At the University of Maine at Farmington, Jonathan Palino discovered you could study what you enjoy: being outside and exploring the world through water and air! His time at UM Farmington provided him with an extensive knowledge of the principles and methods for curriculum design and training methods as well as providing opportunities for teaching and instruction of individuals and groups.

Jonathan continued his education with the American Sports and Education Program: Coach Training (ASEP), eventually becoming the Program Director and moving into teaching young snowboarding athletes at the Carrabasset Valley Academy and Okemo Mountain School. Enjoying the coaching position so much, Jonathan took a position as a mentor and kayak expedition guide for Outward Bound. While at Outward Bound he developed strategies for selecting and using training/instructional methods and activities appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new concepts.

All this outdoor fun and no safety? Understanding that being outdoors in any situation demands a need for caution.  Jonathan decided to add Wilderness First Responder to his resume putting everyone he works with at ease!

Gathering all of his tools into his pack, he paddled over to the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans for eight years of experience in leading tours, teaching skills, directing the outdoor adventure center and managing retail in the kayak industry. Jonathan is no stranger to paddling the water trails as he is a Cape Cod native.  Coaching and developing skills in others is his passion. He puts his training, knowledge and leadership skills to good use on the water coaching, mentoring, and helping others to improve their skills