Meet our Watersport Instructors

Our Outdoor Pursuits team is ready to take you on a private kayak tour, paddle board around the lake, or an exciting wakeboard lesson. Rent one of our watercraft and explore Lake Keowee with your family, accompanied by one of our watersport instructors, to ensure a successful experience. Whatever your aquatic desire, we can help plan your perfect day on the lake!



James is back again for his third season as a watersport instructor. As our skiing specialist, he can teach you to ski with two skis, or one, if you are bold enough. James is your go-to guy for anything and everything on the lake. 

From: Fishkill, NY
Lives in: Seneca, SC
Favorite Watersport: Slalom skiing
Watersport Experience: 18 years
Free Time: Hockey and Fishing



Born and raised in Six Mile, Grayson grew up on the water. He is returning for his second summer with us, and bringing back his wicked wakeboarding skills. Grayson would love to help you and your family master the most extreme watersport there is. 

From: Six Mile, SC
Lives in: Six Mile, SC
Favorite Watersport: Wakeboarding
Watersport Experience: 13 years
Free Time: Watch Baseball and Go Out on the Lake with Friends



Zach is another local returning to our team for his second year. He is a jack-of-all-trades teacher who can help you with anything and everything. Make sure to pick his brain about any local and outdoor questions you might have. 

From: Central, SC
Lives in: Clemson, SC
Favorite Watersport: Wakesurfing
Watersport experience: 10 years
Free Time: Multi-Media Work, Basketball, Anything Outdoors



Kayla is a first-time driver, but she brings tons of experience from the watersport world. She is as good at surfing as she is at teaching surfing. Kayla is also an architect, a graduate of Clemson, who can provide a unique perspective about houses on the water.

From: Lake Meade, PA
Lives in: Greenville, SC
Favorite Watersport: Wakesurfing
Watersport Experience: 20 years
Free Time: Hot Yoga and Driving My Jeep Around Town



Nick is also joining us for his first year as a driver. He can use his graduate degree in wildlife and fisheries biology to enhance your knowledge of the water. As the oldest of the group, he has lots of watersport wisdom to go around.  

From: Bluffton, SC
Lives in: Clemson, SC
Favorite Watersport: Tubing
Watersport Experience: 20 years
Free Time: Golf, Hunting, and Fishing



Gavin is yet another first-year driver joining us this season. As easy-going as they come, he is an excellent instructor and has a good time. If you want to talk about local sports while learning a watersport, Gavin is your guy. 

From: Westchester, NY
Lives in: Clemson, SC
Favorite Watersport: Skiing
Watersport Experience: 15 years
Free Time: Hanging out with Friends and Watching Sports



Whitney is a water skier through and through. It may be her first year with us, but it is not her first time on the water. Whitney is a waterski-rated driver who was previously the president of the Clemson waterski team.

From: Fish Kill, NY
Lives in: Seneca, SC
Favorite Watersport: Skiing
Watersport Experience: 17 years
Free Time: Watch Hockey and Hang out with Friends


While our Outdoor Pursuits team offers boat tours and lessons throughout the season, members at The Cliffs can enroll children ages 7-14 in our Youth Watersport Clinics. For kiddos seeking adventure with the Outdoor Pursuits team–on and off the water–join us for an exciting three-day adventure filled with activities such as paddleboarding and ziplining on Lake Keowee, a river adventure, and a camping excursion at Lake Jocassee! 


June 17-18 | Ages 7-10

June 24-25 | Ages 11-14


July 15-16 | Ages 7-10

July 22-23 | Ages 11-14


July 8-10 | Ages 10-14


If you are not a member of one of our seven private luxury communities at The Cliffs, we invite you to connect with us to learn more about our Outdoor Pursuit opportunities and what lake living looks like. Click the button below to contact us.