Jay Gitomer is the owner-operator of Blue World Paddlesports and the founder of Babes with Blades All-Women, No-Yelling Paddling Events. She is an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor, BCU UKCC Level 1 Paddlesports Coach, and BCU 4-Star Leader. She is known for her creative, fun approach to training. Jay runs the paddleboard club Baltimore Boards, is a former coordinator of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association, and volunteers with Team River Runner to help wounded service people. Jay also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Safety Education and Instruction Council of the American Canoe Association.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Everybody should be able to figure out how I'll answer this one: I paddle! I love to be on the water and I enjoy the physical activity of moving a craft through the water. It's meditative; when I paddle, all I think about is the moment. I've been lucky to do a lot of coaching the past two seasons. I've found that coaching has raised my own paddling skills to a much higher level, and I've really loved the chance to meet all sorts of people who share my passion.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing most of my life. I have an MA in English Lit/Creative Writing, which I chose because I always knew writing would be part of my life forever. I had my first short story published about that time, wrote a couple of novels that collected dust on the shelf, and then found that Corporate America needed writers. Now I freelance as an writer, editor, and proofreader, and also teach writing and English at the college level.
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Follow Me: Leadership & Trip Planning presents everything you need to know to be comfortable leading trips on the water in a single short book. A step-by-step guide, Follow Me includes diagrams and practice scenarios from real life. If you lead paddles in any discipline, you will find something valuable in Follow Me.
You know all the kayak strokes but your paddling could be more polished and easy. Principles of the Ninja Paddler will help you make your boat dance by shining light on the concepts of efficiency and style for kayakers.