(WGHP) – After some tough outdoor experiences, Jo Proia searched everywhere for a place to get the right training and couldn’t find it, so she decided to solve her own problem.
She became a certified American Canoe Association instructor to teach paddle sports.
Over the past 10 years, Proia has used her knowledge to teach women the skills they need to be safe while enjoying nature.
“I wanted it to be easier for them and that they didn’t have to go through what I went through,” she said.
Proia teaches stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, horseback riding, target shooting, archery and other recreational activities as part of her business Outdoor Women by Jo Proia.
“We can’t rely on our muscles or our strength to get us going and getting started. We have to rely on good technique, so that’s our specialty, teaching women how to do it in an educated and autonomous way, ”said Proia.
“I wanted to try something new, and Jo does a really good job providing a safe space for lack of a better term to come and learn new things, try different things,” said Christy Rymer, program participant.
Proia says it’s rewarding to guide women on their next adventure and, in many cases, to see them recover a part of themselves.
“I have a file full of testimonials from women who have said that this programming literally saved their lives. It helped them get out of depression, ”she said.
Proia says more than 3,000 women have completed its programs in the past decade
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