Meet John

John Chase (photo credit: Brenda Korneder)

John Chase (photo credit: Brenda Korneder)

John Chase

I’m a paddler just like you.

I enjoy being on the water and making every outing an experience. I attended Canoecopia in 2012 and was inspired by the people I saw and met at the show. I saw a lot of people very passionate about enjoying the outdoors. What scared me was that I also found many of those people to be terribly unfit and unprepared to participate in the adventures they so wanted to experience.

This website is dedicated to helping you become a better paddler through improved fitness. You’ll find articles, videos, and tips to help improve your endurance, strength, flexibility, agility, balance, and power.

I am an ACA Level 3 coastal kayak and Level 2 river kayak instructor.  I have been a featured presenter at Canoecopia and an instructor at Rutabaga’s Door County Sea Kayak Symposium (a fantastic event!).  I am the General Manager and lead instructor for Naperville Kayak.  I also lead group kayaking classes and trips for Geneva Kayak Center and  The Kayakers in the Fox Valley area.  Come join me on a class with any of these fine providers for a fun day on the water and improve your skills, and your fitness.

I am also the Training Coordinator for the Prairie State Canoeists. Our team of ACA certified instructors organizes canoe and kayak classes to help new and advancing paddlers develop the skills to be safe and enjoy time on the water.

I train clients in person at the Bolingbrook Park District’s Lifestyles Fitness Center. I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer. As a trainer, I focus on providing personal attention to each client and developing effective programs to keep you motivated and enjoying the fitness experience.


  • ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • ACA Level 2 River Kayak Instructor
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Trainer certified
  • Medic First Aid CPR/AED Instructor
  • DotFIT Certified Fitness Professional


  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Adventure racing
  • Road and mountain biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Orienteering

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