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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 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



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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