American Canoe Association Level 2 Kayak Touring Instructor
American Canoe Association Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Skills
Born and raised close to the mighty Missouri in Kansas City Chad developed a wanderlust for the West Coast at a young age visiting family. The mountains and oceans called to him like a siren. Chad left in 2007 seeking a different path in life. Alaska, Central America, and the Virgin Islands helped to placate this call, but it wasn’t until he landed on San Juan that he felt at home. Spending time here has allowed him to hone his skills kayaking and connecting with the natural environment. Chad has participated in training with the ACA and BCU kayaking education systems.
It wasn’t until he landed on San Juan Island that he felt at home.
Chad has since become a leading member of the Discovery Sea Kayaks team. With years of experience leading multi-day kayak expeditions, he has transitioned to instructing and mentoring new guides in expeditionary planning, camp culinary skills, and leadership.
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willow