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July 17 - 21, 2024

"This place will change your life"





Jeff Atkins


Paddling Bio

After a successful career as a Park Ranger, Jeff is now retired from public service, but continues to work as an outdoor industry professional. He is the Co-Owner of Wave Paddler which is based of of Charleston, SC. He is a sponsored paddler for Sea Kayaking UK /NDK and Celtic Paddles. He loves coaching and leading trips. As an Instructor trainer for several outdoor education leadership schools such as Outward Bound School, he leads expeditions around several parts of the world, including the Bahamas, Greece, and the U K.. Jeff also holds several certifications including Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and Coastal Master Naturalist for SC. Paddlesports is his passion and he loves to spread the “infectious” recreation activity to others. He believes in having fun and helping others to expand their confidence and skills while learning. “There is nothing like the feeling of seeing a person smile because they just did something they didn’t think they could do”.


ACA Instructor Trainer Educator in Coastal Kayaking ACA Instructor Trainer in Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Wilderness First Responder Leave No Trace Master Educator South Carolina Coastal Master Naturalist

Who am I?

A Park Ranger at heart who continues to share the love of the outdoors by helping others get outside and experience it!

My GLSKS Story

I first attended GLSKS in 2020 as a guest coach. It was in the beginning of the Covid Pandemic. I was grateful for the opportunity to drive up to Grand Marais and be a part of the team. The scenery was amazing, and so were the people! I am looking forward to being there this year!

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