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, 

Sea Kayak Guide

Joel Comes to us with energy and flare!  Intrigued and amazed by all things ocean, Joel is determined to know everything possible that you may ask him. Creatures, history, local quirky places and people, Joel is excited to share all he has to offer to giving you the best Sea Kayak Experience while on our beautiful Islands.  

Sea Kayak Guide, Office Guru

Born and raised on Pender, Jaxon has the enthusiasm of a young adult (in which he is) and the knowledge and relaxed attitude  of a lifetime local.  In his second year with PIKA, Jaxon has entered into the guiding world cuz he loves the ocean and people and wants to show you the best time out there!   

Sea Kayak Guide

A local west coaster with a decade of experience on Pender island, Shawn loves all things water, so kayaking guiding comes naturally to him. He brings with it his history of living abroad, teaching, first aid and his time in the gastronomic restaurant industry. 

Always with a traditional Green Land Paddle in hand Shawn can be found in his downtime, still in his kayak and honing his skills towards his next expedition, playing in currents, practicing rolls or kayak surfing. 

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.

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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!