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become who you are supposed to be

DON'T waste your potential

Don’t let fear run your life |  Don’t sell yourself short

Know how to handle anything that comes your way

learn to live in the now
LET THE OUTDOORS guide YOU to WHO YOU really are

why we do this

The most important lessons in life come from the most difficult times as long as one does not become bitter or take on a victim mentality where they believe they cannot overcome what life has thrown at them. We are no different at Wilderness and Waves as we have gone though some dark times and been faced with some amazing challenges. We felt the frustration of losing our own identity, the panic of not knowing what to do in a medical crisis, and the anxiety of stepping beyond our comfort zone. What we have discovered is all those years of riding waves, running rivers, climbing mountains, and putting mile after mile on the trail is it provided us with the perfect vehicle to overcome our own fears and help us find our true and purest form of who we are supposed to be. So, our mission is to assist anyone that needs help to rediscovering who they truly are and getting outside to enjoy this beautiful world we live in.

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we prepare you for life

what we do


Manage fear in your own life by being prepared to know what to do when the unexpected happens. Sign up for a course and get trained today!!!

identity training

We offer one on one online training that utilizes the outdoors to help anyone rediscover who they are meant to be. Sign-up today!!!


Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure but didn’t have anyone to go with? Sign up and find a community to go with today!!!  

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used gear

GETTING GEAR INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT WILL USE IT. The right gear enhances the outdoor experience. Do you need gear but can’t afford to buy new? This is for you. 

Do you have any gear that hasn’t been touched in years? Email us to either donate or wholesale the gear to get it into the hands of people that will use it.


*shipping cost apply

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Private courses available!

LET'S WORK TOGETHER. WE will travel to you*
*additional fees may apply

who we are


Bachelor of Science in OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP– Southern Oregon University

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness Remote First Aid instructor
  • First Aid/CPR/AED instructor
  • Stand up Paddleboard instructor
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician (advanced)
  • Technical Ropes Rescue technician
  • Minimal Impact Adventurer
  • Leave No Trace
  • Stop the Bleed instructor
  • Open water scuba
  • life coach


The outdoors has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up in the Pacific northwest, I spent many hours rafting, mountain biking, hiking, standup paddle boarding, skating, backpacking, camping and personally love everything that takes me outside, but nothing compares to my love affair with surfing. I surfed the last twenty years on the cold forbidding Oregon coast. So many great experiences in the water, but it also put me in some tense situations that left me a little shaken. I was pulled a half mile offshore in a strong rip, charged by sea lions, watched my leash break sending the board pirouetting on top of a wave seventy-five yards to the shore, dragged eighteen feet under the water in big surf, and much more. Despite thinking I am going to die many times, I survived and walked away with so many important lessons that I took back to my everyday life. In fact, it seems like when I venture outdoors, I almost always gain something back that I need. The ‘Father of the National Parks’ John Muir conveyed this same sentiment by declaring,

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

This is why Wilderness and Waves exists. The outdoors is our sanctuary, sanity, motivator, clarifier, therapy, and teacher. The lessons we impart to those that join us on this journey are the same ones I learned and the same ones I taught my four boys. That the thrills, spills, self-confidence, adrenaline rushes and self-discovery gained may be as addictive as any street drug, but without the horrible side effects. To push your own limits so you will grow in confidence and in understanding yourself on a deeper level. To enjoy life and love it. That Hollywood looks, financial status and designer clothing become useless out there. It is who you are on the inside and what you know. The right decisions lead to comfort, where the wrong ones lead to discomfort. When the heavens open and the rains fall, it will fall on everyone no matter how cool you think you are. When the sun cooks, everyone will feel the heat. It is right, it is fair, it is fun. So, let the outdoors and Wilderness and Waves be your guide from where you are currently stuck at to where you can be thriving in life.

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we prepare you for life

Band J

‘We’ve lulled ourselves into believing that in an emergency, someone else will always come along to rescue us. We’ve stopped relying on our own wonderfully adaptable bodies, we’ve forgotten that we can think, climb, leap, run, throw, swim, and fight with more versatility than any other creature on the planet.’

-Christopher McDougall Natural Born Heroes

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