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 and is always looking ahead to make everyone's experiences create the best memories! Jay's other passions include his family and community that surrounds him.
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,
Claudia loves showing off our amazing coastal scenery and helping folks explore one of the most beautiful places on Earth. She feels that the most important part of any adventure is that you feel safe, relaxed, comfortable and full of delight with your new experiences. Claudia is a professional educator, artist, photographer, and paddler with decades of experience and loves to share the natural wonders of the Gulf Islands with you no matter what your skill or experience level.
Her favorite paddling partner is a therapy and companion dog named Yoda, who makes everyone smile and relax with her gentle nature and enthusiasm for being on the water.
Mike came to us with a clear open mind and an open heart. His passion is evident by the kayak always ready to go on his vehicle. Mike shows a calm manner with a humourous heart to match. Mike's focus will be on our Level 1 weekend program, Monday clinics, and perhaps be with us on a few of our Level 2 Skills Courses this year too!
Kennedy is returning to PIKA for her second season, logging the majority of her experience in the Southern Gulf Islands Waters, Lands and surrounding sky, giving her a vast knowledge of the area.
As a proud 2017 graduate of the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) program, she is well versed in the most popular land and sea going outdoor activities, including status as Paddle Canada Instructor in Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding as well as assistant overnight Guide with the SKGABC.
Her pride and passion is the Ocean. She is always happiest on the water. Kennedy's extensive knowledge of local ocean life and her keen sense of teaching will relay to a funfilled safe and educational experience!
Taeven has spent her whole upbringing on Pender Island. Over the last few years, Taeven has become very comfortable in her kayak. After two years helping out or team's onsite operations services, Taeven will begin her guiding career as a day guide through the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. She is already a very well versed paddler and knows a plethora of information about what's in the ocean and on land! Taeven is part of an international movement to create awareness and eliminate the use of not only single use micro bead plastics but any material we use in our natural world that is not so natural. Come have fun with Taeven!
Liz's positive outlook on the environment and the everyday nature that surrounds her shows in the rest of her outlook on life! Besides kayaking, Liz loves to connect with horses, and you'll often find her with a stringed instrument in her hands ready to play!
Erin seamlessly joined us mid season to get her feet wet and then some! Always eager, Erin has led numerous guided tours, joined in on any clinics and coaching sessions possible! Such a hard worker and a joy to be around, we can only dream that Erin will be part of the PIKA Team for years to come!
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.
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!
Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC
All our guides are members of the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance, BC.
All our instructors are members of Paddle Canada