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Stand Up Paddling 101

Everything you need to know to Stand Up Paddle safely, efficiently, and enjoyably.

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.

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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:

  • SUP gear, equipment and accessories
  • Anatomy of boards, paddles and gear
  • Which paddling clothing to wear and when (for all seasons)

The Essential Skills to Stand Up Paddle Efficiently and Enjoyably from the Beginning:

  • How to stand up (and help for those that may struggle with this!)
  • Basic sweep turns
  • How to go sideways, backwards and stop
  • Prone, sitting and kneeling
  • Balance and braces – stay stable anywhere!
  • The pivot / buoy turn
  • Walking on your board
  • Forward stroke and how to paddle straight

Critical Safety and Rescue Skills on the Water:

  • Falling safely and 3 ways to get back on
  • Towing and several rescues including flip rescue
  • Paddling over boat wakes and in wind
  • Lists of what to put in your life jacket, first aid kit, repair kit and what and when to pack it.

Confidently Navigate the Water, the Weather, and Gear Care:

  • How to choose where to paddle and when
  • Basic navigation and right of way
  • Cleaning gear (paddles, wetsuits)
  • Weather forecast tools

Plus! 6 Essential Downloads:

  • Check list for a 1 hr paddle or day trip
  • How to prep your car for paddling
  • Clothing list for all seasons
  • Contents for First Aid and Repair Kits
  • How to repair hard and inflatable boards

And My Essential Paddler’s Resources, Updated Regularly for the Most Up-to-Date Resources, Including:

  • US and Canadian marine weather forecast links
  • Surf and coastal forecast tools
  • Marine navigation resources
  • Additional training resources
  • Where to launch
  • Float Plan apps
  • Marine Traffic apps

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.


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 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


Class 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.

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