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.
Tom makes sure you not only understand but also develop a feel for the improvement so it is sustainable. One aspect of Tom’s coaching that is a real hallmark is the quality of his feedback. In addition to the engaging on the water, Tom spends the time afterward to provide a focused review of what is working well and suggestions for what you can continue to work on and challenge yourself. You definitely leave a session with Tom feeling as though you learned a great deal and that your appreciation was exceeded only by how much he enjoyed helping you improve.