Climbing

Coaches
Dan Norman
Josie Olszewski
Dewi Griffiths

This course is designed for athletes of all ages who want to learn more about climbing as both an indoor and outdoor sport and pursue climbing as a lifelong passion. There will be technique and movement lessons, as well as opportunities to improve your endurance, strength, knowledge and mental fitness. Participants will learn the basics of top rope and lead climbing and bouldering. Skills and techniques will be introduced that will help athletes prepare for the outdoor climbing season. There will be an opportunity for those who have the skill and knowledge to take their Climbing Gym Instructor Certification.

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Dan Norman

Dan Norman

B.Ed. (Ottawa), B.Sc. (Western) Mathematics, Outdoor Pursuits

Dan Norman was born and raised in Toronto, but quickly left. He studied mathematics at the University of Western Ontario and education at the University of Ottawa. During this time, he trained and competed in the sport of whitewater canoe slalom, first qualifying for the Canadian national team in 1988. In 1992, he represented Canada at the Barcelona Olympics. His involvement in competitive kayaking brought him to British Columbia and his interest in the outdoors became a cornerstone of his personal and professional life. Since 2001, in addition to mathematics, Mr. Norman has taught the Outdoor Pursuits programme at Brentwood College since 2001. His passion for the West Coast environment drives him to take students to beautiful places all over Vancouver Island. His preferred modes of transportation are human-powered and include sea kayaks, canoes, and hiking boots. Mr. Norman likes very few things more than goofing around in paddle powered boats – canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. His current challenges include developing and delivering outdoor and experiential education at Brentwood and finding ways to teach math outside the classroom. In his leisure, he and his family spend as much time as possible in remote wilderness locations, and work hard to minimize their footprint on this beautiful island they call home.

Josie Olszewski

B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc. (SFU), Physics, Science, Outdoor Pursuits

Josie Olszewski grew up in northern British Columbia before venturing to Montreal to attend McGill University for her undergraduate degree in Science with a major in physics. Her interest in experimental science and medicine led her to working with the Noble Gas Imaging Group on a project that worked on imaging human lungs with MRI techniques where she obtained her Master of Science. Armed with a passion for learning and a genuine interest in working with students, Josie arrived at Brentwood more than 10 years ago ready to teach. A highly qualified and respected physics teacher at Brentwood, she has also delivered high quality outdoor education to students. Josie has certifications in wilderness first aid, as a top-rope and indoor climbing instructor (ACMG), and she has extensive experience hiking, cycling and kayaking. Jose has a passion for experimental science and learning by doing, and implements both into her classroom. Her friendly presence and dedication to her students have been a major contributors to her success at the School.

Dewi Griffiths

B.Sc. (University of Durham, U.K.)

Dewi Griffiths grew up in Abergwyngregyn, a small village in the heart of Snowdonia that served as the principal residence of the Welsh Princes of old. It is little wonder that he maintains a strong pride in his ancestral heritage and sprinkles the school year with Welsh influences. His early education was at Friars School, established during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1557. It was here that he was first introduced to computers and rugby. He continued to study these at Durham University, where he gained a B.Sc., majoring in applied physics, electronics, and computing - and rugby. Working for Ferranti Computer Systems and then Smiths Industries, he went on rugby tour to Canada, and decided to relocate to Victoria, B.C. There, he joined a small software company manufacturing Geographic Information Systems and then became a senior systems specialist for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In 1998, Mr. Griffiths moved to Brentwood to coach, teach IT, and run the computer network. He lives in Mill Bay with his wife, Bonnie, and three children. When not glaring at a computer screen, he likes to fish, play rugby, hike, read, play the bass guitar for the staff band, and organize social events. He is uniquely able to correctly pronounce the placename, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

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