Who We Are

Eva

Eva

School & Operations Director, Level 1 Instructor, Basic Instructor Trainer

Eva went into kayaking through starting to play kayak polo in 2004. From there, she 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.

Eva loves to share her passion with beginner and intermediate kayakers and help enable them to discover the world of kayaking. She also thoroughly enjoys coaching and supporting new instructors. Outside of work she loves to kayak as well and has already taken her 3 young kids on several trips around BC. Being able to discover beautiful places in the wilderness that are only accessible by boat, camp on serene beaches and listening to the ocean while falling asleep, watch and enjoy the wildlife, as well as experiencing the beautiful calmness or the crazy force of the ocean is what continues to draw her 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!

Alex

Alex

School & Operations Assistant, Level 1 Instructor

This is Alex 4th season working full time as a kayaking instructor. She is absolutely phenomenal at connecting with anybody and making everybody feel comfortable.

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.

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.

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.

Lauren

Lauren

Assistant Rental Manager

Lauren’s love for the outdoors started when she was very young.
Living in Vancouver her whole life has allowed her to explore many beautiful mountains and beaches.
When she is not studying at UBC, she enjoys hiking, biking, and surrounding herself with people who share her love of nature.

Mike

Mike

Level 3 Instructor, Level 2 Instructor Trainer

Mike grew up in Eastern Canada paddling rowboats and canoes. Taking up sea kayaking was a no-brainer living on the West Coast. Mike has made his home in Richmond for the last 30 years and travels to Vancouver Island as often as possible for some of the best and most varied ocean conditions for sea kayaking, canoeing and standup paddle boarding.

Mike is certified as a Day Guide and trained as an Overnight Guide with SKGABC (Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC). He is a Level 2 Instructor Trainer, Level 3 Instructor holding a Level 4 Skills Certification with Paddle Canada. He is also a PaddleSmart Presenter Trainer and a Registered Examiner for VHF Marine Radio.
He has always lived with two mottos in mind: Become better than your best, and Get inspired. Be inspired. Inspire others.

Philip

Philip

Basic Instructor

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. In more recent decades, he’s focused on the Pacific Northwest. He’s paddled most of the Inside Passage between Vancouver and Alaska on the installment plan, often on multi-week solo trips.
Philip began guiding and instructing several years ago and is Paddle Canada certified as a Basic Sea Kayak Instructor and a Level 2 Skills Sea Kayaker. He’s also a Canadian Power Squadron Registered Examiner for the Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) VHF course.
He blogs about kayaking, kayak sailing and kayak mods at philiptorrens.com. On Instagram, he’s kayakwriter.

Rita

Rita

Level 1 Instructor

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