Calling Punta Cana Picklers 2024
Find your happy place - Pickleball at Club Med in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! Pickleball play includes professional instruction and coaching, open play, round-robin, plus a variety of skill-building games and activities. Open to all levels, including novice to advanced level players. Play Pickleball at a fabulous location while on vacation!
Punta Cana January 13-18, 2024
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Carpe Dink’em Pickleball Adventures presents ... Pickleball in Dominican Republic (Club Med Punta Cana) January 13-18, 2024
Enjoy an all-inclusive resort stay in beautiful Punta Cana and receive expert Pickleball instruction. With maximum of 1:8 coach to player ratio, participants receive personalized attention with expert quality Pro coaches and matched-level players.
Learn and understand the “WHYs” of the game of Pickleball. Why do we learn all the different mechanics of shots?
Why do we need to learn positioning?
Why is strategy a key skill?
From shot selection to mechanics, learn how to properly face all types of opponents and how to neutralize them to your advantage. From serve to paddle tap, come out with greater awareness of how to construct your game and have fun playing!
Skills will include:
Dinking with a Purpose
Enjoy Club Med’s all-inclusive resort with its wide variety of amenities!
January 13-18th, 2024 (5 nights / 6 days)
All-inclusive* package includes all resort activities, meals, beverages with open bar, all Pickleball instruction and open play, round-trip airport transfers, all taxes and fees. *excludes air transportation
In addition to Pickleball, revel in all that Club Med has to offer, from sailing to yoga, from spa services to trapeze lessons - there is something for everyone at Club Med.
Food, beverages, accommodations, and all activities are included in one price.
Pricing details for the 13 -18 January 2024 group
Pricing and cancellation policy:
Cancellation by September 30 will result in nonrefundable fees of $60 for the Club Med membership and $175 for a portion of the Pickleball Management Services. All other payments are refundable up to that date. After October 1 all monies paid are 100% nonrefundable.
Meet the Pickleball Coaching Team:
Michael Niss a.k.a.The Pickleball Whisperer is a sought after Pickleball coach who grew up in the Detroit area and moved to South Florida in 1985. He and his wife Daniella first discovered Pickleball in 2015 and have been playing together daily ever since. An accomplished tournament player, Michael competes in events throughout the United States, including as a two-time US Open Finalist; a gold medalist in the Tournament of Champions, PPA Mesa, World Pickleball Open Championship; and two-time gold medalist in the USDA Regional.
In addition to playing Pickleball, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the sport with others. To date, he has had the opportunity to instruct/coach over 500 players of all skill levels (2.0 - 5.0). Michael is recognized throughout the Pickleball community for his advanced strategic insight, as well as his unique (and often humorous) ability to communicate constructive concepts.
"Michael Niss has been my instructor for the Intermediate Clinic through our Club. His 10-week curriculum showcases the strategies of the game to fully understand the game. He models these skills in a manner that is easy to understand and incorporate into the game. Each week the lesson builds from the last one. I have taken many clinics from other teachers, but Michael's lessons go above and beyond."-Debi D
"As the President of our Club, I have watched Michael Niss teach our Intermediate Clinic with a full knowledge of the game and the strategy. Many of the students have praised Michael and his style of teaching. He teaches with an all-around understanding of the game and how to execute many shots. Our Club's membership has tripled in numbers since he started teaching 5 years ago." -Norm D.
Daniella Niss competes and medaled in Pickleball tournaments throughout the United States, including US Nationals (2 times); Senior Nationals (player and referee); US Open (2-time medalist). Daniella is a Level 2 Certified Referee. She is part of the coaching staff for Delay Beach Pickleball Club's Intermediate Clinic.
Volunteerism and making a difference are important to Daniella. As Delay Beach Pickleball Club Board Member, Daniella establishes relationships through Pickleball in support of charitable organizations, including the Gift of Life; Make-a-Wish Foundation; Achievement Center for Children and Families of Delay Beach Wounded Warriors; and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
She oversees tournament operations for the Delay Beach Pickleball Club - 2021 had over 800 participants and 2022 had over 960 participants.
Daniella's background is in education as a teacher and administrator. Using her knowledge in education and educational leadership, Daniella enjoys teaching players of all levels.
"Daniella is an outstanding instructor who effectively combines advanced pickleball knowledge with limitless creativity.
Her instructional style, as well as her ability to adapt to any level, creates an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for each of her students." - Norm Dickman, Delay Beach Pickleball Club President
Health and wellness elements are included with every Carpe Dink’em group experience.
Pickleball Qigong with Patrick W Smith:
Pickleball calls upon our bodies to perform movements many of us can make without much preparation. However, other movements do need gentle rehearsal before we take them to the Pickleball courts. As more people play Pickleball, more injuries will occur. We are seeing increasing numbers of small and large injuries because our ageless competitive minds are taking our bodies on journeys that our bodies aren't quite ready to take. Our desire to play is writing checks our bodies cannot cash.
Patrick Smith has developed Pickleball Qigong, the seamless blending of Ancient Chinese Balance, Breathing and Relaxation practices and Pickleball Court movements. Every movement the body can make, in any arena of play, has a corresponding practice technique in Qigong. Pickleball Qigong is fun. It wakes the body up. It trains the body in ways that make Pickleball court movement easier and safer. The human body moves within a sphere of potential motion. As we grow, our sphere of movement becomes habitual. We use some motions a lot, and other motions very little. Most of us don't practice balancing on one foot or moving backward while facing forward. As we age, our habitual movements often diminish and the ones we did not do much in our youth simply fade away.
Patrick Smith is an International Master level Black Belt instructor for Dillman Karate International and has studied Chinese martial arts with two Chinese masters since 2006.
Carpe Dink’em Pickleball offers Pickleball Vacations With Heart - It’s What Sets Us Apart!
The group vacation experience includes a "giving exchange" with those in destination. Travel With Heart involves the cultural and community connection to expand learning, deepen understanding, and foster real friendships. Participants have the option to spend time with our local hosts at their facility as well to host local groups at the Club Med resort. This unique aspect of the Carpe Dink’em Pickleball experience is a highlight for those who take part. Participants can also choose to Pack With Purpose, offering requested supplies for those within these local communities. Punta Cana Picklers partner with Calasanz Bavaro School in Punta Cana. The specific group experiences are customized based on destination.
Contact Melinda Alcosser by phone at 310-903-5107 or by email at email@example.com for booking and more information.
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