The most important resource you have in the field is your kayak guide. That's why we've taken a major step beyond ordinary kayak tour companies in selecting and training our guides. Our expedition leaders are chosen not only for their extensive experience in outdoor instruction, but also for their comprehensive knowledge of natural history. Our kayak trips feature guides with academic credentials and often publications in their field of study. Sea Quest guides are committed to provide you with the best experience possible - you will find them knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient, reliable, and above all, fun!
Click on the photos to learn more about some of our kayak guides.
"I don't have enough praise for your staff, they made the kayak trip! Their joy and enthusiasm, wit and intelligence, and superior people skills surpass any guided trip I've taken before - diving trips, Outward Bound, all of them." Anne Norton, Wasilla, AK
Our San Juan Island kayaking guides are primarily biologists and environmental scientists. They will make sure that you see the most and learn as much as your curiosity demands. Our guides are gifted naturalists, teachers, camp cooks, and trip leaders who have dedicated themselves to continually improve their skills. Our sea kayak guides undergo the most rigorous and lengthy training program of any kayak outfitter on San Juan Island. In addition to the previous experience they bring, our guides must spend two full weeks in our own intensive kayak guide school. Most other outfitters in this region spend only one to three days (if any) in preparing their kayak guides for this demanding occupation.
We Will Take Care of You on a Sea Quest Kayak Tour
Your safety and well-being is our most important goal. Our kayak guides are experienced in making our outdoor adventures exciting and stimulating, yet with a very low risk factor. Their professional training and judgment, combined with careful preparation assures this. In addition, every kayak guide carries a marine radiotelephone to summon assistance should it be needed. It can also help in the event one of your loved ones at home wishes to contact you.
One of the pleasures of guiding sea kayaking trips is getting to know a variety of people, all of whom enjoy the outdoors and moving lightly through it. It's a great way to make new friends.
Click the photos to learn more about some of our kayak guides.
Sandy Chancey - Tracker, survival trainer, ski instructor & kayak guide in the San Juan Islands. Anyone have a photo of her in action? Please send it!
More pages are coming soon for Evan "Shark" Barnett, Charlie "Howling Wolf" Waterman, Pete "Sunny" Sundberg, Sarah "Sinner" Sinn-White, Trey Hares, and others. Let us know if you have any good stories or photos of them that you'd like to share!
Keep in touch with your guide via our Facebook page where you can post messages and photos to them and keep up with recent Sea Quest news. Read this blog article written by a kayak guide and office staffer to find out what our guides do on their days off!
We now have sea kayak guide jobs and office positions open for the San Juan Island kayaking season, spring through fall. Please click here for details if you are interested in applying and be sure to contact us soon!