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OOPS Trip Organizers and Instructors

Trip Organizers and Instructors are critical to the success of this code!

If you want to become a Trip Organizer, please inform Education@oopskayak.org to let us know of your interest. Training includes completing classroom and on-the-water sessions and leading three or more mentored paddles. The Board will vote on your full TO status after completing these criteria and receiving a recommendation from the Trip Organizer Committee.


For more information about the Trip Organizer Training Process, please visit Organizer Training Process

Trip Organizers

The following dedicated members are willing and able to organize club trips.  Ask them to organize your proposed trip by e-mailing organizers@oopskayak.org

  • Bill Vonnegut
  • Bob Freshman
  • Brad Sheehan
  • Chris Mayou
  • Connie Lively
  • David Dalbey
  • David L. Smith
  • Denise Harrington
  • Dennis Pennell
  • Dick Cogburn
  • Don Beale
  • Fred Harsman
  • Jack Sanders
  • Jasper Greve
  • Jillian Rivas-Davila
  • Joanne Barta
  • Joe Howell
  • Joseph Skudlarek

  • Karen Cogburn
  • Ken Sund
  • Kent Slawson
  • Lori Stole
  • Mark Niemann-Ross
  • Marty Martinez
  • Meadow Goldman
  • Mel Wishan
  • Michael Kipley
  • Monte Johnston
  • Neil Schulman
  • Patti Swanson
  • Paul Steinberg
  • Paula Brottman
  • Peggy Liggit
  • Peter Bezwerchyj
  • Robert (Bob) Hyslop
  • Robin Rabiroff
  • Steve Blackwood
  • Susan Dininni
  • Teresa George
  • Tom Waldron
  • Vern Brown
  • Wendy Luo
  • Will Greenough

Advanced Trip Organizers

The following members have the experience, training, and certification that qualifies them to lead trips in Level 3 or above conditions (see Trip Rating System).   Ask them to organize your proposed trip by e-mailing advanced_organizers@oopskayak.org

  • Bill Vonnegut
  • David Dalbey
  • Dennis Pennell
  • Dick Cogburn
  • Don Beale
  • Fred Harsman
  • Jasper Greve
  • Jillian Rivas-Davila
  • Karen Cogburn
  • Ken Sund
  • Kent Slawson
  • Meadow Goldman
  • Neil Schulman
  • Steve Blackwood
  • Vern Brown
  • Will Greenough

Wet Exit Certification Instructors

This group of Trip Organizers are authorized to create new wet exit certifiers

  • Bill Vonnegut
  • Bob Freshman
  • Christine Mayou
  • Dennis Pennell
  • Don Beale
  • Fred Harsman
  • Jasper Greves
  • Jillian Rivas-Davila
  • Joanne Barta
  • Joe Howell
  • Mark Niemann-Ross
  • Matthew Sheean
  • Meadow Goldman
  • Mel Wishan
  • Neil Schulman
  • Paula Brottman
  • Peggy Liggit
  • Steve Blackwood
  • Tom Waldron
  • Vern Brown

Instructors

The following dedicated members are willing and able to teach club classes.  Ask them to help teach your proposed class by e-mailing instructors@oopskayak.org

  • Bill Vonnegut
  • Charles Congdon
  • Chris Mayou
  • David Dalbey
  • Dennis Pennell
  • Dick Cogburn
  • Don Beale
  • Fred Harsman
  • Jasper Greve 
  • Joanne Barta
  • Jay Nutt
  • Karen Cogburn
  • Mel Wishan
  • Moulton Avery
  • Sharon Sugden
  • Vern Brown
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