Clarke, David
Outdoor Programs Director, Spanish Teacher

Education: B.A. from Appalachian State University (Recreation Management)

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, ACA Level 4 Canoe and Kayak Instructor, NAUI Safe Buddy.

More About David: David Clarke has been with the French Broad River Academy team since 2010. Before coming to FBRA, he worked in Costa Rica and Ecuador as a canoe instructor and safety kayaker. David has guided a raft on a 25-day Grand Canyon trip as well as worked on the Kern River in California raft guiding and instructing kayak lessons. David spent multiple summers in South America furthering his Spanish proficiency and immersing himself in Latin American culture.  This included a kayaking trip down the two deepest canyons in the world. David worked at Camp Mondamin for six summers, with job titles including several summers as head of the Mondamin paddling program. 

David has been raising his daughters Olive and Ivy to become bilingual by only speaking Spanish to them. 

Spanish, whitewater paddling, and the opportunity to teach young people  have been important throughout David’s life, and he is excited to share all of these skills at French Broad River Academy.