Stefanie successfully transitioned to a full time career in the outdoor industry in 2015. As the manager of Second Nature Outdoors, she splits her time between instructing and guiding group paddles on the Saint John River. As a rower, kayaker, and big canoe guide, she rarely leaves the Small Craft Aquatic Centre in Fredericton, unless it’s to be on the river. A certified early riser, Stefanie’s favourite time to paddle is as the sun rises.
Mike has been guiding multi-day sea kayaking trips on the Bay of Fundy since 1998. He is the co-owner of Red Rock Adventure in St. Martins, N.B. along the Fundy Trail coastline offering sea kayaking and hiking tours. He is also the Outdoor Education Director and Outward Bound Program Coordinator at Rothesay Netherwood School in Rothesay, N.B. There he organizes a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities. He is a Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor, Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Responder, and Swift Water Rescue Technician.
Nancy is a Paddle Canada Canoe Instructor with certification in Intro to Tandem Canoeing, Intro to Solo Canoeing and Intro to Style Paddling.Her passion for canoeing takes her on many rivers and lakes in this beautiful province. She recently took up photography so her camera is an important item in the canoe.
She has experience working on the board of the Fundy Paddlers Club, the NB Paddling Symposium, National Paddling Week events, paddling opportunities for individuals with special needs and just passing on her enthusiasm to get people in boats.Nancy works as an education assistant in an elementary school.
Jeremy holds a Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills certification, is a Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor, holds a Transport Canada Marine Emergency Duties A-2 certificate, has successfully completed Transport Canada Chartwork and Pilotage 061, holds a BCU Open Water Navigation Certificate, a Industry Canada VHF Operators License and holds a Canadian Red Cross Medical First Responder Certificate.
Jeremy is the Executive Director of CKNB's West Isles Sea Kayak Symposium and Co-Owner of OutdoorsNB Inc.
I am a moving water enthusiast. Most of my time in a canoe is spent on rivers either hitting up some white water or canoe camping with friends and family. I enjoy meeting new people with similar interests and helping people learn new things.
Shaun is an Intro, Level 1 and Level 2 Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Instructor and has been sea kayaking since 1999. Shaun currently holds a Paddle Canada Level 4 sea kayak skills, a British Canoe Union 4 Star Sea Kayak leader award and a Red Cross wilderness remote first responder certificate. During the paddling season he is the manager of Baymount Outdoor Adventures Inc., who offer sea kayaking trips around the Hopewell Rocks, he also leads 3 to 5 day sea kayaking trips around the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Highlands and Cape Chignecto for Coastal Adventures inc. who are based out of Tangiers Nova Scotia. His goal as a sea kayaking coach is to help you improve your sea kayaking skills in order to make you a more skilled, safer and more confident paddler.
Denise and her husband Gig are both outdoor educators with over 50 years of combined teaching experience. They have won various awards for woodlot management, forest stewardship education and canoeing. Denise and Gig have national instructor certification in canoeing and kayaking.
Tim began paddling (badly, by his own admission) in 1972 on the Miramichi. Since then he has established and outdoor retail business, Eddy Out Depot. Tim is a qualified Flatwater Water, Moving Water, Solo Canoe Poling, and Sea Kayak 1 Instructor. He's also a Big Canoe Leader Advanced. Tim has co-lead canoe courses for The Department of Natural Resources, NBCC, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, and Girl Guides. Since his retirement from social work in 2005, he has taken an active role in promoting safe recreational paddling through schools and clubs.
Tim has served several executive roles with CKNB (including president). Presently, he is co-chair of the CKNB Heritage Committee that is focused restoration of some Ancient Portage Trails in New Brunswick.
Gig and his wife Denise are both outdoor educators with over 50 years of combined teaching experience. They have won various awards for woodlot management, forest stewardship education and canoeing. Gig and Denise have national instructor certification in canoeing and kayaking. Gig is CKNB's long standing Technical Director, and we need him!
Rob is an career outdoor adventure instructor. Teaching at the college level for 20-years. Rob holds Instructor-Trainer certifications with Paddle Canada in Canoeing/SUP/Sea & River Kayaking. Rob is also an active Wilderness First Aid Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, BCU 4-Star, and Climbing Instructor. Rob makes his living with his year-round outdoor adventure business, Maritime DayTripping, is the Park Manager for New River Beach and Herring Cove Provincial Parks, and as an Adjunct College Instructor with the Adventure Recreation & Tourism Program at Washington County Community College in Calais, Maine.
Ryan is from Florenceville, NB in Canada. He is a Paddle Canada sea kayak Level 4 paddler and a Paddle Canada sea kayak Level 2 Instructor. He has taken BCU coastal water and open water navigation courses and holds an advanced remote first responder certificate.
Ryan is a lead kayak guide for Quark Expeditions, where he leads trips in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, Greenland and Svalbard. Ryan has just begun offering coaching from Intro to sea kayaking, Level 1 sea kayaking and level 2 sea kayaking. He has a keen interest in navigation and is looking to offer navigation clinics as well.
"I love to be outside. I am fortunate to be able to spend my winters in Antarctica, SG and Falklands. I am just as fortunate to call the Bay of Fundy home."
I am a Moving Water Canoe Instructor, Canoe Poling Instructor, and Lake Canoe Instructor. I am an avid paddler spending most of my time on rivers either in a canoe or kayak. I love paddling all kinds of water and have a passion for moving water. I enjoy sharing my passion for boating with new and old paddlers.
I have been a voluntary instructor in outdoor skills for youth and adults for over 25 years. The goal in offering lake water canoe courses is to build confidence in participants. Nothing is more gratifying than to see people discover this new skill and incorporate it into their outdoor life style.
Kevin is a retired teacher who has been "messing around in boats" since he was a teen. Kevin taught canoe and outdoor skills for 20 years in the N. B. school system as well as for N. B. Ground Search and Rescue. He has paddled extensively in northern Quebec and Labrador and also teaches at the Maine Canoe Symposium each June. Kevin's current Paddle Canada and CKNB certifications include Big Canoe Instructor, Moving Water Instructor as well as Instructor Trainer status for Flat Water, Lake Water and Canoe Poling. "Keep the open side up!" -Kevin SIlliker
28 years paddle experience, 17 years of instruction
I have been a resident white water kayak of the greater Saint John area for the past 28 years. Of the various locations I have had the opportunity to paddle both locally and internationally, Saint John’s Reversing Falls remains a back yard favorite. New Brunswick as a whole it littered with white water gems ranging from fun for the family to flat out epic, I never tire of experiencing what our province has to offer.
The past 17 years have I have dedicated a portion of my paddle time to the instruction of kayaking to people of all ages. I am dedicated to the fostering of paddle culture, safe, quality instruction that is also fun , engaging and effective learning experience to all.