River Riders Employee Highlight
The Guide Life: Behind the Thrills with Ian Snyers
Recently we’ve been happily overwhelmed (and super stoked!) by all the positive reviews we have had online concerning our guests’ experience while here at River Riders. Thank you all for lovin’ on us a little online! Our goal is to provide you with a safe, fun and totally positive experience, so it makes us happy to know we’ve done just that.
And that brings us to the point of this article…our employee highlight.
Our employee for this month’s highlight won’t be found out on the river or up in the trees when you visit (at least not most of the time). But that’s because he’s the one behind the scenes making sure your experience is safe, fun and positive!
And according to your feedback, Ian Snyers - our Sales and Service Shift Supervisor - is doing his job well!
Ian has been with River Riders for 3 years now, and started his love with adventure years ago by kayaking the Shenandoah and racing motocross.
Question: How did you get into the guiding/adventure related industry?
Answer: “By having a drive and getting out and doing it! Nothing is more enjoyable than some time on the water. It’s always fun to have new adrenaline-based experiences!”
We agree, Ian! Your drive and adventurous spirit bring a lot to our River Riders team.
Question: What’s the first memory you have of an adrenaline rush when you were a child?
Answer: “The first time I ever rode a dirt bike when I was just 8 years old, it was my birthday and that was my birthday present.”
Awesome birthday present! Your parents sound great…and maybe just as crazy as you!
Question: What’s the absolute craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Answer: “When I first started racing motocross, I wasn't quite sure how fast I could go. So I would end up over-jumping many jumps on the track and breaking a lot of handlebars. I went through at least 10 different handlebars within the first couple of years.”
Wow…that’s a minor expense - new handlebars every other month…Seriously, you have some pretty epic parents.
Question: Most awkward moment on the river. Go…
Answer: “First time I ever did the White Water Kayaking, I flipped on the very first rapid. For some reason, I always seem to flip on the first rapid.”
If you’re going to flip, might as well get it over with! Then you can enjoy the rest of the trip regardless of whether you stay right-side-up.
Question: What would you say to someone that wants adventure but doesn’t know how to make the time for it?
Answer: “Think of an adventure like a great escape. You get to spend great moments with friends and family that will last a lifetime.”
Love this! Work can wait. The ‘lifetime moments’ need to happen now.
Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Answer: “Yogurt and a bagel - easy food to grab on the go!”
We hear ya! When there’s so much adventure awaiting you every morning, who has time to sit down for breakfast?
Question: How do you relax?
Answer: “My relaxation time comes from spending time camping or spending time in a kayak. Nothing is more relaxing than spending some hours cruising down the Potomac/Shenandoah in a nice kayak, especially after the sun goes down!”
We like your style. Sunset kayaking is the best.
Question: What’s an adventure or destination on your bucket list?
Answer: “I’ve wanted to go to the Grand Canyon for a while. My parents recently moved out to Arizona and when I go to visit in December, I’m very excited to see that with my own eyes!”
Excited for you…Enjoy the view and tag us with your pics (and maybe snag a trip down the Colorado River while you’re there)!
We’re grateful for all that Ian brings to our team. While he may not be the guide you have while on the river or up in the trees, he can be given much of the credit for an awesome adventure experience.
Thank you, Ian, for sticking with us and giving your all to our company and our guests.