The Virtual Outdoor School is a division of By Land and By Water, an experiential education company that offers experiences to deepen skills and knowledge in the field of outdoor adventure. 

Our classes are offered Asynchronous (at-your-own-pace) and Synchronous (live using Zoom). There are 4 categories:

  1. Core Classes
  2. Destination Classes
  3. Specialty Classes
  4. Coaching Program
  5. Certifications

We focus on land-based outdoor skills for hiking, backpacking and camping, as well as water-based activities such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Our current and future offerings:

Core Classes 30 minutes to 2 hours long, (Both Formats) $5.00-$45.00
  1. (A) What to pack for a day hike? (FREE- see link below)
  2. (A) Your first aid kit ($5.00)
  3. (A) Trip planning ($5.00)
  4. (S) Comprehensive map and compass navigation ($45.00, May 2, 2021)
  5. (A) Footwear for the outdoors & blister prevention and treatment ($5.00, release date May 1, 2021)
  6. (A) Outdoor Ethics ($5.00 release date May 1, 2021)
  7. (A) Water Disinfection and Hygiene ($5.00 release date May 1, 2021)
  8. (A) Outdoor Cooking ($5.00 release date May 1, 2021)
  9. (S) Wilderness Survival ($45.00 release date August 1, 2021)
  10. (A) Clothing for the outdoors and layering systems ($5.00 release date August 1, 2021)
  11. (A) Backpack: Packing and Fitting a pack ($5.00 release date August 1, 2021)
  12. (A) Safety Management in the Outdoors ($5.00 release date August 1, 2021)

Note: Individuals interested in validating their understanding of these core outdoor skills can take an exam upon completion of all 12 core skills courses. Those who score 80% or higher on the exam, will be awarded a Core Outdoor Skills Certificate.

Destination Classes 1.5 hour long, (Both formats) $10.00
  1. Backpacking Torre del Paine, Chile
  2. Hiking Mt. Katadin (Release date August 1, 2021)
  3. Hiking Mt. Washington(Release date August 1, 2021)
  4. Hiking Mt. Whitney (Release date August 1, 2021)
  5. Backpacking in Joshua Tree (Release date August 1, 2021)
  6. Puerto Rico multi-sport adventure (Release date August 1, 2021)
Specialty Classes up to 4 hours, (Hybrid)
  1. Knots for Outdoor Adventures (TBD)
Coaching program 4-6 weeks long, (Hybrid) $500
  1. Outdoor Adventure Leader ($500.00)
  2. Outdoor Program Manager ($500.00)
  3. NOLS Risk Management Training for Administrators ($680)
  4. Outdoor Adventure Entrepreneur ($500.00)
  1. Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor Certification

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Hi, I’m José

I am the founder and director of education for the Virtual Outdoor School. I started my career in outdoor education in 1989. 

I feel lucky that I have spent more than 900 nights sleeping in a tent, I hiked the Sierras, more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, Caribbean volcanos, Torres del Paine, Chile and Los Angeles’s local gems like Mount San Antonio 10,064 feet (Mt. Baldy). My love for the outdoors and commitment to teaching has earned me the opportunity to teach for NOLS, Outward Bound and several universities. 

As an ACA Instructor Trainer for Stand Up Paddleboarding my focus is in developing the next generation of SUP Instructors. I competed in multiple SUP races including the Battle of the Paddle, Malibu Downwinder, Carolina Cup and Pacific Paddle Games. My USCG 50-Ton Captain’s license opened up opportunities for me to lead others in sailing adventures as I put more than 2,000 nautical miles under my belt sailing in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, BVIs, Leeward Islands, and Windwards Islands.

My goal is to teach you the skills and give you the confidence to enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. Together we will break down the barriers for people to get outdoors.