Lemonade Stand: The Grom Squad
NAME: Dylan Geiger
BUSINESS NAME: The Grom Squad
After eight years involved with paddle sports, Dylan started The Grom Squad at the beginning of 2018 with the goal of getting more kids out on the water paddling. “I wanted to introduce other groms (kids) to the sport so they could learn to enjoy and have fun on the water like me,” he said. “My goal is to show them that paddling is fun, easy to learn, and accessible.”
Wanting to do it “the right way,” Dylan got certified through PaddleFit — one of the most respected instructor certification programs for stand-up paddling. “Using what I learned through PaddleFit, I have a solid methodology and focus on safety, as well as fun,” he said.
With the help of a sponsor and his parents, Dylan purchased several kids-sized boards and paddles. He’s already repaid his parents for the initial loan.
How it works:
The Grom Squad offer three different kinds of lessons: personal (one-on-one), private clinics (group of two to four), and group clinics (five+ kids). Contact Dylan to schedule a time and location that works for you, and he provides the rest.
The Grom Squad has instruction rates far below industry norm and most of the clinics at races/events are done at no charge. “The goal is to get as many kids on the water as possible. I don’t want price to be a barrier to that,” Dylan said. “More kids on the water means less kids inside playing video games or on their phones. It means more kids become active and developing healthy habits for the rest of their life. And it means more kids that are learning to care for our water and environment.”
Dylan works at varying locations, coordinating with local paddle sports businesses such as Paddling Paradise in Palm Bay to host clinics. He also run clinics throughout the state at different paddle races and events. For one-on-one and small-group lessons, he meets where it is most convenient for the parents and/or best conditions for learning.
More about Dylan:
A sophomore at Satellite High School, Dylan competes in paddle sports year round, locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally. “Paddling provides me a full lifestyle. I can be active, competitive, social, and have fun all at the same time. It’s definitely become my passion and I want to share it with other kids!”
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