SSTIKS 2021 Mentors

Dave Sides

Dave Sides

Mentor

“Unkel Dave” is known to show up at events with multiple kayaks but never get wet.  He is occasionally seen near the water, perhaps on the dock, but not IN the water.  Usually it appears that he is trying to escape from the water.  How is this possible?  Well, as a former gymnast and coach, Dave took to Greenland Ropes like a duck takes to wa…no that’s not right… more like a monkey!  Using his 20+ years of coaching experience, he is an excellent instructor and safety-conscious spotter.  He is especially good at getting first-timers doing ropes skills.  Unkel Dave’s philosophy is “Pay it Forward”—once you learn something, pass it on.  Oh yeah, and he paddles too!