Gillian is a Massachusetts native who developed a love for the ocean while lifeguarding on Cape Cod. After graduating from college, Gillian worked as a lifeguard in New Zealand, and then moved to San Diego to share her passion for standup paddle boarding and yoga through Paddle Into Fitness. Gillian started Paddle Into Fitness to offer SUP Yoga certifications around the country, providing Yoga Alliance continuing education credits and water safety training for yoga instructors.
When Gillian isn’t busy teaching, she can be found competing in some of the sport’s most high profile events. Gillian placed first in the Waikiki Quiksilver Festival in the SUP Survivor Race and the Water woman Race, and also competed as a member of Team USA during the ISA World Championships in Peru. She also shows her philanthropic side when she annually paddles 36 miles across the Cape Cod Bay to raise money for the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Gillian has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Yoga for Surfer’s and Core Power Yoga certification, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has a decade of lifeguarding experience and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and Water Safety Instructor. Gillian is sponsored by Roxy, Ocean Minded, and 404.