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Who We Are

The Jericho Beach Kayak Team

EJ

EJ

School & Operations Director, Level 2 Instructor, Basic Instructor Trainer, VHF Examiner

EJ went into kayaking by starting to play kayak polo in 2004. From there, he was hooked on kayaking and has since been on many trips ranging from short weekend to 3-week kayaking trips in Europe, BC and Mexico.

EJ has been a kayaking instructor for 10 years and has been running the kayaking school and operations at Ecomarine and now Jericho Beach Kayak for the past years.
He loves kayaking as a sport but he also loves that kayaking can be a vehicle to discover oneself, to grow, and to build connections, whether it is to the outdoors, to each other, or to oneself. Running the Operations and the School at Jericho Beach Kayak for EJ is as much about kayaking as it is about the community and about supporting new staff and instructors in their development.

Outside of work he loves to kayak as well and loved to take his 3 young kids on trips around BC. Being able to discover beautiful places in the wilderness that are only accessible by boat, camp on serene beaches, listening to the ocean while falling asleep, watch and enjoy the wildlife, as well as playing in rough waters and testing his skills and boundaries is what continues to draw him onto the water over and over again.

August

August

Rental Manager, Basic Instructor

August studies Conservation Policy at UBC and moved to Vancouver from Houston, Texas. Besides paddling in her free time, she loves doing anything outdoors where she can get fresh air, whether it's going for a hike, or a run along the beach. She also loves drawing and sketching and meeting new people!

Lauren

Lauren

Assistant Rental Manager

This will be Lauren’s third season working at Jericho Beach Kayak Centre. She is currently an undergraduate psychology student at UBC and hopes to study counselling psychology in the future.
Outside of school, Lauren enjoys kayaking, hiking, travelling, and surrounding herself with friends and family. She is also a beginner skier and is learning to mountain bike this summer!
Her passion for the outdoors began when she was very young and grows with each new adventure. She feels blessed to live in the beautiful city of Vancouver and is excited for another great summer at Jericho Beach.

Alex

Alex

Level 1 Instructor

This is Alex's fifth year with the team at Jericho Beach- in her opinion the most fun and welcoming place in the city. As a Level 1 Paddle Canada Instructor, she enjoys teaching a variety of skills programs, as well as bridging fun and exploration-based paddles for youth. Additionally, she is involved in the bi-weekly Social Paddle events, where she appreciates a mix of new and familiar faces.
A few favourite paddling locations under her tow belt include oyster-filled Desolation Sound, mangrove forests in Belize, and the dramatic changing landscapes of Bowron Lakes.
No matter who you are, or what your experience is, Alex believes that the joy found on the water is unparalleled- even in a city with as much access to nature as ours.

Arielle

Arielle

Youth Camp Coordinator, Basic Instructor

This is Arielle’s second season working as a kayak instructor at Jericho Beach. Arielle grew up paddling on lakes and rivers in Ontario, before moving to Vancouver almost two years ago.
When she’s not paddling, Arielle studies at UBC, where she just finished her second year in the Faculty of Science. In her spare time, Arielle loves to travel, hike, and rock climb.

Cara

Cara

Basic Instructor, Youth Camp Coordinator

Cara was born and raised in Vancouver and the Gulf Islands in a very boat-loving family. She has been sailing and kayaking since before she could see over the gunwales. The VSB’s outdoor education program TREK piqued Cara’s interest in the outdoor industry and she joined JBK as a Youth Camp Coordinator in 2020.
As well as kayaking, Cara is a lifeguard, enjoys a good book, and competes provincially and nationally in nordic skiing for Hollyburn XC Ski Club’s race team. She is graduating from Kitsilano High in 2021 and is looking forward to a post-secondary life that will involve outdoor adventures, skiing, and eventually studying Journalism and Humanities at Ottawa’s Carleton University. She’s sure that the West Coast and the Salish Sea will always be home, though!"

Chantal

Chantal

Basic Instructor

Chantal grew up exploring both the vast prairies of Alberta as well as living overseas in the desert landscape of the United Arab Emirates. This sparked her love of adventure, the ocean, and rich mountain landscapes. She eventually found her way to Vancouver where she pursued a degree in Environmental Geography, with a minor in Sustainability and Development from SFU. Chantal has since followed her passion for outdoor experiential education by working with several outdoor-based programs in a handful of countries. In Chantal’s free time you’ll find her trail running to the top of the North Shore mountains, paddling around the coast, or gathering her camping supplies for an upcoming adventure! Chantal is beyond excited to be joining the team at Jericho this summer!

Chris

Chris

Level 2 Instructor, Level 1 Instructor Trainer

Chris Ladner was the owner of Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres for 27 years. He began his paddling career in 1973 with his own homemade skin on frame kayak. Since then he has been on dozens of kayaking trips on the British Columbia coast, a few of over a month long. He has also organized kayak trips to the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, and Holland.

Chris has a background in sporting goods design, manufacturing and distribution. He teaches kayaking skills regularly and is a Paddle Canada Level Two Instructor, Level One Instructor Trainer with Level Four Skills. He can often be found hanging out in the waters of English Bay. He loves to share his passion for paddling.

Declan

Declan

Basic Instructor

Declan grew up paddling in Ontario doing canoe trips on the Great Lakes, and smaller (but still great!) lakes. He spent several summers teaching kids canoeing, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding on Lake Ontario.
He fell in love with the ocean while doing multi-night trips in Clayoquot Sound and Nootka Sound as a teenager, and has returned to the west coast as an Environmental Science and Ecology student at UBC!

Faroe

Faroe

Level 2 Instructor, Level 1 Instructor Trainer

Raised off the sea air and rain of coastal BC, Faroe’s paddling career really began in a Klepper, asleep between her parents' legs. She began instructing sea kayaking in 2005 with Ecomarine Paddlesports Centres. In 2010, Faroe undertook her first major sea kayak expedition, the Pipedreams Project, paddling two months down the BC coast. She caught the expedition fever and began working for NOLS in 2013, leading month-long paddling trips in BC, Alaska and Baja California.

Faroe is a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor, and is a Basic Kayak Instructor Trainer, Level 3 skills and a SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide.

Georgia

Georgia

Level 1 Instructor

Georgia grew up on the North Shore and spent summers as a child playing in the waters of the Southern Gulf Islands. She fell in love with kayaking in 2001 while whitewater paddling in New Zealand, and began instructing for Paddle Canada in 2008. Georgia loves sharing her passion with others, and along with teaching kayaking she also teaches high-school Social Studies/Geography. Georgia spends as much of her free time as possible outside SUPing, multi-day kayak touring, biking, hiking, and enjoying the natural world.

Jamie

Jamie

Basic Instructor

Born and raised in Vancouver, Jamie developed a love of the local ecology and landscapes from a young age. A number of kayak trips in B.C. and beyond sparked a passion for the sport and its ability to offer a unique perspective of the outdoors. On top of paddling, Jamie also enjoys the hiking, climbing and surfing of the West Coast. Jamie worked with the rentals team for two seasons between studying a Biology degree and is now excited to join the team as a Basic Instructor!

John

John

Level 1 Instructor

I love the rhythms and connections that kayaking brings to my life. It allows me to slow down and pay attention to my surroundings and how I am interacting with them. Some of my favourite paddles are right along the coastline, looking at the abundant inter-tidal organisms. My favourite paddling trip has been along the Olympic Peninsula, paddling in the surf, through beautiful sea-caves, and feeling like I was on the edge of the world.

Teaching gives me the opportunity to share my passion with others! I love seeing the moment when a new skill or idea clicks for a student and they are able to enjoy their paddling experience even more.

Madison

Madison

Youth Camp Coordinator

Madison is a middle school teacher and moved to Vancouver from Montreal three years ago.
Since moving to BC, she loves spending time exploring the outdoors, whether it's hiking, paddling, skiing, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature. She also enjoys crafting in her spare time.

Magalee

Magalee

Youth Camp Coordinator

For the past three summers, Magalee has worked as a kayak instructor and guide in between studying Multidisciplinary Sciences in Kinesiology at UBC. When she is not kayaking or studying she can be found running, rock climbing/bouldering, working out, oil painting, or spending time with family and friends.

Getting a first-hand look at the transformative power paddling has on people’s lives is what constantly brings Magalee back to instructing and guiding. She loves encouraging people to get out of their comfort zone, try out a new skill, and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. Her favourite part of kayaking is the huge margin for improvement no matter what level someone is paddling at!

Mika

Mika

Basic Instructor

Mika is a Vancouver native and is in her third year of Civil Engineering at UBC. She hopes to eventually combine her passions for engineering and the ocean and work in the field of coastal engineering! She is starting her third season as a tour guide/instructor at Jericho Beach Kayak. In her spare time Mika is VERY passionate about playing ultimate frisbee in the VUL (Vancouver Ultimate League) as well as hiking, camping and playing ukulele.

Mike

Mike

Level 1 Instructor

Mike started paddling in the summer of 2016. Sea kayaking quickly became a major passion. Within 2 years he went from his first capsize to Paddle Canada Certified Instructor, Tour Leader and Guide. You can find an ongoing series of kayaking videos on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mmcholm1

Natalie

Natalie

Basic Instructor, Youth Camp Coordinator

Natalie is studying Political Science and French Literature at UBC and moved to Vancouver three years ago from Hood River, Oregon. In her spare time, she loves staying active outside by hiking, backpacking, paddling, and climbing. In the summer especially, she loves watching the sunrise or reading at the beach, and even brings her cat with her! With a love of the outdoors and a passion for environmentalism, Natalie is very excited to be joining the team as a Youth Camp Coordinator!

Philip

Philip

Level 1 Instructor, VHF Examiner

Philip has been messing about in small boats since he was a kid, and got into sea kayaking in the late 1980s, long before it was trendy. (He likes to imagine he helped make it trendy.)
Over the years, Philip has paddled on the Great Lakes, the eastern and western Canadian Arctic and through Norway’s beautiful Lofoten Islands. He’s also paddled most of the Inside Passage between Vancouver and Alaska on the installment plan, often on multi-week solo trips.
Philip runs westcoastpaddler.com, an online community for sea kayakers of all experience levels, especially those from BC, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He also blogs about kayaking, kayak sailing and kayak mods at philiptorrens.com. You can follow him on Instagram, where he’s kayakwriter.

Rita

Rita

Level 1 Instructor

Kayaking:
- Grounds me
- Connects me to nature and beautiful places
- Helps me unwind

I can relax while being physically active
AND I absolutely love to infect my students with the “KAYAKING BUG"

Rose

Rose

Level 1 Instructor

Rose has a deep love for the ocean and has been exploring that environment since childhood. In the past she travelled to warmer waters and instructed surfing in Australia before returning to Vancouver. Due to the lack of local waves, she began sea kayaking instructing in 2012. Since then, Rose has worked as a director, manager and instructor in various outdoor recreation and education organizations. She has had the privilege of supporting people to achieve personal and professional goals and is excited to help you achieve yours. During the last decade, she also enjoyed exploring the BC coast by kayak, most memorably in 2015 when she paddled with her partner from Bella Bella to Port Hardy one rainy September.

Shahd

Shahd

Basic Instructor, Administrative Assistant & Bookings Coordinator

Born and raised in Egypt, Shahd spent her summers growing up by the ocean, where she developed a love for being in the water. Shahd's favourite activities include baking, reading, watching Netflix, and spending time outdoors. She moved to Vancouver two years ago after graduating with a BA in Psychology from UBC. She is looking forward to a summer of paddling, hanging by the beach, and working alongside all the fantastic people at Jericho.

Tomo

Tomo

Basic Instructor

Growing up in Vancouver, Tomo was able to appreciate the various activities, between the mountains and the sea, that the city had to offer. After spending a decade in landlocked Alberta and several more years of indentured servitude to a family business, Tomo reconnected with Vancouver and the sea through kayaking. It was a serendipitous connection and Tomo was instantly hooked. Many kayaking trips and adventures later, Tomo's appreciation for kayaking was further enhanced when the opportunity to guide and instruct came up. For Tomo, Kayaking is a gateway to new experiences and self-examination.

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