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Summary of Experience

A few places I have lived and worked include - Maldives North Male Atolls aboard yacht charter Ocean Divine, Surf Instructor for the Hawaiian Lifeguards in Kona Hawaii, running water activities and live music for the eco resort Maho Bay on St. John - U.S. Caribbean. Lead surf/Kayak/SUP guide for LaVida Laguna for the past 6 years. La Vida Laguna is one of the premier outdoor adventure and group activities companies in Southern California. Familiarity w/ running private surf camps/schools.

Employment Preferences

500 To: 1,000 USD Per Month
Newport Beach, CA, United States
Full Time
Hospitality & Tourism

Surfing Experience


Work History

Job Title Company When?
Lead Surf Guide LaVida Laguna From January 2013 To Current
o whom it may concern,

Derek Thomas has been one of our lead guides for La Vida Laguna these past five years. He brings over 25 years of ocean activity experience to our team as well as an instructor/coach certification from internationally recognized NSSIA. Derek has an infectious energy and uncanny way of making our clients feel comfortable, focusing on both their safety and enjoyment. His passion for surfing, decades of experience and ability to connect with our client young and old set him apart from our other surf instructor.

In addition to his instructional expertise, Derek has a keen understanding of our business and regularly offers valuable insight to increase our professionalism guest safety.

Thank You,

Doug Oyen
Chief Adventure Officer
La Vida Laguna
[email protected]
O. 949.275.7544
Lead Surf Guide Yacht Charter Ocean Divine From April 2017 To June 2017
Being a surf guide on an exclusive yacht charter with occasional various groups with high expectation on the same boat can be very challenging and demanding.
Everything from organizing daily activities and guest relations to safety briefings, assessing client surf levels bringing them to the various surf breaks and most of all doing it all with a smile and sincerity that says you care about the guests experience.
Derek Thomas was the main point of contact for our clients from airport pick up to drop off. He held the position of Surf Guide on Ocean Divine for the Summer months of 2017.
Some adjectives to describe his demeanor are friendly, generous, educated and organized. Derek also performed music a few nights a week for the guests on our top deck lounge. Singing and playing with his acoustic guitar and harmonica he added something to the experience that was very special and fun.
We wish him success in his future endeavours.
Gaƫlle Mesnard Operation Manager Ocean Divine Safari Boat
owner, trainer, teacher Derek Thomas Music/Surf School From July 2007 To February 2012
I started a local music/surf school that was quite successful. I created the curriculum, hired a few staff members, taught and managed the scheduling.
Surf Instuctor Hawaiian Lifeguard Surf Inst From June 2005 To March 2006
Greeting guests and giving them a personalized surfing experience they'll never forget.


Qualification Field of Study Institution When?
Surf Instructor and Coach CPR/First Aid/Etiquette/ Buss. NSSIA From 2016 To 2017

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