I have officially been teaching since early winter 2016 but off the books, I have been teaching friends, family and my kids for years. I would guess that I have taught hundreds at this point.
I have ridden most any kind of "board" since I could find any of them. You know a few I'm sure; Surfing, Skate boarding, Snow boarding, Wake boarding, Skim Boarding, Wake Skate, etc. You get the picture. Everyone is different and each experience we have will always be unique. Everyone that can swim can enjoy surfing and stand up paddle boarding as long as you keep it simple and start with basics first. My philosophy is that everyone is different and should be taught as individuals even within groups. I keep things simple but make sure to cover the fundamentals of surfing and stand up paddle boarding, safety, and what to look for and to be aware of when around or on all types of water and to consider all types of conditions.
I have my level 1 ACA certification, hope to have level 3 by early 2017.