The SWAT Team

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James Shoffeitt, CADC-II, Founder

Surf Instructor/ Group Facilitator

Serene Waters Adventure Therapy was founded in 2016 By James Shoffeitt in Orange County California.  James has a deep passion for helping guide men and women of all ages to discovering their own internal peace, sense of serenity, & character strengths. He has been clean and sober since 2008, and has been counseling since 2011.  James learned to surf at age 7, and rekindled his relationship with the ocean in 2009. He is an avid waterman and loves to spend time with his family, hike, and camp He started practicing surf therapy in 2014 at a local substance abuse program. From there he founded Serene Waters Adventure Therapy specifically to promote happiness & serenity, and help others open up in an alternative therapeutic environment.

Samantha Surf Instructor  (Orange County surf therapy)

Samantha Thek

Surf Instructor/Assistant Group Facilitator 

Samantha is a California local & U.S. Air Force Veteran. She has been clean and sober for 6 years and loves working with others in the ocean. When she is not instructing with Serene Waters she is teaching at O.C.C. or spending time with her dogs. She loves dogs more than people! In fact she is the primary dog handler for our pet therapy sessions we offer.


Lindsay Law, RADT-1 

Surf Instructor/Assistant Group Facilitator 

Lindsay started surfing when she moved to Orange County at the age of 12.  She absolutely fell in love with the sport and has been passionate about it ever since.  Learning at Huntington Beach, she picked it up very quickly and enjoys short boarding, long boarding, and body boarding.  Over the years she has come to rally enjoy the slower and easier island lifestyle, so on any given weekend you will probably find her long boarding at Doheny. As a huge lover of the water, the ocean has been a great source of healing and peace for her in her life, and on her spiritual journey, and she is passionate about teaching and helping others find this serenity as well. When she’s not surfing or teaching you might find her playing ukulele at the beach or performing sound and energy healing for those in need.

Courtney Knapp

Surf Instructor/Assistant Group Facilitator 

Courtney grew up in So Cal about 2 hours away from the coast. Her first memories of the ocean span back to when she was just 2 years old.  She remembers laughing hysterically as her dad would throw her in the air, and catch her in the rolling surf. She dreamed of learning to surf as a kid and teen. Finally as an adult. her dream came to fruition when she moved to the coast and took up the sport. She loves spreading the joy and  healing power of the ocean  with people of all ages. and is an avid long boarder, ocean swimmer and stand up paddler.

Serene Waters Surf Therapy

Felipe Bascope, RADT-1 

Surf Instructor/Assistant Group Facilitator

Felipe Bascope has been surfing for over 40 years, and sober for over a decade. His salt water passion has taken him on surf travels to Fiji, Peru, Hawaii, throughout Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador. He is on the currently competing with the Huntington Beach Long Board team and on their Board of Directors. He is a Certified Disabled Surf Instructor and a card carrying member of Red Cross First Aid and CPR as well as Narcan/Naloxone/Opiod Overdose Response Certified. Felipe is also CCAPP certified for HIPPA, Confidentiality, Ethics and Boundaries and Udemy certified in DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing. Felipe taught at the prestigious Art Center College of Design for over 20 years so mentoring goes without saying.Felipe’s dedicated sobriety has engaged him to leave a lucrative career in advertising and become a Certified Recovery Coach/Mentor/Companion, and Interventionist. When he is not working with clients hurting from drugs, alcohol and mental health, you will certainly find him in the ocean.

Why We Do It

We have chosen to do this because we want all people to find more than just a existence on this planet, but a life filled with peace, serenity, and joy. We would like be a vessel for people to add to their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  We are all about the simple things in life and want to teach others through our experience. We want to help change the vibe of the recovery community through assisting others in becoming more radiant, calm, & peaceful people  through personal exploration, mindfulness, and new experiences.

Our mission at Serene Waters is simple and founded on there basic principles:

Passion- We believe in sharing our passion and joy for the ocean with others.

Bliss- We love to help others rekindle and find their joys in life.

Commitment-  We strive to help others by committing ourselves to this work.