Dylan Knowles, ­ Course Instructor

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A close friend of mine Sam Wrinkle told me about Educo in high school and had been trying to get me there ever since. Finally, by 2015 I had acquired necessary certifications and experience to heed the calling and become a course instructor.

Educo’s philosophy resonates deeply with my own and is a big part of what originally drew me in. I believe that true growth happens only when we step past our personal comfort zones and play in the realm of the unknown. The experiential learning available through Educo is multi-faceted and amazingly immersive which truly enables self ­discovery and personal growth.

Being in the wilderness with youth and seeing what they take away from their experiences is such a special part of what Educo has to offer. There’s nothing quite like hands-­on experiential learning where a group of individuals support each other and grow as a team.

While not at Educo, I’m finishing a 2­year Outdoor Adventure program at Algonquin College in Ontario. Beyond school I bounce between whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, and creating music. I hope to write an album and enjoy a climbing trip before the end of the year.

If I had one thing to say to new students coming to Educo it would be to come in with an open mind and an open heart. The experiences available at Educo have countless lessons for everyone from the youngest student to the most well versed leader. Being open to these opportunities enables us to learn more about ourselves than we ever imagined.

Dylan holds certifications in Wilderness First Responder (90 hours wilderness first aid), Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 1, Introductory Tandem Canoe Instructor and Leave No Trace Presentation. Dylan also holds an Outdoor Adventure diploma from Algonquin College.