Ed Naggiar is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Officer with a PhD in Psychology. He was born in Milan, Italy and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. Growing up in Massachusetts, he quickly gained an interest in the ocean and after graduating from college with a BA in Ocean Studies, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a Navy SEAL. He spent 20 years in the Navy, where he became an avid Sky Diver, SCUBA Diver, Surfer, and Outrigger Canoe Paddler. After retiring from the Navy in 2011, Ed decided to take up Stand Up Paddleboarding and has been training ever since. He is a member of the Paddlemonster Training Group and can be found training before the sun comes up 6 days a week in Panama City, Florida.
Ed has completed a total of 4, 32 mile Chattajack Races, 1 Molokai to Oahu World Championship (32 miles) relay race, and a host of local races and charity events. He is also the co-founder of a 32 mile race for charity in Panama City called the PC Paddle Classic. The race is an endurance event spanning bay and open ocean conditions to raise money and awareness for Autism. 100% of the proceeds from the race go to the Early Childhood Autism Program in Panama City, Florida.
Ed Naggiar’s main focus is to help others through resilience training. He is the founder of Human Performance Consulting LLC, a company that teaches a concept known as Mission Based Resilience. The program encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions to help individuals gain control of their lives and be more effective at home and at work. He has trained individuals all over the world, from hospital workers in Ireland, to incarcerated individuals addicted to opiates in the U.S. Ed also trains high risk professionals such as Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel, Correctional Officers, and Drilling Rig Workers.
When not paddling, Ed likes boating and and hanging at the beach with his wife Casey, and their 5 children. His ever faithful training partner, Tilly, his 10 pound Cotton De Tulear, is always on the board, no matter what the conditions.