Pika Team

jay pender island kayak
Owner, Instructor, Guide

Since 2004 Jay has been featuring the Southern Gulf Islands to thousands of paddlers. Jay is a Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer and Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor as well as a Level 2 Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. In 2008 he founded Pender Island Kayak Adventures (previously Kayak Pender Island) and is always looking ahead to make everyone's experiences create the best memories! Jay's other passions include his family and the community that surrounds him.

emily pender island kayak

Emily brings joy and peace to you and our whole team (especially her husband the owner)! Ten+ years experience as a kayaking and mountanineering Outward Bound Instructor along with her other impresive certifications brings a plethora of honed in and solid skills to make you feel safe and like your own shiny super star while you explore the Salish Sea with us! - Level 3 SKGABC guide, Paddle Canada Skills Instructor in Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding, K-12 Bachler of Education, (COLT) Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training, Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR-C, A lifetime upbringing on the coastal waters of BC, 

garrett pender island kayak
Stand Up Paddleboard Instuctor

Local master timber framer and expert paddleboarder, Garrett loves getting out there rain or shine!  From a quick paddle across to a nearby island hike, to teaching in the bay and beyond, Garrett is a plethora of knowledge of SUP, building, and enjoying life! Custom request Garrett for any of our Paddle Canada SUP Courses and tours.

Jessie PIKA Pender Island

Jessie was approached by us to take her guiding certification this season and she’s proving it is the best choice for us all! Lifetime local and full of energy, Jessie is excited to explore our main harbours and beyond to showcase our favourite areas that we are fortunate enough to call home.

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During his time as a scholarship student in university and graduate school in Japan Mark got deeply and passionately involved in the world of mountaineering, ice-climbing, trekking and sea-kayaking. It was then he realized his love for sharing the outdoor world with others. He is fluently bilingual in English and Japanese and looks forward to sharing his love for the special beauty of Pender Island with guests in either language!

alisoun payne
Instructor, Guide

Alisoun fell in love with paddling while living on Salt Spring Island in 1996.  Through her many professional years of guiding and leadership, Alisoun had the privilege of facilitating safe and educational access to kids, youth and adults in the many hot spots of the world class paddling terrain found in the inner and outer coast of BC.

Alisoun strives to promote community-building through inclusivity and accessibility, and believes strongly in mentorship relationships for their power to integrate new skills into one’s personal toolbox.   She looks forward to seeing you on the water soon, exploring, strengthening and uncovering your own inner nature in the beautiful natural surroundings of Canada’s West Coast.


Coming to us from Victoria, this is Marina’s first season guiding, and everyday she’s so excited to be connecting with people and sharing her passion for our beautiful planet with others. By the ocean always, and a huge nerd for nature and sustainability, Marina’s name couldn’t be better suited for her. She’s always learning, laughing, working hard and she can’t wait to meet you!

sara labadie

With a background in geography and environment sciences,  Sara is new to the team for summer 2021.

Her love for the ocean, coastal life and surfing brought her to Vancouver Island 5 years ago.

She is eager to share her knowledge of coastal wildlife and quirky Pender Island stories with you all.

Comes with a French accent.

Head Office

Jaxon has the enthusiasm of a young adult (in which he is) and the knowledge of a lifetime local (which he is as well).  New to PIKA, Jaxon is at the helm and will usually be the first person you meet upon your arrival to PIKA.  You are an invaluable asset to the team Jaxon!