Tides and Currents is committed to the paddle sports community and growing kayaking, SUP and other forms of water sports.  Our Shop Ambassadors and Certified Instructors are mission aligned leaders in the paddle sports community, embody the core values of Tides and Currents, and focused on helping expand our mission of growing paddle sports in the Pacific Northwest.   

To learn more about our Shop Ambassador program, send an email to info@tidesandcurrents.com

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Graton Gathright - Certified Instructor and Shop Ambassador

I began sea kayaking in 2019 to explore the spectacular coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. I quickly discovered that sea kayaking also offered superb fitness, the joy of learning and teaching, exhilarating adventure, and a terrific community. 

I am now an ACA Level 2 Sea Kayaking Instructor, and I help teach beginning and intermediate sea kayaking courses through the North Sound Sea Kayaking Association (NSSKA). I love to teach strokes and rescues and to help introduce paddlers to the tide races of Deception Pass. 

I also serve as the trip coordinator for NSSKA, supporting trip leaders in providing safe, fun sea-kayaking trips for all skill levels in every season.

I have become a big fan of NDK kayaks. My go-to boat is my Romany Classic which is so fun to paddle, particularly in surf and in tide races. I’m excited that with the opening of Tides & Currents, there is once again an NDK dealer in Washington State. 

I am always happy to help sea kayakers–especially new sea kayakers–find the gear, training, and community support that they need to reach their goals. Feel free to reach out on Instagram (@graton.gathright.kayaking) or by email (ggathright@gmail.com).

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Robert Nissenbaum - Certified Instructor and Shop Ambassador

An ACA certified instructor, Robert’s passion is coaching newer paddlers, working with them at their pace rather than following a structured curriculum. His primary focus is on safety, recoveries, and rescues. When not coaching on the water, he’s teaching a variety of classroom based courses including Tides, Currents, and Weather and Practical Navigation.

In addition to offering private and group instruction, Robert is a trip leader and instructor with the North Sound Sea Kayak Association, a trip leader with the Washington Kayak club, and works as a guide with local outfitters.

Robert also holds the BC Coastal Sea Kayak Award (4 Star) as well as the ACA’s Advanced Communications endorsement for working with those with speech, language, visual, and/or hearing disabilities.
Visit Robert's website to learn more and schedule a personalized instruction session.  https://rnissenbaum.com/

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