I prefer being outside hiking, fishing, biking, running, canoeing, and kayaking. I started canoeing as a small child on flatwater, paddling with my father in Georgia and have since traveled the world and competed in whitewater slalom, freestyle, and creek boating. I have spent extensive time in the Ocoee area kayaking with my wife Aleta (Miller) McCleskey, as well as my friend the late Jeff West. Now days I call Western North Carolina home and am focused on teaching others the knowledge I have accumulated over 30 years of outdoor experiences. I use positive reinforcement, enthusiasm for the experience, and a love for kayaking in my teaching and coaching. I am looking forward to working with ACE Kayaking School and spending time on the water with you.
15 time member of US Slalom Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Team
Past Member of US Freestyle Team
Multiple top 5 and top 10 finishes at Whitewater Slalom World Cups and World Championships
Passed winner of Green Race in C-1
Volunteer and coach at Nantahala Racing Club
Cast Member of Ultimate Survival Alaska Season 3 on National Geographic Channel
Certified Wilderness First Responder , CPR, and First-Aid