Dave Kessmann has been involved in paddlesports education since 2002 when he began assisting with Swift Water Rescue courses.  He has since gone on to become certified by the American Canoe Association in both Kayaking (L5 IT / L4 ITE) and Swift Water Rescue (L4 ITE).  He is also a Certified Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, and CPR Instructor through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

Based out of Lynchburg, VA / Friendsville, MD, Dave teaches primarily in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic but has offered courses in the Northeast, West Coast, and Asia.


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