About

Our Mission Is To Empower Individuals and Teams Through Adventure Experiences.

Empower Mission

What

1. We seek to improve the way individuals and teams lead themselves through challenge, adversity, fear and temptation

2. We seek to inspire and motivate individuals to step outside of their comfort zones into their “stretch” zone – this is where greatness is born and a sense of purpose is discovered.

3. We seek to provide moments of triumph, victory and accomplishment that results in an unstoppable force of momentum towards further achievement and confidence in oneself to overcome any obstacle.

How

Our zip line course gives you the best opportunity to go out on a limb and find out how strong you truly are. In our experiences, we put you in situations that might frighten you at first, but you have all the support from our team you need to complete any challenges we ask of you. When you complete challenges and face fears in scenarios where you have nothing to lose, you gain an edge. You gain a belief in yourself that transforms your life into what is possible versus what is limiting. We hope you will leave our facility feeling energized and inspired and EMPOWERED!

Our Team

President & Founder

Joe Dering

Joe is a true American hero. Having served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Joe returned from service seeking to use his leadership skills in a way that would allow him to contribute to society. Partnering with advisors Dev Pathik and Jason Clement, Joe developed Empower Leadership Sports in Middletown, Connecticut. Later, the team created Empower Adventures in Tampa Bay. The center and Joe’s incredible personal journey from battlefield to inspirational adventure operator has now been featured on CNN, FOX, and numerous other media outlets across the U.S.

Product Manager

Jessica Dae

Head of Operation

Jeffrey Don

President & Founder

Joe Dering

Joe is a true American hero. Having served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Joe returned from service seeking to use his leadership skills in a way that would allow him to contribute to society. Partnering with advisors Dev Pathik and Jason Clement, Joe developed Empower Leadership Sports in Middletown, Connecticut. Later, the team created Empower Adventures in Tampa Bay. The center and Joe’s incredible personal journey from battlefield to inspirational adventure operator has now been featured on CNN, FOX, and numerous other media outlets across the U.S.

Team Building Specialist

Calvin Joustra

Calvin has been a part of the outdoor adventure and team building industry for over 12 years working at a variety of courses. He was a part of the opening team at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay in 2016 and has run team building programs for BayCare, Nielsen, the United States Air Force, the University of South Florida, AdventHealth, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, among many others. What Calvin loves most about the team building programs is working with the groups to give them the exact event they want, then seeing groups come together to achieve more than they thought they were capable of – all in a fun and adventurous setting!

Vice President

Joey Chaffin

 Joey has been with Empower Adventures for over 4 years, holding various positions and now serving as the Vice President of Operations. During his time at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay, he has led over 2,000 zip line tours and facilitated group programs. As the Operations Manager, he trained over 40 guides and managed a staff of over 40 members, overseeing 3,000-plus Zip Line Canopy Tours for over 15,000 guests. In addition to his work at Empower Adventures, Joey has also served as a Medic in the United States Army for 8 years.

Job Opportunities

If you love empowering and encouraging people and you have strong leadership skills, then you will love working at the Empower Adventures zip line course in Tampa Bay, Florida. You will join a close-knit team that loves working with diverse groups of people. The best part about the job: you will have a lot of fun, and you will gain valuable experience. At Empower Adventures, we are experts in leadership training, and we will impart that knowledge on you. Let’s take a look at some of our beliefs, so you can see if you think of yourself as a good fit.

Empower Adventures Beliefs

We believe in empowering and strengthening people through experiential learning. We ask groups and individuals to step outside of their comfort zones for a brief moment in time, and this often results in substantial changes. People leave Empower Adventures feeling charged with a can-do attitude and brimming with confidence. If you love instilling confidence and belief in people, then you share our most important belief.

Joy Bonds People Together

Many of our clients come from a corporate setting, and they expect Empower Adventures to turn their office of individuals into a cohesive group. Part of the reason we do this so successfully is because we bring joy to our clients. When they have fun and lower their guards, they begin to form relationships that will encourage efficiency and productivity. We are the ones who cultivate that fun atmosphere. If you believe in spreading joy at your job, then you might be right for Empower Adventures.

Diversity and Uniqueness Matters

Our zip line course doesn’t care who you are. It takes you from one tower to the next, regardless of what you look like or what you believe in. Our employees are the same. We see the inner leader in everyone, and we cultivate those leaderships and individuality in each of our guests. This can be as simple as encouraging them or as complex as designing team building exercises based on their group’s needs. At the end of the day, however, we believe that all people bring unique experiences to the table that are worth hearing.

Learn some key skills along the way by:

  • Guiding and facilitating “empowering experiences” for leisure zip line tours and other adventures.
  • Leading groups through experience-based team building programs.
  • Learning technical skills of the zip line canopy tour industry.
  • Working in an outdoor setting with a diverse clientele including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, universities, and other community groups.