Our Surfing Instructor
Our surfing instructor, Jeremy Grosnevor has taught in the Hamptons for the last 15 years and has been with us for eight years. He puts safety first and has the expertise as well as the patience to be an excellent instructor. He is trained in CPR, First Aid, WSI and is an ocean lifeguard.
When in the ocean groups of 12 children will be supervised by the instructor, and 3 additional surf instructors. We supply red rash guards, which are mandatory to wear, even over wet suits. Respect for the water is mandatory and we insist that the rules set by the instructors be followed without exception. In order to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved we will ask any participants to leave if rules cannot be followed. The riders will be taught what to do in case of a rip tide which is very important to know even when you are in the water swimming at any time.
Our Captains and Instructors
Matt O'Hare, George Howard, Garret Cuttler and Wendy Romer
Captain Matt is a seasoned maritime professional with over 35 years of experience on the water, and holds a U.S.C.G. Master Captain’s license, 100-Gross Tons, with specialized towing endorsements. As the former director of an ocean-diving enterprise, Matt has accumulated a mind-boggling 20,000 scuba-dives in every manner of sea conditions around the world; this experience, above and below the seas has provided him with a unique skill-set to understand the quickly-changing conditions and variables that can occur on the water bringing an extremely high-level of safety, expertise, and resources to our team. Captain Matt also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, Management, and Economics. He is presently pursuing his Master’s Degree.
George is returning as our captain for the 3rd summer with the Riders."I love being out in the water with our great instructors and campers. The results we see are truly amazing. It is that incredible moment …you see it on their face when they have accomplished a personal challenge. We all feel good…and the smiles are contagious!"
After being in charge of the Riders as well as teaching and instructing for the past seven years, Garrett decided to become our full time captain this summer. During the school year Captain Garrett has been a teacher at the Ross School (Upper Campus) teaching Wellness/Physical Education and Health. He spent this past year in Thailand teaching English and plans to go back in the fall. Each year as the summer approaches he looks forward to the Riders and another great summer on the boat!
Wendy Romer is currently enjoying her 8th year working with the Art Farm. After graduating college and spending a year in Hawaii she sought out to combine her love of the water and outdoors with her passion for teaching children. Originally from Long Island, Wendy follows the warm weather to South Florida during the school year where she is an elementary Art Teacher. Living on the lake allows her the opportunity to wakeskate recreationally on the weekends but she is looking forward to another amazing year in the gator-free waters of Eastern Long Island!