The North East Wisconsin Paddlers membership includes more than a dozen paddlers who have developed the skills and knowledge to share their passion for paddling with others. They have invested the time and energy required to earn certifications from the Amercan Canoe Association (ACA) or British Canoe Union (BCU) as documentation of their expertise and ability to teach or coach other paddlers.

In addition to these individuals who have achieved instructor certfiication, the club's classes and on-water events are also supported by the efforts of experienced paddlers who provide substantial assistance. The club's instructors have been providing whitewater and coastal sea kayak instruction in northeast Wisconsin since the early 1990's. (Note this page is still "under construction" - if you are NEWP member instructor, please provide corrected information and updated photos!)

Meet our certified instructors here!

Bill Merrick - Appleton

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Level 4, Coastal Kayaking

Bill started paddling canoes in the '60's, and had two seasons experience as a Boundary Waters Canoe Area guide. He expanded his interest to whitewater and coastal kayaking in the 1980's and has been an avid paddler and instructor since. Bill completed a 15-day whitewater paddle trip through the Grand Canyon in June 2009. He is the NEWP Lead Instructor for our Appleton classes.

Bill Merrick - Appleton

ACA Whitewater, ACA Coastal 4

Bill started paddling canoes in the '60's, and had two seasons experience as a Boundary Waters Canoe Area guide. He expanded his interest to whitewater and coastal kayaking in the 1980's and has been an avid paddler and instructor since. Bill completed a 15-day whitewater paddle trip through the Grand Canyon in June 2009. He is the NEWP Lead Instructor for our Appleton classes.

Tom Koeppen -Sheboygan

ACA Instructor - Essentials of Kayak Touring

Tom started paddling in 2000 and after several years as Lead Instructor for our Two Rivers classes, is now leading classes at the Sheboygan YMCA. You'll also find Tom conducting kayak introductory sessions for the Ledgeview Nature Center, paddling with his wife Nancy at Elkahrt Lake most Sunday mornings and on Lake Michigan from Sheboygan's High Street launch most Monday evenings.

Jack Roberts - Neenah

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Kayaking Level 4, River Canoe Level 3

Jack began paddling in the 1990's and is an avid whitewater canoe and kayak paddler. He is currently Assistant Instructor for our Neenah classes and leads the Appleton open pool sessions. Jack has paddled whitewater rivers around the country and can often be found dodging boulders when the water is running hard and fast in Northeast Wisconsin.

Robin Nelson - Kewaunee

ACA Instructor - Coastal Kayaking; Eskimo Roll Endorsement

Robin started paddling in 2003 and quickly became a paddling diva! She is a NEWP Lead Instructor for our Green Bay classes and leads our annual Women-on-the-Water event. Robin has also instructed at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and the Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Race symposium.

John Bodwin - Two Rivers

ACA Instructor - Open Water Coastal Kayaking; Adaptive Paddling Endorsement

John started paddling in 2006 and has quickly become an avid paddler. He recently earned his ACA Coastal Instructor certification and is the Lead Instructor for the Two Rivers classes and other coastal workshops. John has also instructed at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and enjoys many Monday evening paddles from Two Rivers Nashotah Park beach on Lake Michigan.

Will Stahl - Neenah

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Kayaking Level 4

Will started paddling in the 1970's and is an avid whitewater paddler  He is the NEWP Lead Instructor for our Neenah classes and also instructs at the Wausau whitewater course in the summer and coordinates our whitewater student outing early each June.

Chuck Sivret - Kewaunee

ACA Instructor - Coastal Kayaking; Eskimo Roll Endorsement

Chuck started paddling in 2003 and is a NEWP Lead Instructor for our Green Bay classes. He has participated as an instructor at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Race events for the past several years.

Jeff Mazanec - Appleton

ACA Instructor - Coastal Kayaking

Jeff started kayaking in 1998 and since has built (most of) five kayaks and become an ACA certified instructor. He  serves as an instructor in NEWP's Neenah and Appleton classes. He has coordinated the annual Park-to-Park Paddle event and more than 70 public paddle events since 2000, and has participated as an instructor at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium, the Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Race Symposium and other occasional workshops.

Chris Martin - Green Bay

ACA Instructor - Open Water Coastal Kayaking

Chris started paddling in 2006 and has enjoyed many hours on the water. He has partciiapted as an instructor for the NEWP classes in Green Bay and Appleton, the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and has particpated in many sea kayak symposia throughout the United States.

Gerry Reick - Two Rivers

ACA Instructor - Essentials of Kayak Touring

Gerry started kayaking in 2003 with a sit on top kayak from Fleet Farm. He had so much fun, he bought a tandem kayak so his wife could have fun with him! She didn't have fun, however, so he purchased a sea kayak in 2004 and started to paddle with the Monday night group out of Neshota Park in Two Rivers. He soon realized he needed lessons and took Kayaking lessons in Two Rivers in 2005 and is hooked! Gerry earned his Instructor Certification in 2008!

Julie Johnson -Waupun

ACA Instructor - Introduction to Kayaking

Julie started paddling several years ago and has become an avid whitewater and coastal kayak paddler and instructor, providing assistance with NEWP classes in Appleton. She can often be found enjoying the clean, clear (and calm) waters of Elkhart Lake on Sunday mornings with several other local paddlers! When not enjoying time on the water, Julie is a veterinarian in Waupun, WI.

Josh Gundlach - Oshkosh/ Door County

ACA Instructor - Essentials of Kayak Touring; Whitewater Kayaking

Josh earned his ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification in 2010 after working as a guide in Door County and helping literally hundreds of people experience their first kayak outing! Josh assists with NEWP classes in the winter and can be found in Door County in the summer, leading Segway tours and on the water!

Rick Jarek - Neenah

ACA Instructor - Coastal Kayaking; Whitewater Kayaking

Rick began paddling about the same time he began walking and has done several paddle-camp trips in the Apostle Islands, Door County and other great places. Rick also enjoys whitewater paddling, endurance sports and hunting. He earned his ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification in 2012 after assisting with NEWP classes in 2011 and 2012. Rick lives in Neenah with his wife Becky and (almost) a brand new baby girl!

Bruce Monroe - Fond du Lac

ACA Instructor - Essentials of River Kayaking

Bruce began paddling several years ago and helping out in the pool and on local lakes and streams ever since! Bruce paddles both coastal and whitewater and recently earned his ACA Whitewater Instructor certification!

Nicole Bernardin - Appleton

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Kayaking

Aaron Pynenberg - Appleton

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Kayaking

Joel Bogenschuetz - Green Bay

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Kayaking

Chris O'Brien - Green Bay

ACA Instructor - Whitewater Kayaking

Chris is a certified Level 4 ACA Whitewater instructor from Green Bay. He learned to kayak on the Wolf River in 2007 and started teaching at Gardner Dam Scout Camp in 2010. Chris is an avid freestyle paddler and river runner.

Pool Assistants - Green Bay, Appleton, Two Rivers and Sheboygan

Our classes are strongly supported by many skilled, avid and friendly paddlers who offer their time and talent in the pool. Our paddles are raised in salute to the many folks who help make our classes enjoyable and effective!

Pete Braun, Nancy Koeppen, Linda Graves, Kathy Kultgen, Craig Gottshalk, John McCabe, Cay Moriarity, Terry Neilsen, Bob Dreier, Brian Hanson, Kim Parrot, Mike Brown, Joel Bogenschuetz, Erica Becker, Chad Peters, Lee Kassner, Aaron Pynenburg, Nicole Bernardin...

A list like this is always incomplete, so please let us know who we are missing and we will add them to the list!