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Play Harder Adventures provides adventure instruction and consultation. We work out of Salt Lake City Utah and Northeast Ohio and teach all over the world, providing education and opportunity for others and for those who might not normally have access to paddle sports.

We offer instruction in kayak and stand up paddle boarding as well as rock and ice climbing.  With over 30 years of retail and education experience in the outdoor industry, at Play Harder Adventures we Work Hard and Play Harder.  All of our instructors carry national certifications from the ACA and AMGA.  We hope to inspire and empower people to take a new adventure and we hope that you can join us on that journey.     


Marsita MacDonald

  • ACA Kayak Instructor

  • Tri-athlete, mountain biker, rock & ice climber

  • Vegan athlete & blogger

John MacDonald

  • ACA Kayak L1 Intro and L2 River Instructor Trainer

  • ACA Adaptive Paddling Instructor Trainer Educator

  • Rock & ice climber, mountain biker, adventure education/access consultant

Larry Gioia

  • Dynamic Paddlers - Founder

  • ACA Kayak L3 Instructor

  • ACA Adaptive Paddling Instructor Trainer 


  • Emotional support

  • Rescue dog 


Remy & Lily 

  • SUP Pups in training

  • Emotional support

  • Rescue dogs 


Giving Back
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