I started paddling many moons ago as a student with UCSF's outdoor program (Outdoors Unlimited). It was a great introduction to paddlesports like kayaking, rafting, canoeing, both river and ocean, surf and flatwater. I became a volunteer instructor (after all, what better way to learn than to teach?!), then subsequently became an ACA certified ocean kayak instructor teaching out of Point Reyes. Starting a family put teaching paddling on hold for many years, but those years included many week-long river camping trips. Now that my kids can (finally) drive, I've jumped into SUP with both feet, becoming ACA certified to teach about a year ago (after joining the race team in many local races, paddling in Croatia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and New Zealand). I love the freedom on a board, being able to stand, sit, kneel, downdog with yoga, tabletop with pilates, and even a (brief) headstand! Best part about teaching is sharing the stoke and my love of paddling, especially with my Mike's paddle family.
(Shirley Heinemann has never been seen in the same location as Batman, thus confirming our suspicions that she is, in fact, The Batman.)