Stand Up Paddling is an exciting and rapidly expanding sport and past-time.
Around the world, the popularity of Stand Up Paddling is exploding... and with it tremendous opportunities.
Whether you want to pleasure-paddle on flat water, or take on a new challenge, there are essential skills and knowledge to have fun and stay safe. And knowing the right gear for your needs can mean the difference between a terrible experience and a great one.
Get started right.
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.
In this course you'll learn everything from which equipment and clothing to purchase to how to stand easily, turn, go backwards, sideways, fall off and remount, paddle straight and paddle over boat and wind wakes.
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.
What you’ll Learn in this comprehensive SUP Basics 101 Course:
Included: 24 Videos, 6 Essential Downloads, 1 Paddler’s Resource Page
The Complete Guide to Gear and Equipment:
The Essential Skills to Stand Up Paddle Efficiently and Enjoyably from the Beginning:
Critical Safety and Rescue Skills on the Water:
Confidently Navigate the Water, the Weather, and Gear Care:
Plus! 6 Essential Downloads:
And My Essential Paddler’s Resources, Updated Regularly for the Most Up-to-Date Resources, Including:
Make your first Stand Up Paddle experience a good one! And get the foundational skills to then take your Stand Up Paddling to new exciting levels.
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 director for PSUPA (Professional Stand Up Paddle Association) which trains and certifies SUP instructors worldwide.
In 2016, I had pulmonary edema but luckily survived that to come back to mostly normal health in the year after. While still in the process of rebuilding confidence, in 2018 I signed up for my first endurance race, the Seventy48 Race (70 miles in 48hrs) from Tacoma to Port Townsend, WA. I completed half of the race, and can’t wait to finish it in 2019,
My blog is a great resource for paddling tips on techniques and safety. I also contribute paddling articles for SUP Magazine, Stand Up Journal, Canoe Kayak, the Inertia, NW Yachting and Kenmore Air’s inflight magazine.
– Rob Casey