Our mission is to use the power of online education to help people around the world get on the water, in the field and on the trail faster, easier and safer than ever before.
So far our interactive online courses have helped more than 1 million people get the safety training they need to go boating, hunting, snowmobiling or ATV'ing. And we're just getting started.
Over 95% of our students pass their course on their first try.
When you take one of our courses, you're choosing an interactive way to learn with animations, illustrations, videos and awesome exercises (ever found a shooting range in a textbook? Didn't think so!).
Every page is narrated by a friendly voice who wants you to succeed and our amazing team is always standing by to help.
97% of students would recommend our courses to their friends.
Fresh Air Educators is a team of fun, friendly people who love the great outdoors and helping people enjoy it safely.
Our company was started in 1999 by Larry and Brent McNamee, a Canadian father and son duo with a passion for fishing and hunting, and a vision for making boating safety education more accessible by taking it online.
Today our team includes more than 40 course development and support professionals located across Canada and the United States.
Larry was an avid outdoorsmen, hunter, trapper, fisherman and boater long before establishing a 30-year strategic management career in the public and private sectors. With the co-founding of Fresh Air Educators in 1999, Larry brought together his passion for the outdoors with his leadership experience to drive outdoors safety education to new levels. As President, Larry is our number one outdoors safety advocate and company ambassador.
Brent is not only a keen and accomplished outdoorsman, he’s also a firearms safety, hunter safety, and boating safety instructor. Drawing on that experience, Brent saw the opportunity to make outdoors safety education more accessible through eLearning, and he co-founded Fresh Air Educators with his father. Today, Brent is responsible for overseeing all corporate operations, international business, legal, accounting, strategic planning and human resources.
A quintessential problem solver and people person, Kerry is constantly on the move helping agencies and partners identify new opportunities for online education to open the door to outdoors experience. Kerry has sat on NASBLA’s National Education Standards Panel and spoken at conferences around the world about the power of eLearning to improve boating safety education. He holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and is always the first one in the boat, whether it’s an evening trolling for walleye or a weekend trip of whitewater canoeing.
Part-time world traveller, full-time IT visionary, Alex brings to the table of over 20 + years’ experience in the IT industry as a developer, systems architect and product manager, plus extensive experience in search-engine optimization and web usability. Alex handles all of our technology and systems planning, from ensuring data security to tracking emerging technology trends – including testing mobile technology that allows him to collaborate with our team from halfway around the world.
James is a seasoned software development professional with almost two decades of experience leading the development of enterprise software systems. No wonder he was our go-to guy when it came to building Fresh Air Educator’s proprietary Learning Management System – the engine that drives all of our online courses. In addition to the software side of things, James also oversees the company’s IT infrastructure. Not afraid to wear a white fedora when out on a fishing trip, James’s bold leadership keeps our development team churning out new features that make the online education experience better for all of our customers and clients.
From bass boats to jet skis, wakeboards to stand up paddleboards, Mike Dean knows his way around watercraft. So much so, he’s often called on by the media to talk about boating safety during national awareness campaigns. A safe boating instructor and avid boater with over 25 years of experience, Mike came to BOATERexam.com® in 2007 to lead on-site boating safety certification testing. Today, as Product Manager for BOATERexam.com Canada, Mike works closely with our federal partner Transport Canada, while making sure that the 1.2 million visitors a year to BOATERexam.com have a winning experience. Most recently, Mike was nominated to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Safe Boating Council, promoting safe and responsible boating throughout Canada.
Whether it’s building and launching new online boating safety courses, coordinating online marketing campaigns for National Safe Boating Week, or representing Fresh Air at industry conferences across the U.S., Melanie Lubieniecki tackles every aspect of her role with boatloads of composure and over 6 years of experience in the eLearning industry – no wonder our clients love working with her. A long-time boater turned stand up paddle boarder and graduate of the Women in Power Boating course, Melanie backs up her dynamite project management skills with plenty of hands-on boating experience. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
When you’re building hunter education courses for wildlife agencies across North America, it doesn’t hurt to have been out in the wild as much as Greg Gulliver. Whether it’s tracking moose in the Yukon, flushing turkeys in California, harvesting whitetail in Texas, or heading to South Africa for some really big game, Greg’s hunting experience is only exceeded by his expertise coordinating the development of our industry leading online hunting courses. Greg also has a Masters in International Relations from Bond University.
A former NCAA cross-country runner, Matt Delisle now spends his time running two of Fresh Air Educators’ fastest growing online courses: ATVcourse.com and SNOWMOBILEcourse.com. Matt originally came to Fresh Air as a Customer Service Agent, where knowledge from 15 years as a die-hard angler and his never fail can-do attitude quickly made him a team leader. After growing the Customer Service team, Matt further honed his product knowledge on QA before taking up the reins as Product Manager, where he is steering ATV riders and snowmobilers to safer riding.
Miranda grew up in Northern Ontario, where fishing, hunting and long summers at the cottage are a way of life. Now add an Honours Psychology degree, a major dose of business savvy, years of project management expertise, and endless get up and go, and you have the Product Manager of Fresh Air Educators and our newest offering: customized Outdoor Education courses for virtual high schools. It’s a role that demands a huge breadth of skills, smarts and leadership – which makes Miranda a perfect fit for building this exciting new line of business.
Our online courses can help you get the safety certification you need in over 40 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces.
Just choose your course and then select your location. Most of our courses are "pay-only-when-you-pass" which means you don't have to pay to study and there is no risk to giving them a try.
Fresh Air Educators works with government agencies and school districts across North America to develop groundbreaking online courses that have real impacts on enrollment, completion and retention of students.
We've worked with Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources to build the world's first virtual hunting field day. We've worked with the Florida Virtual School to develop an online outdoor education class for high school credit. We can help you too!
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Fresh Air Educators is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario—Canada's beautiful national capital.
The Ottawa area is home to 1.3 million people, a thriving high tech industry, and more culture than you can shake a stick at. But it's also only a hop, skip and a jump away from rivers, lakes, forests, and national parks (just check out that map). Say hello to some serious after work outdoors fun!
We're also proud to have team members located right across North America, from Colorado to Florida, and we're always thrilled when they come to visit. And you're welcome to pop by anytime too!