The Summer Water Sports Team
Summer Water Sports isn’t a job… It’s a lifestyle. Meet the core members of the SWS team, working hard all year round to keep SWS at the top of its game.
Geordie started working for Summer Water Sports in 2001 and worked his way to the top. He purchased the company in 2006 and is now the director. During Geordie’s first 5 years with Summer Water Sports he worked in almost every role, making him the right guy to run the company. Geordie graduated from the University of Guelph in 2006. He now lives full time in Port Carling, where he is a member of the Port Carling Fire Department and father of two boys. Geordie loves all aspects of water skiing. When he’s not on the water he enjoys downhill skiing, curling, playing hockey and running.
Charlie has been working at Summer Water Sports for the past 13 years; he was 15 years old when he first started at SWS on the docks of Clevelands House. From then on water skiing has been his life. Charlie has spent the last 9 years traveling the globe performing in professional water ski shows in Malaysia, India, China, Turkmenistan, USA & Australia. He spends most of the Canadian winter in Australia. During the Canadian summers, Charlie is a certified Flyboard instructor and the show director at Summer Water Sports and the Canadian National Water Ski Show Team. Charlie was a standout skier and director for the first ever Canadian National Show Ski Team that competed at the World Show Skiing Tournament in Janesville, Wisconsin in September 2012, placing 3rd. At Muskoka Fest 2013 Charlie was crowned the first barefoot figure 8 champion.
Geoff first came to Summer Water Sports in the summer of 2006. He had spent the previous six summers working at a children’s residential camp. A native of Mississauga, Geoff is a graduate of Fanshawe College where he studied Recreation and Leisure Services. Geoff spent 2013 & 2014 winters in China doing Flyboard proformances for thousand of spectators. You may recognize Geoff as the wonderful announcer of our ski shows. Geoff looks forward to entertaining you all summer long!
Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Steve has been our waterfront director at Clevelands House since 2008. He has also evolved into one of Canada’s top show drivers and was recently added to the 2012 National Ski Show Team. Along with his many years of teaching skiing to adults and children with SWS, he is also an examiner for the waterski/wakeboard instructors course. Steve spends his winters building world cup snowboard venues and terrain parks all across Canada. You may have seen some of his handy work while watching ski and snowboard events at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ryan is our Service Manager at SWS Marina, he started with us during our busy summarization season in 2014. He has quickly become an integral part of the daily operations of SWS Marina. Growing up in Brantford, and learning his mechanical background from working at his Father’s shop, Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge to our service department. He graduated from Mohawk College and is a Licensed Interprovincial Automotive Technician, Certified Ilmor Technician, and Certified Mastercraft Technician. When Ryan is not busy working on boats, he enjoys life in Rosseau with his wife Jill and their two boys Brycen and Braxton. You can often find Ryan on a Saturday riding dirt bikes up and down the road amusing his kids and dogs all day long.
Val has been apart of Summer Water Sports since 2006, but only became an official employee in 2014, after finishing a year of maternity leave with her and Geordie’s first child, Riley. Val works at SWS Marina, managing the boathouse store, looking after all the ordering, receiving and merchandising; as well as managing our social media and website. As a Muskoka local, Val has a born love for the area and enjoys every season and activity that Muskoka has to offer. Geordie, Val, Riley and Deacon live on Brandy Lake in Port Carling and enjoy their nightly skis on the calm water – at least when the ski shows don’t consume their evenings.
Lisa has been with Summer Water Sports since 2013. She is everyone’s Mom and assistant! She stumbled upon our company when she was looking to get out of the city and move to Muskoka and hasn’t looked back since. With a Bachelor of Art from Laurier University and many months of travelling across 4 continents she brings a wealth of knowledge to her desk. Lisa primarily works as the Administrative Assistant at SWS Marina, but also has many responsibilities throughout the company.