March 5th, 2019
Adventure Sports Colloquium series to feature GC graduate Ben Morton
Ben Morton, a graduate of the adventure sports program of Garrett College, is scheduled to present as part of the Garrett College Adventure Sports colloquium series on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. His presentation will take place in Room 1013 in the Center for Adventure and Outdoor Studies (CAOS) building on the McHenry campus.
After graduating from Garrett College, Morton served as a manager at the Virginia Outdoor Center in Fredericksburg, Va. During his time in Virginia, he worked as a guest instructor and guide with Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Co. (CKAPCO).
While striving to increase both his professional and personal outdoor experience, Morton spent a lot of time traveling around the country to work for many different paddling schools as a guest instructor/guide, as well as teach ACA Instructor Certification Workshops.
During the past 10 years, he has worked with the following companies and organizations, such as: National Outdoor Leadership School's Rocky Mountain River Program, Jackson Hole Kayak School, Espirit Costa Rica, DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking, Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School, New Zealand Kayak School, Brevard College, Boston College, St. Michaels College, and Wilderness Rescue International.
Morton was able to grow his coaching skills and guiding experiences by instructing courses and leading trips in Central America, Asia, New Zealand, and Europe.
In 2013, he was honored with the American Canoe Association's (ACA) Excellence in Instruction Award. This prestigious award is presented to an ACA member for his or her outstanding contribution to paddlesports education and instruction.
He is currently pursuing his master's degree in performance coaching, while continuing to teach paddlesports, lead coach education workshops, and guide overseas. He lives with his wife and newborn daughter in Virginia.
Although the colloquium series are part of a course for students enrolled in the Adventure Sports program, the general public is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Garrett College Adventure Sports office at 301-387-3330.