George Paul Scheppler (Schep), TSAC-F is the founder of the Coastal Athlete Program & Apex Predator Athletics. Schep grew up spending his summers in the Town Of Barnstable Recreation Department swimming, sailing, and lifeguarding with his family and friends. He swam a variety of events competitively into his college years, even diving for Providence College for one season, but was a self-described beach bum with a snowboarding problem.
George Paul Scheppler decided to enlist in 2009 in the Navy where he served as a Surface Search and Rescue Swimmer, VBSS Breacher/Medic, Master Helmsman, and as a Training Team Leader. He deployed to the South China Sea and the Persian Gulf during his enlistment.
Since leaving the Navy Schep has founded CAP & APA, earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, and raised over $10,000 for disabled veterans charities. He currently instructs CAP Classes, WSSD, provides personal training, and hosts The Coastal Athlete Program Podcast.
B.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science
United States Navy
Sport Coaching Experience
“Living next to the country’s largest underwater natural preserve comes with a great deal of benefits and a great deal of hazards. Recently everyone on land was reminded of this when a shark attacked a small craft moving along the coastline. The shark struck the kayak outside the kelp fields which dislodged the occupant and sent them into the water. After the initial strike the shark departed and made no attempt to engage the swimmer in the water.
White sharks and the hazards they can potentially introduce are a reality of life for anyone who enters their waters here in Monterey Bay. We live in the Red Triangle where some of the largest White sharks in the world come to feed and fatten up. To think that we may enter with impunity into a world where we are not at the top of the food chain is idealistic and dangerous. We know and accept these risks every time we leave the shore.
We swim in our offshore class as a pod for a reason, and we must draw from the core values of strength, honor, and discipline to keep our heart rates steady in the face of danger. At its core, that’s what this class is all about. Yes, it makes you fitter and more experienced in the water. But on a much deeper level it is preparing you to face a lifetime of White Sharks circling just outside your peripheral view, to resist that gnawing sense of impending doom.”
George Paul Scheppler, TSAC-F