Raised on the Pacific waters of Vancouver Island, some may call Kate Hives amphibious! Starting kayaking at an early age, Kate has had a committed love affair with the natural world. Turning her passion into a career, she has worked as an outdoor educator, instructor and guide both commercially and in adaptive settings with school students and adults from around the world. A graduate of Lakehead University, with an Honours BA in Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism and a BA in Geography, specializations in Cartography, she has continued to pursue her training. Kate has worked with Liquid Skills Kayak School, and United World College in South East Asia. She is an SKGABC Level 3 Guide with Class 4 Waters Endorsement, Guide Trainer and Examiner; a white water kayak Level 2 Instructor Leader with CKC; and a Level 2 Instructor with Paddle Canada. While traveling the world, Kate is a 'West Coast Girl' and has been returning to the BC coast for the past 10 years guiding paddlers through its western waters.
Raised coastal, Sarah enjoys running in the rain, the ocean and the mountains. There is never a dull season for adventure. Sarah is a SKGABC Level 3 Guide and Guide Trainer. She is also a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor, ACMG Hiking Guide, Affiliate Member of the CAA and RCABC Instructor Trainer. Some of the places she has guided and led outdoor programming include: Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training program (COLT), high school outdoor experiential education programs (Explore, TREK, LEAP and Nootka Sound Outdoor Program), Outward Bound, West Coast Expeditions and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Sarah joined the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University as a full time faculty in 2014. She coordinates and instructs in the sea kayak guide training aspect of the certificate and diploma programs, along with instructing hiking, winter camping and skiing. Sarah’s interests involve a variety of outdoor pursuits, expedition-based learning and leadership development. In addition, she enjoys working with groups to create a connection to and understanding of our natural environment.
After a rewarding career teaching Technology Education in the BC Public School system, Ken is enjoying the challenge of a new career as a Level 2 sea kayak guide and Level 1 Paddle Canada Instructor. Having a life long passion for teaching and the outdoors he enjoys sharing outdoor experiences with others and volunteering with Powell River Search and Rescue. Living in Powell River, Ken spends his summers guiding in Desolation Sound with Footprint Nature Explorations. During the winter he enjoys woodworking, travelling, skiing, hiking and paddling other areas of the BC coast.
Peter Carson is the Summer Camp Program Manager, at the Vancouver Island YMCA-YWCA’s Camp Thunderbird. He has a passion for introducing kids to the natural environment and using a sea kayak for this purpose is his absolute favorite. Peter is a level three Sea Kayak guide, level two Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor, level 4 paddler and instructor with the Outdoor Council of Canada. He has paddled most of the BC coast from Prince Rupert to Vancouver Island with groups of kids. Peter has been a guide member of the SKGABC since 2006 and is deeply committed to the maintenance of safe ocean travel in human powered vessels on BC’s coast. In his spare time you could find Peter surfing or skiing on Vancouver Island.
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Graham is an outdoor enthusiast and lives for his time spent in the natural world. He began as a guide with Spirit of the West Adventures, a kayak tour company based on Quadra Island, B.C., where he has spent the past 4 years as their operations manager. He has been fortunate to work with Spirit of the West Adventures in Chile guiding mothership style kayak trips in Patagonia and expedition tours in The Bahamas. Graham has also worked as a B.C. river guide, guiding whitewater rafting trips in B.C. and overseas in New Zealand, and carried out aid work in Paraguay. A Wilderness Leadership Program and Outdoor Recreation Management Graduate from Capilano University, Graham has a passion for educating and inspiring others. More recently, he embraced the student life, enrolling in a Master's Program in Tourism and Environmental Management and works as a sessional instructor at different colleges and universities teaching sea kayak courses and other disciplines. He is currently a Level Three Guide, Guide Trainer, and Guide Examiner with the SKGABC. When he is not kayaking, Graham fills his days mountain biking, skiing and dreaming of where the next adventure will take him.
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Jordie is an expert Sea Kayak Instructor and Guide and has worked continuously with Ocean River Sports since 1996.
He has pursued a life long interest exploring nature along Canada’s west coast and has circumnavigated both Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii as well he has paddled the outer passage from Alaska to Vancouver Island.
In 2018 he will be paddling the Aleutian Islands with Freya Hoffmeister from Kodiak, Alaska across to the mainland around Unimak Island and into the Bering Strait. As well he will also start a West Coast paddle from Victoria to Mexico with Lee Richardson.
He enjoys teaching paddlers of all levels and is keenly interested in assisting students to reach their goals using innovative and engaging teaching methods. In summer Jordie is usually found guiding paddlers in the Gulf Islands National Park and beautiful Victoria Harbour.
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Originally from the Alberta side of the Rockies, Carter is a lifelong adventurer, thanks to the experiences provided by Camp Chief Hector and Outward Bound. Backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, he has dipped his toes in the waters of the high alpine lakes of the Kananaskis, the currents and communities along the Mackenzie River in the NWT from Fort Simpson to Inuvik, as well as the Yukon and Teslin Rivers, finally ending up falling in love with Greenland paddling, and the crashing waves of Vancouver Island.
Holding a Bachelors of Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) from Mount Royal University, and progressing rapidly through the ranks of the SKGABC, Carter has been the Head Guide for The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre, and is now the Operations Manager and Head Guide/Trainer for Gabriola Sea Kayaking.
As both a strong paddler and an empathetic leader, Carter brings a strong sense of community and inclusion, focusing on the bigger picture beyond individual gain, inspiring passion for group success, and the betterment of each other.
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For more than a decade, Duncan Mack has been making his living working fulltime in the outdoor industry as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator. He loves to share his passion for kayaking with others and has worked extensively with groups of youth at-risk and people living with disabilities. Duncan now is working towards giving back to the industry by becoming a SKGABC Guide Trainer to help develop the next generation of sea kayak guides. With years experience working as the Risk Manager for an outdoor educational program, he brings a strong focus on safety and training to the Executive to help foster the mission of promoting high safety standards and industry representation. Duncan is a SKGABC Level 3 Guide, a Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor, a Kayak Rolling Instructor, Advanced Flatwater SUP Instructor, Big Canoe Leader and Swiftwater Rescue Technician. You may also find him enjoying surf kayaking or paddling whitewater when not out leading trips!
Daye Cooper is an educator, anthropologist, SKGABC Level Three guide, intern counselling psychotherapist and in love with the ocean. For her 16th birthday, Daye's parents asked if she wanted a car. She said she'd rather have a kayak and has put thousands of nautical miles of West Coast adventure on it since. With nearly a decade as Trip Coordinator networking paddling expeditions between the SFU, UVic and UBC outdoors clubs, Daye holds a BA and MA in world religions and anthropology, including coastal First Nations studies, and is currently working on an MA in Counselling. Celestial navigation is a growing passion, as there is a vast richness of information on location, orientation, time, season, and meaning available to us in the skies. An active volunteer in Restorative Justice, crisis work, and with youth at risk, Daye brings both compassion and play to her work with stories, ukulele, and technical skill building woven in to every paddle.
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Hailing from the UK Hollie grew up surrounded by a slightly different ocean. She arrived on Vancouver Island in 2010 and was slightly intimidated by the vast wilderness that surrounded her. It was in 2013 after a spring solo hike of the Juan de Fuca trail that she became inspired to fully immerse herself in all that this rugged west coast has to offer and to share that passion with others. In 2015 she graduated from the Adventure Guiding program at the Westcoast Adventure College with her Level 1 Guide certificate and since has guided throughout the BC Coast. After a brief stint in the Clayoquot Sound she has found her home amongst the Grizzlies of the Great Bear Rainforest where she leads bear viewing tours by kayak and boat. Hollie is passionate about her work, and believes that as a guide we have the extraordinary opportunity to inspire our guests and co-workers alike to learn about, care about and protect this incredible coast we call home. She looks forward to seeing you out there!