Rachel is a Florida native, avid sea kayaker and has been teaching outdoor education for over two decades. Her passion for the outdoors and adventure started as a young girl growing up exploring the Black Forest in Germany and living in a tree house on the Big Island of Hawaii. She started her first kayak tour and expedition company in 1999 and since has led multi day sea kayak expeditions in Gulf Island National Seashore and throughout Florida’s rivers and coastal waterways. Along with co-leading camping, whitewater rafting, hiking, and climbing trips with adults and youth throughout the Southeast.
She has been a consultant for tour companies developing business plans, training guides, and providing certifications courses through the ACA, SOLO, And American Heart Association. Now owner of Florida Outdoor Academy she is dedicated to providing the highest level outdoor certification to Florida residence. Her certification include Urban EMT, Wilderness EMT, AHA BLS Instructor, LMT, ACA L4 Coastal Kayak Coach, & RYT200.