Lukas Swidler, Owner, Executive Director and Coach for MTBX
Lukas Swidler is an expert mountain biker, coach, outdoor enthusiast and athlete. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Lutheran University with an emphasis in education, exercise science and philosophy in May 2020. He has over 200 hours of classroom instruction in public and charter schools in California for children of grade school and middle school ages, including teaching in physical education classes. After his athletic four year high school career, Lukas played two years of college basketball for at CLU.
Lukas is passionate about connecting children to the outdoor experience and says: “Every child benefits physically, mentally and emotionally from building new riding skills and confidence in outdoor settings. This experience translates into all areas of their lives, including academic achievement.”
His philosophy is to encourage each rider to reach their goals and grow in their potential within their ability range. Most importantly, Lukas strives to help all riders enjoy the camaraderie and fun of being on the best mountain biking trails in the Bay Area!
Mountain Biking Expertise
Lukas has been teaching mountain biking to children and teens of all abilities for the past four years. He worked as the Director of the Palo Alto location for Kids DoJo, a nonprofit providing mountain biking camp for intermediate to advanced level to riders throughout the south Bay area. He also worked on the staff of Avid4Adventure for three years. Lukas has taught outdoor sports in natural setting to hundreds of children – including skills of mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing and outdoor education programs,
Lukas has a passion for working with children from diversified backgrounds. He has traveled extensively internationally to many countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. He also lived and studied abroad in Asia at Hong Kong Baptist University during his senior year of college in 2019 and worked as a volunteer at the orphanage at Rehoboth Sampaloc Ministries in the Philippines.
In addition to being an expert Instructor and Coach for MTBX, Lukas also enjoys basketball, cooking, hiking, road biking, rock climbing, snorkeling, snow skiing, surfing and volleyball. As an experienced surfer, Lukas who also offers private surfing instruction sessions for beginners and intermediates surfers who want to learn this outdoor sport as well.
MTBX is fully insured as a business. Lukas has training and certifications in CPR, First Aid, Wilderness Aid and holds a California commercial driver’s license.