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Our kayaking for corporate groups sessions incorporate elements of fitness, team -bonding 'Meet and Kayak' with the Clayton Hotel Limerick. Gather the team for your meeting at Clayton Hotel Limerick, enjoy arrival refreshments, meeting room hire, followed by a 1 hour Kayak with Get West on the River. As we start our fifteenth season, in , we can hardly believe how well our tours have been received over the years. With a small fleet of sea kayaks, and the .

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He went on to become a qualified open water instructor. The current kayaking adventure started when he and Larraine had a trip at Abel Tasman in January When returning to the shop to purchase their own kayaks they took a bigger step and purchased the shop.

The rest is history. He has been actively kayaking ever since and takes extreme pleasure in introducing new paddlers to the wonderful world on the water. Believe me, if I can do it, you can too. I now enjoy exploring the wonderful coastline we have on our doorstep.

I have been paddling for eight years and am now a qualified sea kayak instructor, have my Grade 2 Multisport certificate, and am playing social league Canoe Polo. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge around sea kayaking and kayak fishing and generally messing around in boats. John has had a Boatmaster Certificate since With this kayak and a mates small flat bottom scow, many unforgettable adventures on the Waikato and Waipa rivers were had, paddling and camping overnight on the river banks.

InJohn became the founding Chairman of the club. John shares his spare time between sea kayaking and kayak fishing. Allan Mears Allan has been involved with Canoe and kayak since when he assisted run the skills courses and trips with the owner at that time.

Meet The Team

Based right here on the coast, we show you around with the pride of knowing it's our home. Take a few moments to meet the team behind the adventures. After globetrotting for a few months most years, they always come back to their home on Quadra Island, BC, a testament to their love for the BC coast and the amazing opportunity for sea kayaking. As seagoing folk, Breanne and Rick love to live and breathe British Columbia coastal air.

In Breanne and Rick welcomed their son Eamon to the paddling family. Much of her childhood was spent hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing and enjoying the fresh air. She also completed her Bachelor of Education in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, Breanne has worn many hats including that of whitewater canoe guide, tree planter, environmental educator, elementary and secondary school teacher, sea kayak guide and most recently as educational program co-ordinator, guide and operations manager with Spirit of the West.

The allure of the British Columbia coast drew her west several years ago, and now she spends most of the year on Quadra Island and her winters traveling. Breanne is a perfect candidate to set you up with a complete outdoor kayaking experience.

Rick spent his early years paddling in Ontario before heading to sea in tall ships for much of his high school years.

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He completed degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Biology at Lakehead University, as well as time studying oceanography in Woods Hole ininterspersed with summers working search and rescue for the Canadian Coast Guard. As a freelance writer, guide and photographer Rick has travelled around Canada and around the world, and has volunteered and worked in several countries including Vanuatu, Mexico, Australia, Ecuador, Grenada, Chile and the Bahamas.

And the whole amazing crew Our staff and kayak guides are simply exceptional and match the culture and spirit of our organization.

They all have an amazing passion for kayaking British Columbia and for the killer whales in the BC waters that make it such a great experience. Terms like self-reliance, adaptability, responsibility, confidence, and sense of humour all come to mind when describing their qualities. Our guides are extremely skilled and certified by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC in kayaking, backcountry travel, responsible environmental practices, and high levels of first aid and safety procedures, continually upgrading their training and striving to improve knowledge and skills.

Personal and training trips around the British Columbia coast and around the world keep us on top of our game. At the end of the day, what we ensure is that every trip is as safe and memorable as can be, and that you will not be disappointed kayaking the British Columbia coast.

meet the kayak

Frieda Humphreys Food Superstar Frieda is a true island girl, having spent the first 17 years of her life living on a remote island. There she learned lots of handy life skills, such as running a chainsaw, hunting, fishing, as well as less frightening activities like knitting, canning, gardening, and of course cooking! Frieda began washing dishes at Spirit of the West inand now works as the kitchen manager, ensuring all things food related are taken care of.

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When she's not busy with that, you can find her playing soccer, hiking, and most commonly swimming in nearby lakes. After studying graphic design, marketing and media in Zurich and Berlin she worked in the industry for many years before exploring the world looking for challenging outdoor adventures.

Melissa supports Spirit of the West Adventures in marketing, media and graphics with all her creativity and passion. Meanwhile she loves the BC coast like a local and appreciates having the opportunity to combine her skills with an outdoor life in the mountains and the newly explored deep dark water. The lure of the BC coast has brought Kristen and her kayak guiding husband, Daniel, out to the islands to stay.

Kristen is new to the Spirit of the West Adventures team this year and is working behind the scenes to help ensure the smooth running of the office. She is passionate about sustainable communities and resilient, localized food systems. In the winter, Kristen works with Young Agrarians, an organization dedicated to growing the next generation of farmers in Canada. Here he has found more wilderness than he could explore in a lifetime. When not doing so, he enjoys growing good food and eating well cooked meals with good company, preferably by the water and under the stars.

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In addition to guiding in many areas of the BC coast, she has also had the opportunity to lead trips with Spirit of the West in Chilean Patagonia and the Bahamas. In between kayaking seasons Robin has worked as a snowmobile guide and, more recently, a ski patroller at Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island. When she's not working Robin can be found riding her mountain bike, skiing or plotting where her next kayaking adventure will take her. With a life long love of her home on the BC coast Robin brings a passion and local knowledge that she is keen to share.

Rain or shine she's at home!

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Nothing brings him more pleasure than sharing wildlife sightings and the beautiful outdoors with guests, friends, and family. This is Gaspard's second season with Spirit of the West. She has spent the last six years exploring the Island as an environmental educator guiding backcountry trips for youth.

She is occasionally persuaded to leave the Island, and works internationally as a wilderness guide for college study abroad programs. When not guiding, Tessa can be found with her hands happily in the dirt on her permaculture farm in the Cowichan Valley.

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Leah Chandler Kayak Guide After living in Montreal working with at-risk youth while pursuing a Geography degree, Leah decided to leave the hustle of the city to head west.

Leah's fun-loving, playful energy has led her into the guiding world where she enjoys meeting new folks and sharing in the magic of the natural word. Her passion for kayaking has been fuelled by the ability to explore and discover less accessible areas by sea. Outside of guiding, Leah can be found out in the field at her small scale farm in the Cowichan Valley.

Ashley Hamilton Kayak Guide Ashley is an adventurer, outdoor educator, and traveller who lives for exploring the natural world and meeting new people. Her passion for the outdoors began in Niagara On The Lake, Ontario where she was born and spent almost every summer day mountain biking the Niagara escarpment and swimming and canoeing in lakes and rivers. Her thirst for adventure continued through University where she led social justice programs abroad for young adults to Morocco, India, and Belize.

She is a certified teacher with a degree in biology and psychology and has spent the past six years working with inner-city youth from Toronto teaching and directing at an outdoor experiential school.

Ashley is excited to be working as a guide sharing her passion for paddling and the environment with others while experiencing the beauty and inspiration of the West coast.

Beverly Marshall Kayak Guide Bev's love of the outdoors has always been amplified when sharing it with others and it has brought her to guiding in locations off of Gabriola Island, Tofino and mostly recently Haida Gwaii. Whether it's slowing down to take in the scenery or waking up with a destination in mind, Bev brings infectious energy, humour, and care to each tour. She keeps busy in Victoria in the off season working at a local pub, learning about meditation and yoga, and visiting with her extended family!

Savannah Zumach Kayak Guide Savannah was raised on Vancouver Island in Victoria with much of her childhood spent outside either camping, hiking, or kayaking.

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She's been in love with the outdoors since she was a kid and now is lucky to have a career working outside with super rad people sharing my passion.

In she took a program called Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training at Strathcona Park Lodge, and has been guiding and working with youth in the outdoors since.