Jason Sugar, Founder
I’m a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Responder Instructor, and professional Breakthrough Coach.
I believe “Joy is the point!”—and that greater personal power, freedom and joy are possible for each one of us when we break through our fears. I believe we have within us the power to create joy anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstances!
I credit this for the personal power, freedom and joy I experience—as an individual, entrepreneur, and member of my community.
Some More Background:
- SCUBA Program Director, State YMCA of Michigan: teach scuba diving to boys 9 — 15 years old during their summer camp program.
“The 2012 summer season has seen a total turn-around of our SCUBA program. A program that had tremendous potential but nevertheless had been an annual money loser, transformed this year under the expert leadership of Jason Sugar. It is Jason’s calm, careful, organized and persistent leadership that has allowed this program to flourish this year both spiritually and financially.
Jason comes to us from his background with Breakthrough Adventures. With this set of life skills, is able to understand where each camper/counsellor is “coming from” and effectively teach at their level. He is very kind to absolutely everyone and his smile is infectious. Jason developed great relationships with campers and staff, and was able to have fun while being a great teacher.”
Dave Martin, CEO
- Master Scuba Diver Trainer: taught at Utila Dive Centre, Bay Islands of Honduras (voted best PADI IDC worldwide, 2010, 2011)
“…all our students and divers were delighted with the training and handling they received from Jason.
I found Jason to be a most able and excellent dive professional who was punctual, efficient, courteous, hardworking and reliable. He has an excellent understanding of the dive industry and great people skills, one of the strongest intangible assets a dive professional can possess, and is an outstanding scuba Instructor.”
Andy Phillips, Platinum Course Director
- Producer: sold-out Conversations With Willie—a transformational theatre experience—at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver (in which I made my debut performance).
“I loved it! Thank-you for bringing this subject to the public!!!”
“Last night I realized how much pressure I put on my girlfriend when It came to sex and how she looked. Sex is part of loving someone but I can see there’s much more to relationships.”
“The performance, and the discussion that followed, was bold and inspiring.”
“I was able to reflect on my own self-love and better understand how some men navigate sex and love.”
“I really enjoyed this show. It was a wonderful way to demonstrate what every man and woman goes through. Definitely recommend it and will come back for more!”
“Very unique and personal experience. More than just entertainment, it was an experiential exploration of identity, meaning and connection.”
“Fabulous. Willie rocks!”
- Triathlete: completed two triathlons in Hawaii with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, raising $15K in the process.
“Relentless from the start, Team In Training participants are FOCUSED on raising as much money as they can to make a difference for cancer patients and their families. Only The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) has trained over a half a million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers, and raised over $1.2 billion to fund lifesaving cancer research.”
- Entrepreneur: co-created sugarandsugar, Vancouver’s ground-breaking event planning company and premiere, private event venue.
“‘Spectacular’, ‘Unbelievable’, ‘ …the best party we have ever had’. Those comments are just a few of the multitude of positive compliments I have heard regarding our Christmas Party at sugarandsugar.”
“As far as the venue and staff were concerned, everything was perfect.”
“sugarandsugar is one classy operation. All the comments from attendees at our CEO`s retirement party were very positive.”
“We had training schools six cities across Canada and the event at sugarandsugar was, by far, the most successful.”
“My expectations were far exceeded…”
“The entire space was breathtaking! The event staff were very professional and flawless.”
“The evening was just perfect and we had many guests tell us it was the best wedding reception they had ever been to! Contemporary art, beautiful cocktails and a New York vibe makes your venue truly unique.”
“Thank you so much for a perfect venue on the perfect night of our wedding reception. Many of our guests told us that it was the best wedding that they had ever attended.”
What Qualifies Me To Lead?
Passionate about my own personal development, I’ve spent more than 25 years on my own “hero’s journey”. I have transformed decades of anger, judgment, and fear—and now (mostly) live life with power, freedom and joy. In the last 6 years, I have taken extensive coaching and leadership training that enables me to successfully coach others on their journeys.
I received my coach training and certification at Erickson College, one of the first coach training institutions in the world to be accredited by the International Coach Federation, in a powerful, NLP-based, “solution focused” coaching model.
I’ve participated and coached at Landmark Education, completing the Curriculum For Living as well as numerous Leadership Programs, Communications courses and seminars.
I’ve studied and participated in a variety of personal development and leadership training programs, including the Mankind Project’s New Warrior Training Adventure and Primary Integration & Leadership Training.
As a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (trained and certified by PADI, the largest and most respected scuba dive training organization in the world) and professional Breakthrough Coach, I am uniquely qualified to guide people through on this adventure.
Training & Development:
- PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Responder Instructor Ratings: Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Emergency First Response, Side Mount, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night, Deep, Wreck, Photography, Dry Suit, Enriched Air, Gas Blender, Emergency O2 Provider, Equipment Specialist, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Project AWARE, Care for Children w/ AED
Utila Dive Centre, Utila, Honduras (voted best PADI Instructor Development Centre worldwide, 2010)
- Professional Life Coach
Art & Science of Coaching (ICF Accredited Coach Training Program)
Erickson College International, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Self-Expression & Leadership Program Coach, Introduction Leader
Landmark Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- New Warrior Training Adventure, Primary Integration & Leadership Training
The Mankind Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Non-Violent Communication Facilitation
North Shore Compass, Vancouver, BC, Canada