Press & Awards

American Red Cross Top Training Provider 2017, 2018 and 2019


2017 Samsung Litter Abatement Award – The Expedition School

The Expedition School’s philosophy includes commitment to sustainability, involvement in local community, and positive impacts on the environment. It’s no wonder that they have been committed partners in Keep Austin Beautiful’s Clean Lady Bird Lake program for over seven years. Their thoughtful instructors have been wonderfully accommodating as new and experienced paddlers alike visit their site for the Saturday morning cleanups. Their patient instruction encourages volunteers as they jump into boats and on standup paddle boards, some for the very first time. In just the past year, they have helped remove more than 1000 pounds of litter from Lady Bird Lake and engaged hundreds of volunteers. Beyond their commitment to litter abatement, they have also worked with Keep Austin Beautiful’s Green Teens to create unique and memorable experiences on the water. The Green Teens are able to learn proper technique and safety while having a joyful afternoon on the lake. Kimery Duda, Kerstin Wiggins, and the entire team at The Expedition School are committed to keeping Lady Bird Lake and all of Austin a clean and beautiful place to enjoy for years to come. Keep Austin Beautiful is ecstatic to award our partners with the Litter Abatement award.


Austin American Statesman: Fit City

LeBlanc, Pam. “Surfers Up on Lady Bird Lake”. The Austin American Statesman. 20 October 2008: E1, E3.


Austin Chronicle Green Issue

Messer, Kate. “Guiding With Porpoise”. The Austin Chronicle.25 May 2007: Vol 26 No. 38.

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Austin American Statesman: Fit City

LeBlanc, Pam. “Expedition School Founder Stays Fit Through Travel”. The Austin American Statesman. 12 May 2008: E1, E3.


NBC. KXAN. News Austin. 

Lee, Mary. Interview. The Expedition School. NBC. KXAN, Austin. 31 January 2010


The Houston Chronicle: Travel Texas

Finan, Kristin. “Eight New Things in Austin”. The Houston Chronicle. 16 September, 2009

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Texas Highways

Gaskill, Melissa. “Waveriders: Essentials”

Waveriders: Ocean Motion on Texas’ Coast

Kimery Duda, Founder and Executive Director of the Expedition School, has a passion for all things outdoors. Near the top of the list is surfing, a sport which she is eager to share with everyone, from complete novices to fellow aficionados. In this month’s issue of Texas Highways travel magazine, Kimery shares her knowledge of both surfing in general and the Texas beaches she frequents.


Texas Surf Museum

Schlegel, Erich. Kimery Duda. Inland Texas Surfers Portrait Project: Photography Exhibit.

Texas. 17 November 2007.


Stoked. 

Dir. Laura Garcia. University of Texas at Austin Film. 2008.