Don has been instructing for over 20 years and is an ACA L4 Open Water Coastal Instructor. He also holds ACA Sit On Top Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Certifications. Don believes that a multi-discipline approach to paddle sports is the best way to master any particular discipline. He routinely introduces and educates paddlers in the surf zone, open water paddling, navigation, and trip leading. He is passionate about assisting paddlers in developing and refining skills to help prepare them for their Instructor Certifications and improving their skills, safety, and overall enjoyment of paddlesports. Don has been traveling and coaching paddlesports since 2010 with kayak clubs as well as with local outfitters and the Charleston County Park system in S.C.