Freddy is a Seattle local who has been kayaking for 10 years in various parts of Alaska, Baja, and the Pacific Northwest. In the spring of 2010 he embarked on a 400+ mile paddle in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Freddy also recently graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Creative Expression in Ecological Education, and hopes to continue working and playing with students of all ages.
John was born in Spokane, Washington, but calls West Seattle home for now. He is a SUP instructor, SUP guide, and a Kayak guide for Alki Kayak Tours. John grew up in the outdoors and has it in his blood. His dad facilitated the love for nature by exposing him to the outdoors. He spends most of his free time kayaking around the PNW waters, but his season is winter, making his favorite outdoor activity skiing.
Kelsey was born and raised in Bellingham, WA where she grew up riding horses and spent the majority of her childhood traveling around the Pacific Northwest to rodeos and horse shows. There she also gained an appreciation for all things art and nature. My time was spent outside, from snowboarding and hiking at Mt. Baker to being on the water in Bellingham Bay and camping on the San Juan Islands. Her early twenties has been a blur of traveling and working seasonal jobs in places like California, Montana, Colorado, Maui and Alaska where she spent one summer at a kayak outfitter and another as a deckhand on a wildlife tour boat. Kelsey is currently residing in Seattle and going to school for graphic design. Depending on the season, she likes to spend most of my time snowboarding, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and my most recent hobby, mountain biking. Her greatest loves in life are mountains, water, Jameson and her dog, Tucker.
Amanda lee was born in Honolulu, HI spending her youth in and on the water fishing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and much more! At age 13 she was a youth sailing instructor in the Ala Y just west of Waikiki. Amanda has lived in the PNW for close to 10 years on and off. She is a certified instructor for the American Red Cross. She enjoys kayaking in the greater Seattle area, paddle boarding, sailing and just being by the water!
Born in Minnesota, Amy Young grew up sailing and paddling fresh water lakes and has spent significant time in the Boundary Waters that divides Canada and Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she enrolled in outdoor leadership training and became a certified guide. Amy’s life-long love of open water and the outdoors lead her to Alaska in 1991, where she has guided adventure and mindfulness retreats. Her favorite trips are those that explore remote and beautiful wilderness areas such as the Arctic Natural Wildlife Reserve and Prince William Sound. Amy now calls Seattle home and is excited to share her love of paddling the open water with friends and visitors of Alki Kayak Tours.
As a child Kevin spent countless hours exploring, observing, swimming and fishing on the lands and waters of Lake Erie. Curious and thankful for the generations that came before us Kevin received a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Noticing a connection with his childhood and the next generation of kids, Kevin became a Resident Naturalist for the Juneau School District and the Marin County Outdoor School. Playing with the ideas of awareness and inquiry based learning Kevin continued his schooling at the Wilderness Awareness School. He received a certification having completed Kamana Four a three year nature study, which included Anake the 9 month residential naturalist training program.
Due to his experience kayaking in Alaska and the Baja, Kevin has extensive experience on expedition adventures. He enjoys spending time on the water with people new to kayaking. Kevin is always up for a chat about human or natural history of the area.
A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Wendy has paddled in Atlantic Canada, Maine, other east coast destinations, the Great Lakes, Chile, New Zealand and a 1100 mile paddle in the Canadian Arctic. She recently moved to Washington and is eager to explore the abundant waterways of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to paddling, she is an ER/ICU nurse, former flight nurse, hiker, climber and a motorcycle enthusiast. Wendy loves to teach and introduce others to the joy of being on the water and hold an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor’s Certificate.