I never expected that I would come to a liberal arts college in the middle of Arizona to spend most of my time teaching on the ocean! I love combining the aesthetic grace of sea kayaking and diving with building my students’ understanding of the 70% of our world covered by water. The beauty of a tidepool teeming with life, the underwater acrobatics of a sea lion, or dolphins leaping around our kayaks seldom fail to inspire a dedicated desire to study, understand and protect our ocean planet.
Dave’s passion for learning and teaching is the guiding force in his professional life. He is a learner-centered educator who constantly studies and reflects upon the art and science of teaching. He regularly adapts and experiments with his courses in order to gain new insights into how to best meet each learner’s unique needs.
Dave has been a professional outdoor educator for over 30 years. During that time, he has worked as a teaching naturalist, has directed camps and outdoor schools, and has taught a broad range of outdoor skills in diverse geographic areas from alpine mountain tops to tropical coral reefs. He also works for NOLS as a senior field instructor in sailing and has taught well over 100 wilderness first aid and wilderness first responder courses as a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor.
Dave has focused his energy at Prescott College on developing courses that blend marine-based adventure pursuits with the study of the ocean environment. As an outdoor educator and naturalist, he facilitates highly experiential and integrated studies involving sea kayaking, snorkeling, marine natural history, outdoor teaching and leadership skills, and coastal expeditions.
Graduate Studies in Marine Biology - Oregon State University
Masters of Science in Education/Outdoor Teacher Education - Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies - California State University, Long Beach