Every one of us at Chicago Paddle Co. has a passion for stand up paddling (SUP)! Our desire is to share that passion for stand up paddling with our community, and to increase community awareness of the sport. Our instructors hold certifications from the World Paddle Association and are Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED Certified. Our instructors are the most experienced SUP staff in Chicago. We and look forward to meeting you! 

WESTY

Originally from Green Bay Wisconsin, Westy has returned to his Midwest roots after several years in Florida (where he was first introduced to stand up paddling). Prior to launching Chicago Paddle Co., Westy worked for several years as a professional boat captain in the Florida Keys.

Westy is an elite team rider for YOLO Board, and is also an avid outrigger canoe paddler. He now calls Chicago "home", and has brought his love of paddling to life here in the City by launching Chicago Paddle Co. 

Westy is a World Paddle Association (WPA) Level 2 certified instructor, and is Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED Certified.

In the off-season, Westy enjoys traveling the country teaching Advanced Paddle Technique Clinics and competing in stand up paddling races as a YOLO Board team rider.

Listen for Westy on Stoke Radio, the only radio station dedicated to paddlers.

AMY

Originally from Kansas, Amy has been a Chicago native for fifteen years. As an avid runner and accomplished triathlete, Amy has always enjoyed the beautiful Chicago lakefront. As an owner and co-founder of Chicago Paddle Co. Amy is devoted to sharing her love of paddling with other Chicagoans!

Amy is a PaddleFit Level 2 and World Paddle Association (WPA) Level 1 certified instructor, and is Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED Certified. She is also a brand ambassador for Lole Women.