We are an outdoor lifestyle company that offers experiences to deepen your skills and knowledge in the field of outdoor adventure. Our programs focus on water based activities such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding as well as land based programs in wilderness medicine and outdoor skills. We cater to the outdoor enthusiast that enjoys paddling, hiking, overnight camping and short-backpacking trips as well as the professional looking for a certification in wilderness medicine or stand up paddleboarding. You will improve your skills or obtain a national certification that showcases your level of competency. The classes are offered online, hybrid format and face-to-face. Our experiences are offered mostly in the state of California (SoCal)
Time and convenience – We adapt to your needs and time frame. Most of our classes can be done online or in a hybrid format. Our experiences are 2-8 hours long while our best classes are one or two weekends long.
Investment – After spending money on quality gear, you need a quality education.
Safety – Would you know what to do if you got lost in the woods? Do you know how to prevent getting lost or hypothermia or heat stroke? Do you know how to treat a sprain, blister, burn or fracture without immediate access to your cell phone and medical facilities? Do you know how to safely tow a distressed kayaker?
Fun – What else can we say about fun!
Dr. Jose H. Gonzalez, our founder and director of education started his career in outdoor education in 1989.
(By Land) He has spent more than 900 nights sleeping in a tent, has hiked the Sierras, more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, Caribbean volcanos, Torres del Paine, Chile and San Diego’s local gems like Mt. Woodson. His love for the outdoors and commitment to teaching has earned him the opportunity to teach for Outward Bound and several universities.
(By Water) He has an ACA Instructor Certification, an ARC Lifeguard Certification, USCG 50 Ton Captain’s license and has more than 2,000 nautical miles under his belt sailing in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, BVIs, Leeward Islands, and Windwards Islands. He has competed in multiple SUP races including the Battle of the Paddle, Malibu Downwinder, Carolina Cup and Pacific Paddle Games.
(General) He is local to Cardiff-by-the-Sea but grew up in Puerto Rico. Jose is a brand Ambassador for Croakies, SIC Maui and for Hornet Paddles. He possesses a doctoral degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at CSU Northridge in the Recreation and Tourism Management department and teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine and Custom Education.
“To educate and inspire the outdoor adventure community around the world”