SSTIKS 2021 Mentors
“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!
Terry is a former Qajaq USA Public Relations Committee chairperson and past president of Qajaq USA. He has served as an Board Advisor since 2008 and was appointed to Board Member in October 2010.
Terry took up paddling in 1994 while on a vacation in Maine with his wife Kim and son Liam. His introduction to Greenland style kayaking began in 2006 after he stumbled upon the Qajaq USA website. His interest were piqued by the similarities between the qajaqs and the currachs that he had known about since childhood. After attending that year’s Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, and sampling the various offerings from Surveying Qajaqs to on-water instruction; the hook was set.
When not travelling around the world with his engineering work, Terry can be found plying the inland and offshore waters of New Jersey and New York.