Thomas Mebane

Field Instructor — WFR

Thomas Mebane, who joined our staff here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) as an Instructor in June of 2016, can best be described as a wilderness thrill seeker who’s tempered by the best practices associated with wilderness risk management. His passion for adventurous pursuits is clearly reflected in how he spends his time. When he’s not scaling a sheer rock cliff or icy slope or barreling down whitewater rapids in a raft, he’s riding atop the crest of an ocean wave on a surfboard or speeding down the side of a mountain on a bike.

And he certainly has the education, certifications, and real world experience to train and lead others as they explore and engage in wilderness. Prior to joining NCOAE, Thomas spent a summer as a counselor at Pennsylvania’s Camp Weequahic where he helped campers navigate the climbing wall and ropes course, taught alternate ways to start campfires, cooked fun campfire meals, led them on nature hikes, and took them mountain biking. As an Outdoor Education Intern at the Outdoor Recreation Program at Colorado Northwestern Community College, he assisted with building and maintaining a 50-foot ice-climbing tower, helped teach an ice-climbing course, and developed programs for rock and ice climbing. And, as an Intern for Fort Carson Adventure Programs and Education, he guided military personnel and their families on white water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking excursions; led them through low and high ropes courses; and taught belay courses for the climbing walls on base. Over his summer “breaks,” he worked as a surfing instructor for the Tony Silvagni surf school, and he’s currently also working as a climbing instructor at the Wilmington Rock Gym, teaching belay classes, welcoming new clientele, and promoting the gym.

Born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Thomas grew up camping and canoeing with fellow Boy Scouts and fishing with family. He was a member of the swim and tennis teams throughout his four years of high school, after which he moved to the coast to attend the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. In 2015, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sports Leadership, and Tourism. He is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and a certified AHRA White Water Raft Guide with Swift-Water Rescue Level 3 certification.


Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sports Leadership, and Tourism
University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
  • AHRA White Water Raft Guide
  • Swift-Water Rescue Level 3

Field Instructor — WFR

Field Instructor — WFR

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