John has a long and varied outdoor recreation background, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, snowshoeing, skiing (cross country and downhill), winter camping, and sea kayaking, as well as 20 years as an outdoor retailer. John’s first WMA class was a Wilderness First Responder in 1996. John is a Wilderness EMT and works in urban EMS for a private ambulance service. John has been teaching for WMA since 2007. John holds an Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer certification with the ACA, and is an AHA Training Center faculty member .