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Meet the RVAPS Team

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Patrick Griffin

Founder, Kayak Instructor, Raft Guide, Shuttle Driver

Patrick learned to guide rafts with Richmond Raft Company in Spring 2003. Skills learned through four seasons of guiding in Richmond and kayaking with friends ultimately led him to explore rivers around the world. Over the past decade he paddled and guided in Alaska, Norway, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nepal, Uganda, India and Chile.

From his experience working for various river outfitters on six continents, Patrick brings to RVA Paddlesports a unique blend of safety, instruction, and style from some of the best rivers and guides around. In addition to river experience, Patrick has over 60 field days working for various Wilderness Therapy Programs in the US. Patrick’s favorite type of paddling is expedition style trips. “I love being able to absorb myself in the rhythm of the river and mountains for days on end.

The trip becomes less about each rapid and more about working with your team to safely navigate the river. Paddling has led me to the most incredible and hidden places on the planet. I hope to share those places with people in the future.”

Certifications: ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor, Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Virginia Teaching License, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering – BMC 28-Day

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Adam Dumont

Manager, Kayak Instructor, Raft Guide, Shuttle Driver

Adam has been paddling for over 2 years. He has been extremely active in that time and paddled in Norway, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, and numerous rivers along the East Coast.

His favorite activities are kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. His goal is to share his love for paddling with everybody and hopes that he can impact others the way paddling has impacted him.

Certifications: ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor, Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Nykkayla Williams

Nykkayla Williams

Manager, Raft Guide

Nykkayla found a passion for the outdoors in 2017 during her Freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the past three years, she has trained as a raft guide and trip leader through SOLE for the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program. So far, she has co-led a canyoneering trip to Utah, various water sport activities on the James and Youghiogheny River, and several caving trips.

Nikki joined the RVAPS team as a Manager during the spring of 2019 to expand her knowledge and expertise in the outdoor industry, while providing assistance to help the functionality of the company. As she completes her college career, she aspires to contribute to diversifying the outdoor world by making it accessible and attractive to all.

Certifications: Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Tier II (Safety and Protection of Minors), HEADS UP Concussion, Crowd Management, and Weather Hazard

Ingrid Shannon

Ingrid Shannon

Kayak Instructor, Raft Guide

Born in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain, Ingrid moved to Richmond, Virginia in the 1970’s. She enjoyed snorkeling in Pony Pasture, finding many aluminum cans, watches, wallets, and rings. While in college, she frequently tubed down Hollywood Rapid.

Ingrid studied at Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, and the US Army. She then went on a ROTC land a tour in Germany before becoming Commercial Hard Hat Diver in the Gulf of Mexico. Later, she worked at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Power Plant in Georgia.

After her wedding, Ingrid and her husband moved back to Virginia, and had two boys. While pregnant, she rafted the Lower Gauley River and later placed 3rd in the Animal River Race with an all-female team. She has decades of river experience, including the James, New, Gauley, Maury, Green, Nolichucky, Chattooga, Ocoee, Pigeon, French Broad, Black, Hudson, Sacandaga, and American Rivers.

When she’s not on the water, she teaches engineering, technology, and digital photography, as well as spending time outdoors with her family.

Certifications: ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor, Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder

Andi Taylor

Andi Taylor

Raft Guide

Andi has been a river guide for 9 years. After being homeschooled by her dad for 8 years, she studied Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management at Radford University with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation and graduated at 21 years old in 2011. For her senior internship, she traveled to the Chattooga River, which is federally protected under the Wild and Scenic Act, and went through guide training. She immediately fell in love with the river, the community, and the overarching sense of belonging – especially for a homeschooled kid.

She went on to spend 7 years as a guide, trip leader, safety kayaker, and kayaking instructor on the Chattooga. She met her husband during her first year. In addition to guiding, she worked in the therapeutic industry, in both the wilderness setting and boarding schools. In 2017, Andi and her husband moved to Richmond, Virginia, her hometown, and is currently teaching exceptional education in middle school. She has been guiding and trip leading on the beautiful James River for 2 years.

Certifications: Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer

David DeBiasi

David DeBiasi

Raft Guide

David’s love of the outdoors has spanned 20 seasons and thousands of miles, leading land and sea expeditions for Outward Bound, USA. During that time, he was trained in whitewater canoeing on sections of the Chattooga, Ocoee, Nantahala, and more before he spent 4 seasons raft guiding on the Deschutes River in central Oregon.

David is thrilled to be in his third year with RVA Paddlesports and finds amazement in the easy access, fun, and wisdom of the James River.

Certifications: Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder

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Andrew Reinhardt

Raft Guide

Andrew, a Richmond native, has been a Raft Guide for nearly a dozen seasons. He started on the French Broad River near Asheville, North Carolina. Down there, he also worked in Tennessee on the Nolichucky River. He later went back to finish school in Arizona at Prescott College.

While in the West, he worked in Colorado on the Numbers section of the Arkansas River, as well as Clear Creek. He moved back to Asheville after school, worked for a few more years, and then eventually to Richmond in 2019 for his first season on the James River with RVA Paddlesports.

Certifications: Sierra Rescue River Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Responder

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Kevin Mooz

Marketing Coordinator

Kevin grew up in Midlothian, Virginia and has always had a passion for the outdoors. As a Boy Scout, he frequently camped, hiked, rock climbed, canoed, kayaked, whitewater rafted, and skied. After becoming an Eagle Scout, he decided to continue his involvement in the outdoor industry.

At William & Mary, Kevin became an Outdoor Trip Leader as part of the Tribe Adventure Program, leading dozens of outdoor trips throughout the year. He studied Marketing, History, and Business Analytics, and he hopes to pursue a marketing career in outdoor adventure and tourism.

His internship at RVA Paddlesports has given him great experience in marketing for an outdoor adventure company, and he is excited to use his knowledge and experiences to continue to help the company grow.

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace Trainer