School Guides

Meet the reasons that our School has been in continuous operation longer than any other outfit in the East- our dedicated, professional instructors. The only thing they are more passionate about than climbing and paddling is providing you with a great experience. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or need help reaching your elusive goals, your instructor will work with you to provide the right level of support, guidance, and encouragement.

CLIMBING

Our climbing instructors hold some level of American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certification and have undergone training associated with those certifications. They have the technical knowledge and experience to deliver the most up-to-date instruction, but they never forget that your satisfaction and enjoyment come first. As much as they love repeat customers, their true measure of success is when they encounter former students enjoying the crags on their own.

The EMS Climbing School is fully accredited by the AMGA, which oversees all aspects of the climbing instruction profession and stands as the premier U.S. training and certifying body within the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).

PADDLING

The American Canoe Association (ACA) is the accepted governing body of paddle sports in the U.S. because it provides the most consistent and comprehensive instructor training and certification programs. Roughly translated, when you learn from us, you learn from experienced paddlers who are current of the latest techniques and best practices.

Most important, our guides are focused on helping you have as much fun as possible in a sport that you don’t have to be superstrong or ultrafit to enjoy.

Peter Casson

Schools General Manager, Rhode Island
ACA Coastal Kayak Level 5 ITE & ACA SUP Level 2 IT

Bio & Certifications

Keith Moon

Climbing School Manager, North Conway
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor & AIARE 1 Course Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Eric Waldron

Climbing School Manager, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor & SPI Provider

Bio & Certifications

Joe Sherlock

Kayak School Manager, Rhode Island
ACA Level IV: Open Water Coastal Kayaking

Bio & Certifications

Anne Parmenter

Climbing Guide, West Hartford
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Bob Donahue

Climbing Guide, Lake Placid
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Carolyn Riccardi

Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Casi Rynkowski

Paddleboard/ SUP Fitness Instructor, RI & MA
ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer

Bio & Certifications

David Lottmann

Climbing Guide & Avalanche Instructor, North Conway
AMGA Cert. Single Pitch Instr. & AIARE 2 Course Leader

Bio & Certifications

Ethan Lemieux

Climbing & Ski Guide, North Conway
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

George Miller

Kayak Instructor, Saratoga Springs
ACA Level 2 Certified

Bio & Certifications

Heather Clancy

Paddleboard/ SUP Fitness Instructor, RI & MA
ACA Level 1 SUP Instructor, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer

Bio & Certifications

Ian Wauchope

Climbing Guide, North Conway
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor rock-instructor

Bio & Certifications

Jeffrey Lea

Climbing Guide, West Hartford & North Conway
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Jonathan Baldassare

Climbing Guide, North Conway
AMGA Certified Rock Instructorrock-instructor

Bio & Certifications

Keith Sidle

Climbing Guide, North Conway
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Mark Flemming

Kayak Instructor, Rhode Island & Massachusetts
ACA Level V: Open Water Coastal Kayaking

Bio & Certifications

Matt Carter

Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Matt Wiech

Climbing Guide, Lake Placid
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Michael Lackman

Climbing & Avalanche Inst., West Hartford & North Conway
AMGA Cert. Single Pitch Instr. & AIARE 1 Course Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Patty Lankhorst

Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Steve Banks

Kayak Instructor, Rhode Island & Massachusetts
ACA Level IV: Open Water Coastal Kayaking

Bio & Certifications

Will Roth

Climbing Guide, Lake Placid
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Peter Lewis

Climbing Guide, North Conway
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Peter Hovling

Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Bill Irving

Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

Bio & Certifications

Jim Palmatier

Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor rock-instructor

Bio & Certifications

Dustin Ulrich

Climbing Guide, Lake Placid
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Bio & Certifications

GUIDE ROSTER

Peter Casson
Keith Moon
Eric Waldron
Joe Sherlock
Anne Parmenter
Bill Irving
Bob Donahue
Carolyn Riccardi
Casi Rynkowski
Chris DeVries
David Lottmann
Doug Martland
Dustin Ulrich
Ethan Lemieux
George Miller
Heather Clancy
Ian Wauchope
Jason Hurwitz
Jeffrey Lea
Jeremy Broughton
Jim Palmatier
John Knight
Jonathan Baldassare
Keith Sidle
Luke Foley
Mark Flemming
Matt Carter
Matt Wiech
Michael Lackman
Patty Lankhorst
Peter Hovling
Peter Lewis
Rich Dana
Robert Sagerman
Steven Banks
Timothy Bradbury
Tim Hill
Will Roth
Zackary Simpson