A big thanks to our volunteer coaches, without them we would not be able to provide this service with such great value!
Professor Jay Poole is the Dean at The Wake Institute main campus in Bobcaygeon. With his extensive knowledge in the marine industry, qualification as a WSWO course instructor, certification as a pleasure craft operator instructor, VP of Wakeboarding title on the WSWO board, certification as a wakeboard and wakeskate judge, and his PhD in fun; Jay is more than qualified for his position. Jay's background in the marine industry is the platform for his success in the wakeboard world. Above and beyond his wakeboarding and coaching ability is his knowledge and interest in the marine industry, also making him our head of the mechanical engineering department. Jay's wakeboarding skills have been developed through years of professional training and fine-tuning. His competitive experience and knowledge in wakeboard judging is a continued asset to his students. He is the driving force behind the progression of the Buckeye Team. His breadth of knowledge about everything marine affiliated is a constant influence to the faculty and students alike. This was illustrated by his "top new instructor" honours at the Canadian Water Ski Instructors Course. Being the top new instructor in Canada is nothing compared to Jay's dedication to the development of his qualified teaching team and students. Professor Poole is constantly driving the team and students to new heights.
Professor Ally Boothroyd is the design expert behind Pura Vida Media. Her background is in art and photography, she is a regular contributor to SBC Wakeboard Magazine, and has also had text and photos published in Boarder magazine Australia, Alliance Wakeboard magazine, wake2wake.ca, Blast Wakeskate Magazine, Trailer Boating Magazine and many other related media channels. Ally is the creator, editor and creative designer for throwitdown.com, a very successful all girls wake sports website as well as onwake.com the new online magazine for Ontario water sport athletes. Ally is the 2009 provincial wakeskate champion and national wakeskate champion as well as the provincial advanced wakeboard champion. She is a fully certifed WSWC instructor and judge. She has judged everything from the provincial "the Roots" series to Nationals to Wakestock. She runs the wake park at the Bobcaygeon campus, and spends the rest of her summers teaching TID all girls wakeboard/wakeskate clinics around Ontario and Quebec and competing on the competitive circuit. Ally can't go anywhere without her cameras always looking to make throwitdown.com, onwake.com and thewakeinstitute.com better and more thorough; she can and will capture every ounce of fun in each girls clinic and in the Wake Institute's shred missions. Ally's creativity and enthusiasm for wakeboarding makes her one of the best people to have in the boat for any kind of shredding missions.
Jeremy Eckford is the Dean of the Wake Institute's Ennismore campus. Professor Jeremy, also known as Jer Bear, on top of being an excellent coach, has the real skills to back up his knowledge. He is a nationally ranked competitive wakeboarder who also is an examiner for the Canadian Waterski Instructors Course. He had an extremely sucessful competitive season last year and was our 2009 Wakestock Mens Champion. Jeremy runs our Ennismore location from his dock at the South end of pigeon lake with his top of the line 40th anniversary edition X-Star; he has all the tools to teach any student from a beginner to advanced rider. Jeremy also offers at your dock service with both his own boat or yours. Despite his extreme level of fun, Jeremy means business when it comes to learning. His passion and devotion to the sport bolsters his teaching expertise and makes sure that all his students graduate with top honours.