Photo courtesy of Neptune’s Rangers
ACA Level 5 Coastal Kayak & L3 Surf Kayak Instructor
If you find yourself paddling on the open coast in the San Francisco Bay Area you will likely run into Bill. A San Francisco Bay Area native, he has a passion for paddling and has extensive knowledge of our local coast. Bill teaches from experiences gained (good and bad!) while paddling his favorite coastal waters from Mendocino to Monterey. Bill especially loves sharing his enthusiasm with new paddlers and the excitement this generates in them toward learning new skills and techniques. Bill approaches coaching by giving students information relevant to the course at hand and by sharing his own personal paddling experience. He teaches independently as well as for Rivers & Ocean Coaching Collective and California Canoe & Kayak. You can find his postings on kayak related topics on several websites including Canoe & Kayak Magazine, The Paddler Magazine & Neptune’s Rangers, of which he is a principal founding member. You can find out more about Bill on his website.
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ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor, L4 Open Water Instructor Trainer, L3 Surf Kayak Instructor, L3 Surfski Instructor, L3 SUP Surf Instructor
Sean owns River and Ocean, and is the founder of Paddle Golden Gate, a biennial destination event for ALL paddlesports enthusiasts on San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands.
In 2004 Sean achieved his childhood dream by completing the first solo circumnavigation of the UK and Ireland by sea kayak; the first ever to include all of the inhabited islands. The 4500 mile expedition took 183 days and is the longest kayak journey ever undertaken in British waters.
Sean has competed internationally in a number of paddlesports disciplines, but loves nothing more than to share his passion for paddling by coaching new and developing paddlers.
He is supported by Current Designs, Werner Paddles, Kokatat, and Snap Dragon Design.
Sean provides personal coaching in sea kayaking, surf ski racing, kayak surfing and SUP. He is available to train and motivate your staff in retail sales, guiding and instructor certification.
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Melissa DeMarie, co-founder of California Women’s Watersport Collective, has been working in the whitewater industry since 2005 as an instructor, guide, safety kayaker and photographer. She began her paddling career in California but her passion for the sport and love for teaching had taken her all around the world. In New Zealand, she was a whitewater instructor for the Waiariki Institute of Technology’s Adventure Tourism Program, as well as an instructor and guide on the rivers in Norway, Chile, Nepal, Panama, Costa Rica and Uganda. Melissa is also a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician.
Collaborating with Kelly Marie Henry, she will continue to “empower women to be confident and both on and off the water”.
Based on the South Fork of the American, Melissa is available for private coaching in whitewater kayaking and SUP, in addition to her women’s clinics through CWWC.
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ACA L4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor
Whether exploring the coast, playing in rock gardens or surf, or touring the bay, Mike is in his element when on the water. Paddling since 2009, he is dedicated to helping others build their paddling skills and safety practices, while keeping it fun. When not in a kayak, there is a good chance he is talking about his latest boat repair or modification, or about his favorite gear. Also trained as a scientist, he approaches teaching in the coastal environment with determination and patience.
ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor
Raised on a horse ranch in west Marin County, Shanna started paddling SUP in 2014 and knew immediately that she had found her new passion. She is an Ambassador for Starboard. She has raced in Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Hawaii and all over California.
Downwinding is her speciality and any time the wind blows you will find her chasing waves on Tomales or San Francisco Bay or riding swells on remote stretches of the northern California coast.
If you are looking to learn to paddle downwind, play in the waves, improve your race speed, explore the natural wonder of San Francisco or Tomales Bay and experience the magic of bioluminescence paddles, let Shanna be your instructor/coach/guide to everything SUP.