The Notre Dame Outdoor Club is an extracurricular club for students of Notre Dame Regional Secondary in Vanouver, BC.
We work very hard to offer a variety of outdoor activities that are safe and affordable. How do we do it? Simple. We have a great staff of teachers who are willing to put in a lot of time and effort to get training and certification from industry leaders. By using our own teachers as guides, we can keep our trips affordable, but still maintain a high standard of safety. Take a look at our key personnel below.
Teacher Andrew McCracken leads paddling activities and handles paperwork and administration. He holds the following Paddle Canada certifications: Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor, Kayak Rolling Instructor, Advanced Lakewater Canoe Instructor, Canoe Tripping Instructor, Wilderness Camping Instructor. Additionally, he is a Level 1 Hiking Leader with the OCC, and has trained in avalanche safety (AST). He holds a Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid certificate and an ROC-Marine for VHF radio.
Teacher Dawn Borthistle is an avid hiker, paddler, and Scout leader. She holds the following Paddle Canada certifications: Basic Sea Kayak Instructor, Canoe Tripping Instructor, Intermediate Lakewater Canoe Instructor. She holds a Red Cross Basic Wilderness First Aid certificate.
Teacher Lauren Citton loves watersports and our annual Spring Camp Out, where she is camp mom. She is a Level 1 Hiking Leader with the OCC
Teacher Natalie Turner is at home on any watercraft, from kayaks to paddleboards. She is a Basic Kayak Instructor with Paddle Canada, an Introductory Canoe Tripping Instructor with Paddle Canada, and a Canoe Tripping Leader with RCABC. She holds a Red Cross Basic Wilderness First Aid certification.