- Have you been a trainer before? What qualifies you as a trainer?
I have experience developing instructors with Outward Bound’s Sailing program in Boston. In addition, I have worked in academia in the Teacher Preparation program for over a decade training the next generation of secondary school teachers as well as PE teachers in Puerto Rico and New Hampshire. With my doctorate in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction, I train SUP Instructor candidates in experiential education methodologies that will enhance their own trainings.
- Do you have a teaching philosophy?
My background in curriculum design and instruction has allowed me to selectively choose teaching and training models that best fit SUP and outdoor education. That blend is based on the constructivist and pragmatic theories with a humanistic approach to it. This approach allows for student-centered instruction in a dynamic outdoor classroom, where students become teachers and teachers are always learning. Alongside the skill development, I hope new instructors take away teaching strategies and models.
- How many SUP Instructor trainings have you done?
During the past 2 years I have taught 15 Instructor Certification courses in different parts of United States including Southern California, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico. Below a list of the SUP Instructor Trainings I have conducted in the past two (2) years:
3/15/13 SUP L1 San Diego, CA
5/29/13 SUP L2 Boulder, CO
6/12/13 SUP L2 Los Angeles, CA
8/16/13 SUP L2 Los Angeles, CA
9/28/13 SUP Update Bend, OR
12/5/13 SUP L1 San Juan, PR
1/15/14 SUP L1 San Diego, CA
4/8/14 SUP L2 San Juan, PR
4/29/14 SUP L2 Sacramento, CA
5/23/14 SUP L1 San Diego, CA
6/10/14 SUP L2 Greenbrier Park, MD
6/17/14 SUP L2 Albuquerque, NM
6/23/14 SUP L1 San Diego, CA
1/21/15 SUP L2 San Diego, CA
3/28/15 SUP L1 Aguadilla, PR
6/15/15 SUP L2 San Diego, CA
9/2/15 SUP L1 Los Angeles, CA
1/25/16 SUP L1 San Marcos, TX
...about 9 more as of 11/16/2018
- How do you stay up-to-date?
Since the time I became an Instructor Trainer in SUP L2, I have developed my skills and knowledge of the sport. I have produced articles for REI’s blog, my personal blog and assisted other publications with my paddle sport expertise. In addition, as part of my self-guided professional development I bought the book from Steve West, Stand Up Paddler. A Paddler’s Guide and have incorporated his rich content in my teaching. In 2015, I scheduled a session with Jimmy Terrell from Quickblade in the flume and had a forward stroke analysis done on site. In my quest for acquiring more knowledge on the sport I visited the Future Fins factory, Brian Szymanski’s shaping room, SIC warehouse as well as Boardworks and SurfTech distribution centers. I have had several boards including the SIC 14′ Bullet, 9’3 Special Boardwork and the 8’11 Bic Wave. Last fall I attended the Outdoor Retailer show and was able to meet industry leaders and try the latest equipment. As a personal endeavor, I have raced in more than a dozen competitions including Battle of the Paddle, Pacific Paddle Games, HanoHano, Malibu Downwinder and San Clemente Ocean Festival. Lastly, I wanted to expand local coastal awareness and access and be the voice for all paddlers in San Diego so I helped a group of paddlers form the San Diego Water Trails Association.