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SUP Paddle Basics

Everything you need to know SUP paddles from the parts of the paddle to how to size a paddle for yourself, to cleaning and repairs.

Choosing the right paddle will make all the difference in your paddling experience. A poorly chosen paddle can lead to shoulder injuries, over-use injuries, unnecessary repairs and even sinking!

What You'll Learn in this Video..

  • How to choose the right length of paddle
  • How to determine which paddle to get from blade shape and size to shaft shape and diameter to choosing a comfortable handle.
  • The differences between a one and two-piece paddle.
  • Learn about the parts of the paddle.
  • How to clean your paddle.
  • Repairing paddles.
  • Adding your ID to paddles to prevent loss / theft
  • Customizing the paddle to your needs.
  • Traveling with a paddle.

Make your first Stand Up Paddle experience a good one!


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.

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 both years.

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



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 viewing this course. Hopefully, your questions were answered and you found the video useful. Feel free to send me any input! Cheers.. Rob Casey

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