Dan grew up paddling at the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club (PCCC) in Montreal where he competed in sprint canoeing in the 1990’s. During his years as an athlete, he also coached youth and adult programs. He participated in the development of the kayak-polo program and coached dragon teams at the Montreal Dragon Boat Festival. His sprint background led him to develop a passion for paddling which pushed him to expand his paddling knowledge and experiences such as whitewater kayaking, kayak-polo, dragon boating, stand-up paddling (SUP), marathon canoeing, outrigger canoeing and surfski.
Dan holds a BEd and has been a teacher since April 2000. Throughout his years teaching, he has taught, coached and led K-12 students in experiential learning opportunities. Dan has an extensive list of qualifications and certifications such as Wilderness First Responder (Medical Associates), Canoe Kids Certification, Entry-Level Competitive Coaching and Competitive Development (In-progress).