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.