Meet our Instructors!! We have a broad range of experience on our team so that we can assist paddlers of all skill levels. We want first timers to have a fantastic first glide experience. We are also ready to take you to the next level if you are want to go there. We offer intermediate and advanced lessons. We welcome groups and can accommodate individual training - even race preparation.
Rob Bennett is the owner and spirit behind My Aloha. He is a WPA and LEVEL 2 PaddleFit Certified Paddleboard Instructor. Rob made the choice to leave corporate world to pursue his passion with SUP. For years Rob spent time in Hawaii where his love affair with Stand Up Paddleboarding began. His entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to take a passion and turn it into a business. He is strong supporter of the LKN community and is active in raising funds for organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Keeplkngreen.org is a project that Rob is continuously developing as part of his vision to protect and preserve our beautiful Lake Norman. Stand UP Paddleboarding is much more than just a sport to Rob, it is a way of life. His goal now is to surround himself with a like minded team who can support these efforts and share their paddleboarding expertise with you!
Shane Diggs is aWPA- PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor and Coach. He was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an outdoors enthusiast who likes to volunteer some of his time to groups such as The Humane Society and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. The first time he tried SUP was in a beginners class in 2011. He’s been addicted ever since. He became involved the My Aloha team in July 2012 to help others learn about the sport he’s come to love so much. He’s outgoing and loves to meet new people. His passions for SUP and people, combined with his patient teaching skills will ensure you have a great time on the water.
Dana Slagle -- PaddleFit Instructor - Group and Individual Training
Dana is a WPA - PaddleFit LEVEL 3 Certified Paddleboard Instructor. She is also one of one of the first PaddleFit Affiliates in North America. Dana is the Director of the Paddle Fitness Program for My Aloha and is a true water enthusiast. She specializes in advanced Paddleboard training and PaddleFit Group classes. Dana is excited to offer individualized private PaddleFit Coaching. In addition to SUP she has completed three marathons, several half marathons and two sprint triathlons. Her passion for adventure motivated her to start her own fitness and adventure blog www.whatsupwithdana.com which she hopes will inspire others to experience new things like Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Jackie Hartley - Paddle Fusion Instructor
I'd like to introduce one of our Paddle Fusion instructors, Jackie Hartley! Jackie is a WPA-PaddleFit Level 2 Certified Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor. She is an avid paddleboarder and runner. She has completed numerous marathons, half marathons and adventure races. She even organized a race on the Great Wall of China and took a group of her students there to participate. As an educator she is a perfect fit for teaching Paddle Fusion. Her energy, enthusiasm and excitement for SUP is contagious.
Robin Wolter - Fitness Instructor
We are excited to have Robin Wolter on our team of instructors. She has 14 years of experience in the Fitness industry as a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She holds certifications through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and also maintains a CPR/AED certification. Robin is eager to apply her experience and passion for fitness to Stand Up Paddleboarding. Her goal is to motivate you to live a happy and healthier life!
Mike Melvin - All Lakes
Mike Melvin is a Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor first, entertainer – second! If you want to have a blast on the water just take a lesson from Mike. He has a very diverse background. He is an Ex-Race Car driver, life guard, surfer and sailor! Mike is a competitive paddleboarder who has even completed the Key West Paddle Classic – 12 miler. He has paddled all over the world including in the canals of Venice, Italy. Mike has been involved in introducing hundreds of people to SUP
Kelly Anderson - Lake Norman
Kelly is a WPA - LEVEL 2 PaddleFit Certified Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor. In addition to paddle boarding, Kelly enjoys kayaking, sculling, boating and jet skiing. She is also an avid bicyclist and motorcyclist and enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities. Kelly is a people person and a natural teacher. She offers Stand UP Paddleboard lessons for all ages. Kelly also loves to travel and is always up for trying something new and exciting. When you to out on the water with Kelly, you are assured of a memorable experience.
Monica Young - Lake Wylie
Monica Young is a My Aloha Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor with 20 yrs of experience in the fitness industry. Her focus is on weight loss and overall athletic performance. She fell in love with SUP in Jamaica while on her honeymoon. Teaching SUP is one of the ways Monica fulfills her personal and professional mission…to educate, inspire and motivate others to live happier and healthier lives!
Ernie Eller - Lake Norman
Ernie joined the My Aloha team in 2012. As a former Myrtle Beach Lifeguard......Ernie has always had a love for the water. Not only will you find Ernie Stand-up Paddle Boarding on Lake Norman, but also Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing and Boating. Ernie also is a huge fan of surfing and spends a lot of time along the Carolina Coast Stand-Up-Paddle Surfing and Prone Surfing. Besides watersports, Ernie is an avid runner and runs a number of 5k and 10k's a year including the annual Cooper Bridge run in Charleston SC. Ernie is also a communications major and works part-time in radio as a DJ while also DJing weddings and parties of any kind!