types
  • Basic Inflatable SUP inflation and deflation techniques
  • Learn about different types of boards and board anatomy
  • Paddling clothing for different types of water and conditions
  • What to look for in purchasing a board and which board is right for you
  • How to paddle straight
  • Balance tips so you worry less and have more fun
  • How to launch from a dock safely
  • How to turn easily with a few easy methods
  • How to carry your board and car-top it
  • Board security and ding repair

You won't find this much beginning SUP content in a step by step format anywhere on YouTube.

Make your first Stand Up Paddling experience a good one! Get the foundational skills needed to paddle on your own with confidence.

SUP has changed my life and I love to share my passion with others helping them save time by avoiding my mistakes along the way!


Your Instructor


Rob Casey
Rob Casey

Non-athletic, dyslexic and lacking good instruction, like many, I struggled to stand up for the first time on a paddle board while vacation in Hawaii. Not willing to give up, I continued to work on it at home in Seattle. Applying skills learned from a decade in sea, whitewater and surf kayaking, I discovered effective methods for teaching SUP.

I'm the author of guidebooks "Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers" and "Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans." I also the co-founder of the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA) which provides worldwide SUP instructor training and certification.

I've also contributed articles and photos to Stand Up Journal, SUP Magazine, the Inertia and others.

I own Seattle based Salmon Bay Paddle which offers individual and small group SUP instruction in Seattle and the surrounding region.

SUP has changed my life and I love to share my passion with others helping them save time by avoiding my mistakes along the way!

-- Rob Casey


Course Curriculum


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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 choosing this course!

Get in touch with me for any questions and how to progress to your next level.

I also offer in-person private lessons in the Seattle area year round.

Get started now!