Jen MaxwellJen LOVES Kayaking! She remembers the first time she was in a boat, she flipped upside down to “wet exit” and came up with a huge smile. It was then, she knew it was meant to be. Jen has been paddling since 2008 and every year she finds something new she wants to accomplish. In 2011, she decided she wanted to learn to instruct so she took an ACA certification course. In the Spring of 2012, she called Ace Kayaking and nearly begged for a job interview—she was the most shocked she’s ever been when she got the job! She loves teaching. She can’t help but smile every time she sees a new paddler learning how to roll,  getting their first combat roll, or making their first good eddy turn. Jen knows the difference paddling made to her and enjoys getting to share the love. Paddling changed her life. She found a new family who has gotten her through some of the toughest times she’s ever faced. She found a new place of refuge from the world on the Ocoee River. She found some of the funniest ladies she can image to share adventures with. 2012 was an amazing year for her paddling-wise. She got to paddle the Green River for the first time and fell head over heels for the rapids. It led her to set her own personal goal. Green River Race…that’s the plan.

Certifications: Registered Nurse, ACA Level IV instructor, ACA Swiftwater, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Wilderness First Aid Certified