My husband and I went to Costa Rica for Dale's 5 day surfski retreat and planned on staying a week, but we ended up adding another week to our vacation. That's how good it was! Dale is a very attentive, patient and personalized instructor who uses various teaching methods to help us learn and practice paddling techniques We were also educated about how to read the waves and wind, and how to adjust, haul and care for our surfskis. Dale's wife Melissa, was always very mindful with the details of our trip and set us up with massages, restaurant and accommodation recommendations, as well as anything else we needed. Any questions we had were promptly answered. It was physically exhausting trip, but Santa Teresa is also extremely relaxing. The location is outstanding and so is the food, as we were taken to various local favorites. Now all we have to do is practice, practice, practice, so we can come back for another retreat.
A week with Dale is a life changing experience for a paddler. I was definitely not his usual student and really came to Dale with no Surfski experience at all, and a lot of bad habits I had developed in my Sea Kayak. It was a good test of his coaching. Dale is not just a great Surf ski coach he is a good life coach because for me improving my paddling meant improving a lot of other things in my life. He was extremely patient and rather than push me to do things I couldn't yet; he put me in environments where I was comfortable and could absorb the lessons my muscles needed to process to transition to a different kind of paddling. No matter where you meet him for Coaching he will take you where you are and build a better paddler. Never in a million years would I have just hopped in a surfski and figured out the things he taught me. In addition to all that he and his wife Melissa helped smooth the way so I had an amazing time in Costa Rica and never had a worry about the logistics of getting to a remote place in a foreign country. It was an experience of a lifetime; you should definitely schedule one too.
Tami Rose - Feb 2018
Jim and I had a fantastic time in Maui with Dale and Melissa. Paddling the Maliko Bay Run was an amazing experience for both of us. We both learned so much from Dale about wave catching, reading the ocean and enjoying the experience. For someone like me who tends to be pretty tentative out there in rough conditions, I was amazed at how comfortable I was in the back of the double with Dale. It was really fun and we both were able to practice what Dale had taught us when we got home. Aside from paddling though, we got to see so much of Maui thanks to Dale and Melissa showing us all their favourite spots. Thanks guys. Awesome!
Michele Parker - Feb 2018