Dave Zinn: Executive Director and Coach

Dave Zinn demonstrating his passion for rivers on the Clark's fork of the yellowstone in wyoming

Dave Zinn demonstrating his passion for rivers on the Clark's fork of the yellowstone in wyoming

Dave started kayaking when he was 12 years old and has enjoyed passing his love of rivers and river travel on to new generations of young paddlers. He hopes that kayaking, or activities like it, will provide these young kayakers with a similar outlet for exploration and adventure that it provided him. 

Dave has worked with a variety of youth kayaking programs since the mid-1990's. Participants in these programs have ranged from first time kayakers to Junior World Champions and everything in between. His work as a kayak coach and life as a kayaker provided him with the opportunity to travel the globe, working across the United States, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, China, Zambia, and Uganda. Since 2009, Dave has been living in Bozeman and running Wave Train Kayak Team.

Dave is a practicing Wilderness EMT, Outdoor Emergency Caregiver and Whitewater Rescue Technician. 

 

Megan Meyer: Coach

Coach Megan Meyer surfing on a Wave Train Kayak Team trip to the snake river outside of Jackson Hole

Coach Megan Meyer surfing on a Wave Train Kayak Team trip to the snake river outside of Jackson Hole

Megan first joined Wave Train Kayak Team as a participant five years ago. Since moving on, Megan has gone on to work in the whitewater industry for Great Northern Rafting Company developing her skills as a Whitewater Rescue Technician and a practicing EMT and Wilderness First Responder. In the summer of 2016 she returned to the Wave Train Kayak Team family and became a certified American Canoe Association instructor. She is a pre-med student at MSU who says that, "Kayaking is the greatest sport ever!"

 

Jordan Stoner: Coach

lead instructor, jordan stoner showing off his style on an out-of-town trip to missoula

lead instructor, jordan stoner showing off his style on an out-of-town trip to missoula

Since he began kayaking in 2001, Jordan has taught kayaking with four different organizations in seven states. He has accumulated several advanced certifications such as: Swiftwater Rescue Technician, ACA Level III Whitewater Kayak Instructor, EMT and Wilderness First Responder. Locally, Jordan has trained with the Gallatin County Swiftwater Rescue Team.

 

Brenna Kelleher: Coach

junior world champion freestyle kayaker and wave train coach brenna kelleher competes at the gallatin whitewater festival

junior world champion freestyle kayaker and wave train coach brenna kelleher competes at the gallatin whitewater festival

Brenna was part of the original Wave Train Kayak Team with Dennis Steinhauer through the late '90s. Brenna travelled and kayaked internationally with the Adventure Quest School. An accomplished freestyle kayaking competitor, Brenna is a former World Champion Freestyle Kayaker. She has coached kayaking and skiing and has worked as an guide, teacher and  international woman of Mystery for the Travelling School based here in Bozeman. 

Brenna is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, CPR and Whitewater Rescue Technician. 

 

Alex Bergeron: Coach

Big sky ski patroller and wave train coach alex bergeron helps the crew surf the Mrs bubbles wave on the yellowstone river

Big sky ski patroller and wave train coach alex bergeron helps the crew surf the Mrs bubbles wave on the yellowstone river

Alex began working as a coach at Wave Train Kayak Team in 2015 after many years as a raft guide on the Gallatin River. As a grad student in Bozeman, he also works with the MSU Outdoor Program kayak classes. He is a long time ski patroller at Big Sky resort and teaches Wilderness Medicine at Desert Mountain Medicine.  is a Whitewater Rescue Technician and an EMT.

Alex is a practicing EMT and a Whitewater Rescue Technician