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. Mini Classes (under 1 hour)
  2. Destination Classes (1-2 hours)
  3. Core Classes (1-4 hours)
  4. Specialty Classes/Coaching Program (4-6 weeks).

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:

Mini Classes up to 1 hour long, $4.99
  1. What to pack for a day hike? (FREE- see link below)
  2. Your first aid kit (Release date February 1, 2021)
  3. Best knots for outdoor activities (Release date February 1, 2021)
  4. Footwear for the outdoors & blister prevention and treatment (Release date February 1, 2021)
  5. Trail Etiquette and Minimum impact to the natural environment (Release date February 1, 2021)
  6. Trip planning (Release date February 1, 2021)
  7. Outdoor cooking basics (Release date May 1, 2021)
  8. Backpack: Packing and Fitting a pack (Release date May 1, 2021)
  9. Map skills (Release date May 1, 2021)
  10. Compass skills (Release date May 1, 2021)
  11. GPS skills (Release date May 1, 2021)
  12. What to pack for an overnight hike? (Release date May 1, 2021)
  13. How to treat water to make it safe to drink aka "potable" (Release date August 1, 2021)
  14. Overnight camping skills at a campground (Release date August 1, 2021)
  15. Overnight skills in the backcountry (Release date August 1, 2021)
  16. Clothing for the outdoors and layering systems (Release date August 1, 2021)
  17. Hygiene and sanitation (Release date August 1, 2021)
  18. Hazards in the outdoors (subjective v. objective) (Release date August 1, 2021)
Destination Classes 1 hour long, (Zoom) $10.00
  1. Backpacking Torre del Paine, Chile (Release date February 1, 2021)
  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)
Core Classes up to 4 hours, (Hybrid) $45.00-$125.00
  1. Comprehensive Hiking/Backpacking Course ($125.00) (Release date May 1, 2021)
  2. Wilderness and Urban survival ($125.00) (Release date May 1, 2021)
  3. Comprehensive map and compass navigation ($45.00) (Release date May 1, 2021)
  4. Outdoor Cooking ($45.00) (Release date August 1, 2021)
Specialty Classes/Coaching program 4-6 weeks long, (Hybrid) $500 (Click here for dates)
  1. Outdoor Adventure Entrepreneur ($500.00)
  2. Virtual Training Design Coaching Program ($500.00)
  3. Outdoor Adventure Leader ($500.00)
  4. Outdoor Program Manager ($500.00)
  5. SUP Instructor/SUP Guide ($500 Hybrid 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.