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Meet the Instructors

Elissa learned how to roll a kayak through the Outdoor Adventure program at Texas A&M in 2007. She was instantly hooked and began instructing kayaking and canoeing for the university.

After her sophomore year she spent her summer in North Carolina – as a designated trip leader for the paddling program at Camp Green Cove. The following summer she worked at the Outfitter Store at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and went paddling everyday. Shortly after she decided to pause her college career and moved to North Carolina for another season at the NOC. At that time she got certified as a Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor.

From there she moved to Buena Vista, CO and began instructing at the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center. When the season ended she went back to Texas A&M to finish her degree. She continued to teach kayaking and canoeing there, and eventually moved to Waco and taught paddle sports at Baylor University.

She now resides at Lake Whitney and spends most of her free time on the water with her husband and 3 boys.

Daniel got into kayaking after he got out of the Army in 2011. He would spend most of his days fishing on Lake Whitney to help cope with his PTSD.

In 2019 when he met Elissa, she introduced him to whitewater kayaking. After he learned how to roll he went to the San Marcos River a few times. Then something ignited inside him and he took off. Over the next few months he traveled multiple times to North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado – anywhere he could find bigger water.

In 2020 he got his Swiftwater Rescue Certification through Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Colorado. He followed that with his Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Certification in Missouri.

When he isn’t with the kids he is usually chasing rivers.