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Folly Beach Paddle & Surf Instructors have all spent their lives focused on exploration, protection and enjoyment of the ocean, rivers and lakes. Years spent Surfing, Paddling, Swimming, Fishing, Diving and Ocean Rescue Training is the thread that binds this tight knit crew.

 

Members of the Folly SUP & Surf team have a combined 65 years of Surf, Paddle, Instruction, and Ocean Conservation experience. Hundreds of lessons provided and each bring a different, unique perspective gained from Low Country hometown knowledge, international travel and continual Instructor Training.

 

Our Instructors have Ocean Rescue Certification, Open Water Rescue Certification, CPR/ FIRST AID/ AED Certification, Jet Ski Rescue Certification and ASI Paddle Instructor Certifications. Two also have EMT Certifications.

 

Folly Beach Paddle & Surf instructors have combined to make over 100 ocean rescues as lifeguards on Folly Beach. We understand the unique water and wind conditions the coast of Folly Beach can present.

 

Simply stated, no other provider of surf or paddle lessons on Folly Beach has this level of Training, Medical, Instructor, and Ocean Rescue Certifications and experience.

Luke

Luke

Luke is Northern by birth and Southern by choice. An Ocean Rescue Trainer for Charleston County, Luke spends his off time paddling, surfing, and writing jokes for his new stand-up routine.

Certified:

Open Water Lifesaving
CPR/AED/First Aid
EMT-B
Emergency Vehicle Operation
Jet Ski Rescue
ASI Stand Up Paddle Instructor

Experience:

Head Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Supervisor – Folly Beach
Ocean Rescue and Special Events Trainer

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Anthony

Anthony is a Charleston native willing to travel the world in search of waves to surf, and cliffs to climb. Anthony is an Ocean Rescue Supervisor on Folly Beach, and enjoys training side-by-side with the new recruits.

Certified:

Open Water Lifesaving
CPR/AED/First Aid
Emergency Vehicle Operation
Jet Ski Rescue
ASI Stand Up Paddle Instructor

Experience:

Head Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Supervisor – Folly Beach
Ocean Rescue and Special Events Trainer

Mike

Michael Ezelle

A long time waterman who enjoys SUPing, surfing and swimming in the ocean, Mike is a grateful family man fighting to keep up with his 2 little kids and badass wife. As the owner of Folly Beach SUP & Surf, Mike works hard to ensure every member of the team has all the resources needed to thrive on all levels. Mike is the Founder of the Eco-Education based Non-Profit WhaleTales Living Classrooms and relishes the opportunity to provide lessons in Ecology, Conservancy, and Stewardship of the natural resources on Folly Beach to the many school children participating in the program.

Certified:

CPR/AED/First Aid
U.S. Coast Guard OUPV
Red Cross Disaster Assessment
ASI Stand Up Paddle Instructor
Advanced Open Water Rescue

Experience:

OWNER / OPERATOR of Folly Beach SUP & Surf, Sunshine Umbrella Rentals, Folly Beach Chair Company, The Juice Joint
FOUNDER – WhaleTales Living Classrooms Eco-education based Non-Profit

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Joel Torres

Joel is a Southern California born waterman, who has made charleston his home for the past 8 years. Joel has enjoyed working and teaching aquatic sports and lifesaving on the beaches from Folly Beach to LA for the past 15 years. Joel loves paddling, swimming, kayaking and anything beach related. Joel is the Founder of an innovative Learn To Swim instructional program for early childhood that many believe will become an industry standard!

Certified:

 Lifeguard Instructor
 First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
 Water Safety Instructor
ASI Level 1 Certified SUP Instructor
SUP Fitness Instructor

Experience:

Rescue Boat Operator
Open Water Lifeguard Trainer
Head Trainer/Superivor LA City Jr Guards
Charleston County JR Guards Instructor
Folly Beach Open Water Lifeguard
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Allen Gillespie

Born in the South Carolina upstate, Allen spent his Summers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where his dad was Head Lifeguard Supervisor for the South Strand beaches. We call Allen Chairman of the Boards because (even though he would never say it) whether its surfing, SUPing, wake or skate…this guy owns it. Allen is currently a full-time student at Clemson but can’t stay away from working on beautiful Folly Beach during the summer.

Certified:

EMR (Emergency Medical Responder Certified)
CPR/AED/First Aid
Ocean Rescue Lifeguard
Certified SUP Instructor

Experience:

-Folly Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguard
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Tiffany Haddad

After practicing for nearly a decade and inspired to teach, Tiffany completed a 200-hour teacher training program through Charm City Yoga in Baltimore, Maryland.  Since that time, she has offered classes, workshops, and private instruction internationally, at yoga studios, fitness centers, gyms, schools, and in the privacy of one’s home. She also leads yoga retreats throughout the US and around the world. Tiffany teaches a variety of yoga styles, including gentle, restorative, hot, and vinyasa, SUP yoga, and specializes in using yoga as a way to heal from grief and loss.  She combines her knowledge and experience of the asanas with a unique, open and accessible teaching style, using alignment and breath work to introduce newcomers to yoga while encouraging more experienced students to deepen their own practices. Tiffany believes that yoga truly is for everyone. There is a style, level, and practice for all ages, shapes, and sizes. Tiffany has studied with yoga instructors including Elena Brower, Cyndi Lee, and Max Strom.  She continues to focus and deepen her own practice by taking regular classes and attending workshops, retreats, and additional trainings around the world. 

Certified:

E-RYT 200
ASI SUP Level 1
Lifeguard
CPR/FIRST AID/AED
Open Water Rescue

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