Ben is a native of Orange, Virginia where he grew up paddling the Rapidan, Robinson, and Rappahannock rivers. His passion for the outdoors led him to Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Institute in western Maryland after high school where he pursued a degree in adventure sports and leadership. After graduating Ben took a position at the Virginia Outdoor Center in Fredericksburg, VA as their manager. While in Virginia, Ben would guest instruct and guide for Canoe, Kayak, and Paddle Co.(CKAPCO) in Northern Virginia and for Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Institute. After increasing both his professional and personal outdoor resume Ben began pursuing work opportunities in different regions. Over the past 10 years Ben has worked with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Jackson Hole Kayak School, Costa Rica, DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking, Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School, New Zealand Kayak School, Wilderness Rescue International and many others.
Ben’s strengths lie in his excitement to share his passion for paddlesports with others, his eagerness to continue to grow and develop as a paddler and instructor, and his positive interpersonal skills. Ben will be excited to work with you whether it’s helping you improve your paddling technique, guiding you down beautiful tropical rivers in Central America, or leading you on your first multi-day river experience.
-ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Canoe, Instructor
-ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Kayak, Instructor Trainer
-ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak, Instructor Trainer Educator
-ACA Level 4 Whitewater Canoe, Instructor Trainer
-ACA Level 3 Whitewater SUP, Instructor Trainer
-ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak, Instructor
-ACA Level 3 River Safety and Rescue, Instructor
-Wilderness First Responder
-Leave No Trace Master Educator