SUP Instructors

SUP Paddle Board Lesson Instructors

Lake Erie Paddler employs a great team of certified SUP instructors to teach our programming that includes Paddleboard Lessons, SUP Yoga, and Paddleboard Fitness.  All of our instructors are fitness and water enthusiasts committed to deliver a quality experience all of our clients.


Jim Lawhead, a certified SUP Instructor, is the founder of Lake Erie Paddler as was the first avid paddler on Lake Erie.  Jim is a native of Lorain and is passionate about sharing the joy of paddle boarding with everyone in the Lake Erie region and beyond.


SUP Instructor Becky Smith

Becky Smith, a current resident of Akron,  is a certified SUP instructor raised on the water in Western Pennsylvania and is an expert water skier, wakeboarder, and wake surfer.  Becky loves the outdoors and spending time with her dog Jake, especially on the Paddle Board on Lake Erie.





SUP Instructor Julia PiskuraJulia Piskura, a certified SUP Instructor, was raised on the water in Sheffield Lake and has spent the last year on the island of St. Croix learning kite-boarding and honing her surfing skills.  Julia’s enthusiasm for water sports and paddle boarding is contagious and inspires you to get up and stand up.  Julia is our MVP and can be found anywhere where we are on the water.




SUP Instructor Juan CottoJuan Cotto, a certified SUP Instructor, is a Lorain native, a fitness enthusiast and grew up in a marial arts family.  Juan’s physical physique is a rock solid as his personal integrity and leads our paddle board excursions and paddle board fitness classes.






SUP Instructor Rober LeitnerRobert Leitner, a certified SUP instructor was raised in Wisconsin and grew up in the outdoors with a love for skiing.  Robert is currently a Lorain resident and enjoys outdoor extreme sports and excels in Tough Mudder competitions and leads paddle board fitness classes and excursions.