Jeffrey’s passion for playing outside began in the 1970’s and evolved when he moved to Clearwater, FL. As a youth he canoed with his Dad and cooked outside in the backyard; the father and son duo backpacked through mountainous hiking trails as Boy Scouts in Pittsburgh, Pa. and slept under the milky way more nights than there are hairs on their heads.
In 1994 Jeff moved to Florida and discovered that many of the nature trails that led to unique local destinations were better reached by water. In 2001 he transitioned from canoe to kayak and doing so unlocked more meandering trails up creeks, streams, rivers, and waterways out to tranquil islands within Florida.
His original goal is to teach water safety courses, ranging in level from beginner to advanced river, inter coastal, to open water as well as rescue workshops for non profit organizations, paddling festivals and kayak symposiums. This has evolved due to realizing that Florida has more to offer than just amazing bay and inlet waters.
The unique outdoor abilities that he learned as an Eagle Scout, and how to inspire kids in the outdoors, combined with wit and a creative mind makes learning effortless for his students. Jeff’s unique knowledge and passion has opened doors for him to aid in getting recovering wounded veterans out on the water. Beyond coaching, you can find some of Jeff’s writings on kayaking and camping in four different outdoor magazines.
- BA History / Am. Studies & Anthropology
- Wilderness First Responder, NOLS
- Adult/Child CPR, AED
- Airway Mgnt.
- British Canoe Union N. Am. L-1
- American Canoe Association
- ACA L 3: Coastal Kayaking Instructor
- Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
- Kayak Rolling Endorsement
- Qajaq Traditional Skill Endorsement
- Eagle Scout
- Safe Swim Defense
- Safety Afloat Training
- BSA Youth Protection
- BSA merit badge counselor:
- Scout Heritage
- Search and Rescue
- Signs, Signals, and Codes
- Wilderness Survival
- BSA Woodbadge, Eagle Patrol
- Vigil Honor – Order of the Arrow
Leave no Trace
Saint Petersburg College
2016 – present
Perform administrative duties within the Fine Arts, Humanities department of the college and focus on a high volume of student and staff contact.
Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure
2014 – present
Providing guidance and knowledge in backpacking, cooking, orienteering, and water safety, ranging in levels from beginner to advanced as well as first aid rescue workshops.
2012 – 2014
Eckerd College ITS
2003 – 2016
Osprey Bay Outdoors
Let’s have an adventure.