Our Services

Guest Instructor/Coach

Available as a guest instructor or coach for kayaking centers, symposiums and other course providers.

ACA Assessments

ACA Skills Assessments for L-3 and L-4 paddlers.

Advanced Kayaking Courses

Custom courses developed to help paddlers develop open-water paddling skills.

ACA Kayaking Courses

ACA coastal kayaking courses from Level 1 through Level 5.

Private Coaching

Fine tune your skills with private coaching designed to focus on exactly what you want to accomplish. Coaching ranges from half-day to multi-day sessions.

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What They Say

I have taken classes with many different instructors, including some of the “big” names in the business.  Without a doubt Tom’s teaching style, patience and skill have had the biggest effect on my progress as a paddler.

Jamie B. in Charlottesville

Tom is an expert paddler who teaches in a very approachable and carrying manner. He makes learning basic strokes and kayaking fun and enjoyable and he formats classes to ensure that learning occurs easily. Tom particularly excels in helping you take the basic kayaking skills to the next level. He has a through understanding of nuances of using the body, the paddle position, and boat edging to be a more effective kayaker. He has a great eye for spotting what can help an individuals stroke and then layering these opportunities into making a significant difference.

Tim R., in Houston

Tom is gifted with a great combination of personality, knowledge, and incredible kayak skills, AND he is an outstanding educator. His enthusiasm for being in a sea kayak on the ocean is infectious. Tom doesn’t say too much when coaching, but when he does you get it right away. I immediately felt that he was working for me to reach full potential.

Ron M. in Annapolis

I was in a class with Tom at Matanzas inlet (FL) two weeks ago. He told me one thing to do – one thing – and it made all the difference in the world in my ability to surf.

R. Wiebush, Baltimore

Latest News

Rethinking PFD Knives and Rescue Hooks

After a recent L-4/L-5 coaching weekend I changed my mind about carrying a knife on my PFD. For years I have avoided carrying a knife and have seen them get […]

2015 Course Schedule

I have started adding events to the 2015 teaching schedule.  Look for more items coming in the next few days.  See the full schedule, here

Kiptopeke Sea Kayak Symposium

The Fourth Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayak Symposium is coming up next weekend and it’s sold out!  Looking forward to teaching some great courses and I thought I’d share the descriptions. […]

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