Grand Canyon Outtasight Safety Boater
Jeff Vannoy is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees and has been a volunteer with the Johnson City TRR chapter since 2012. Jeff is an ACA level 4 whitewater instructor and has training in basic and advanced swiftwater rescue. Jeff has provided training and safety for TRR groups on local, regional, and national trips. He is currently in transition into the role of Johnson City chapter co-coordinator.
Jeff's thoughts on the trip!
I have always loved the outdoors but never tried kayaking until later in life. When I discovered this sport 6 years ago I fell in love with it and the places it took me. Now, working with TRR, I am fortunate to be able to share that love with some of our veterans, many of whom are struggling after sacrificing so much for others. When I first saw the Grand Canyon from the rim 15 years ago, I was overwhelmed by its grandeur. I vividly recall the yearning to explore it and always thought that one day I would be able to get back there and hike down into the canyon. I didn’t know that that tiny thread of a river I saw from the rim was actually a massive river of pristine beauty and crashing whitewater. I never imagined that I would one day get to kayak it. I am honored, blessed, and proud to be part of this trip with such an amazing group of people.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir.