Becoming a paddleboard instructor can be hard work, but the benefits are expansive! Meet Nick Cohen, who gives paddleboard lessons in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey beaches in Delaware. Here, he provides his insights into what being a paddleboard instructor is all about.
“My name is Nick Cohen and I give paddleboard lessons in Dewey and Rehoboth. I first started paddle boarding when I was 8 years old, and have been instructing since I was 14. Whether you’re a “newbie” paddleboarder, or a more experienced one, my personalized paddleboard lessons are always fun-filled and provide great opportunities to learn!
I currently reside in Potomac, MD, but have spent nearly every summer in Dewey Beach since I was 5 years old. I also do DC paddleboard lessons on occasion on the Potomac River. As I mentioned earlier, I have been paddle boarding since I was 8 years old and was actually a pioneer of the sport in Maryland. At 11 years old, I was one of the first people to paddleboard on Mather’s Gorge on the Potomac river. Mather’s Gorge has class 1, 2, and 3 rapids. When I am not paddleboarding, i am surfing, snowboarding, reading, or playing baseball. I first started surfing and snowboarding at age 4. I surf as much as possible in the summers, and am a competitive snowboarder in the winters.
I love teaching paddleboarding because I love watching my students fall in love with, and succeed at, something that I too enjoy. The reason I love paddleboarding itself is because it can be whatever you want it to be. If you want to relax, you can go and sit in the middle of the bay to get away from the world .If you want a killer workout, you can make it one. Paddleboarding is truly one of the best ways to maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul.”