Frank Postma has been engaged in a progressive learning experience with Paddle Canada and its certification scheme since 2006. Rising up through three of the recognized streams, Frank has attained PC Level 3 Skills, Sea Kayak Instructor Level 1 and Intermediate White Water Certification. He also holds his Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate and Marine VHF Operators Certificate. His ambition is to keep advancing.
Since moving with his family from the Netherlands, to Canada in 2003, Frank has spent countless hours exploring the waters of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Maine. Frank has enjoyed further learning and experience by participating in regional symposiums. He is always pushing his comfort zone under the guidance of highly respected coaches. Frank has also benefited from several sea kayaking expeditions in Newfoundland, Baja and Costa Rica. Using his local paddling experience, Frank has spent a number of years as a senior sea kayak guide with a respected Tour Operator in the province.
Frank has enthusiastically embraced the challenges that sea kayakers face when learning new skills and gaining experience in different waters and dynamic conditions. Recently Frank has been encouraged to share his enthusiasm and experience with sea kayakers new to this wonderful sport. He fully recognizes the importance of allowing kayakers to learn, and constantly reassesses their comfort in challenging situations and conditions. Frank is delighted to be joining the coaching team at the WISKS 2020.
2020 will see Frank sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for paddling assisting on courses hosted by Outdoors NB Inc, Cloud 9 Adventures, Sea Kayak Moncton Inc and TnT Kayaking.
Has progressed quickly in Kayaking. His positive outlook on life and joking personality makes him a welcome member of any group on or off the water. He works as a carpenter and is not afraid of hard work. Steven is a product of Committed 2 the Core Sea Kayak coaching long-term student program and has put a lot of effort into his own personal paddling development. He is a Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor, Level 2 Skills, has an Intermediate White Water Certificate and holds a SKGABC Level 1 Guide Certificate. For the past two years he's been a volunteer coach for the Shelburne Kayak Festival. He enjoys working with new paddlers and old friends. Steven doesn't believe in bad days on and off the water and takes a positive outlook on life.
Luciano (Luke) Rovner, a sea kayak instructor and filmmaker. I combined my experience as a photo and video professional with my love of kayaking and started Kayak Hipster, with the goal of capturing outdoor adventures and sharing kayaking tips.
Adam Tremblay East Coast Kayak School Saint John, New Brunswick Certifications: Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor Basic Kayak, River Kayak Instructor Intermediate, River Kayak Instructor Advanced, River Kayak Instructor Beginner, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor Advanced Flatwater, Kayak Rolling Instructor Adam has been a resident kayaker of the greater Saint John area for the past 30 years. He has had the fourtaine of being taught from a young age white water/sea kayaking by his father Richard Tremblay and have had the privilege to do the same with his own son Issac. Of the various locations Adam has had opportunity to paddle both locally and internationally, Saint John’s Reversing Falls remains a backyard favorite, offering up big water play and no lines of paddlers to sit behind while waiting to catch a surf. New Brunswick as a whole being littered with white water rivers and coastal gem has been a never ending playground of paddling opportunities for Adam. The past 20 years Adam have dedicated a significant portion of his paddle time to the instruction of paddle sports to people of all ages. Adam is dedicated to the fostering of paddle culture, safe, quality instruction that is fun, engaging and effective learning experience to all. Aside from paddling, while anything out of doors Adam has a keen interest in; he spends what remainder of his time as an avid trail runner and loves to run ultra races. When not running, padding or instructing others on the water, Adam works passionately in mental health as a licensed therapist/counsellor in the not for profit sector. Down time if there is any Adam spends friends,family and awesome lab named Whistler.
After being born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, it is no surprise that Daniel has an attraction to the outdoors. He first paddled his uncle’s kayak at around the age of ten and fell in love with the freedom and speed that the craft provided “I am fortunate to be living in Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground, which accommodates the world’s highest recorded tidal range. Enjoying the diversity of sea kayaking and the seemingly endless adventures that can be pursued, Daniel is dedicated to promoting the sport to others and sharing the experiences. Daniel is a Paddle Canada Instructor and member of TeamCore coaching staff for Committed2theCore Sea Kayak Coaching based in Atlantic Canada. Daniel is also a Team member of Lendal North America and P&H Custom Sea Kayaks.
Jeremy Cline is the Executive Director of the West Isles Sea Kayak Symposium, NB Director of Paddle Canada, Past President of Canoe Kayak New Brunswick, Past VP kayaking of the Fundy Paddlers Club and owner of OutdoorsNB Inc. He holds a Paddle Canada Level 3 Skills, is a Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Coach and Aspirant Level 2 coach.
To say Nick loves paddling is the understatement of the century. He got his start at the age of 8, paddling around Plymouth Massachusetts. By 11 he was rolling his sea kayak almost Constantly; his parents swimming pool was used for rolling practice and before long he was playing in the surf at local beaches. At age 14 he started working as an assistant instructor at a kayak camp for kids based in Southern Massachusetts. Since then he’s spent many summers teaching, guiding and sharing his love for nature and kayaking with folks of all ages and paddling backgrounds. Through college Nick picked up whitewater kayaking and that quickly became his go to for an adrenaline rush. In recent years he’s come back to sea boating but still looks forward to creeking in the spring. At 26, he is now a registered Maine Sea Kayak guide and has guided in Prince William sound, Alaska
Gordo grew up in the 1970′s where he was told from a young age, “It’s nice outside. Go out and play.” So, he did. Gordo has backpacked on the AT (not the whole thing, but parts of it) and around Mt Rainier, biked a century, rock climbed in Acadia NP, camped at a National Boy Scout Jamboree, hiked to within a hair’s breadth of Half Dome in Yosemite, played beach volleyball on the Atlantic coast, snowshoed in the Maine woods, kayaked in and around the Maine Coast, Monterey Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico, mountain biked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and photographed in dozens of national parks. Not a day goes by that Gordo doesn’t think about/dream of/plan for his next outdoor adventure.
In 2007, Gordo moved to the coast of Maine and began sea kayaking shortly thereafter. Since then, he’s guided for local outfitters in Bar Harbor and Dear Isle and instructed for Pinniped Kayak in Ellsworth, and was an assistant instructor at WISKS in 2018. He’s an ACA L4 paddler, an ACA L3 instructor, and a registered Maine sea kayak guide. He is most at home playing in waves and in and around rock gardens. He can’t wait to share his passion and knowledge of moving water at WISKS in 2020. Won’t you come out and join him for this most excellent adventure.
Bryana, more commonly known as “Bry" (like the cheese), has been a Maritimer since 2013. She grew up in western Canada (AB), started sea kayaking and outdoor instructing in Ontario out on the Great Lakes, and now calls Fredericton, NB home. When she’s not working as a full-time public school French Immersion Teacher, you can find her kayaking and hiking along the Fundy coastline or paddling with the Committed 2 the Core team. Bry is enthusiastically positive and is notorious for making paddlers of all ages and experience levels smile excessively while paddling. She is a Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayaker, a Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor, WFR certified and a fun-coordinator. She loves going on expeditions, bonding with fellow outdoor enthusiasts over coffee, as well as ripping it up at the tide race.
Lee Richardson is a sea kayaking guide at SKILS and Ocean River. He has been a a professional sports coach since he was teenager. His academic achievements include degrees in Environmental Science and Education. A love for outdoor activities and adventure sports led him to sea kayaking in 2009, and soon after he joined the Ocean River team, where he found a home to pursue his passion of teaching sea kayaking. He currently owns Richardson Sport Inc. in Victoria, is the founder of EcoQuest Adventures (www.ecoquestadventures.ca). His expertise in this field has him consulting as a staff trainer for other companies in the recreation industry. Lee currently holds certifications of Paddle Canada Level 4 Skills, and Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 3 Instructor. and Paddle Canada Basic Instructor Trainer. Lee Has experience coaching all over the world and is excited to bring his expertise to the sport. He enjoys rough water paddling, taking his family on kayak trips throughout Vancouver Island, and kayak fishing. Recently he has picked up riding dirt bikes with his boys.
Adam Constantine is the one you often hear laughing on and off the water. It has been said that it even carries as far as a province away. His number one goal has always been helping others to have as much fun on the water as he has. He is a lead guide with RiverBay Adventures which offers excursions and instruction all along the New Brunswick side of the, Bay of Fundy coastline. Adam is a family man first, he is married to his lovely saint of a wife Lorilee and has 4 children, Sam, Emma, Leah, and Anna. Adam is a professional fire fighter with the City of Saint John, when he’s not working or with his family you can usually find him on the water looking for waves, rocks and tide races. Adam recently began his journey as a Paddle Canada Instructor to share his love of the ocean with everyone and anyone willing to learn. He currently holds certification as a Level 1 Coach, with a goal to always keep learning and growing. Adam is an Ambassador along side his team mate and friend Peter Lavigne for Current Designs, Level Six, Aquabound, and Salus Marine. Adam’s job has given him the ability to carry many certifications that transfer well to Sea Kayaking. He is a Technical Rescue Tech, Marine Rescue Team, Emergency Medical Responder among other certs. Adam has taken part in instruction at the West Isles Sea Kayak Symposium on Campobello Island, Kayak Ontario Skills Weekend, and is slated to partner with Jarrod Gunn McQuillan, of Cloud 9 Adventures next season on various courses and sessions. Adam’s number one goal is to be inclusive and encouraging on and off the water and to offer a tonne of fun and laughs from the start to finish of every session.
Jarrod Gunn McQuillan
Jarrod Gunn McQuillan is the owner/operator of Cloud 9 Adventures and lives in Morell, PEI with his wife Heather, and their two children Finlay and Emma. Cloud 9 Adventures focuses on offering high quality sea kayak coaching and instruction to all levels and abilities throughout the Maritime Provinces. Jarrod loves the opportunity to introduce kayaking to first time paddlers, as well as work with individuals looking to develop and refine their skills. His personal approach and positive attitude make his programs fun and engaging.
He is dedicated to his personal skill and coaching development and has had the pleasure of coaching at paddling symposiums and leading expeditions and paddling in rough water locations in Maine, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica and throughout the Maritime Provinces of Canada. He is a proud member of the Stohlquist Canada Pro Team and is a Current Designs Kayaks Ambassador and Lendal North America Paddles Ambassador. Jarrod is also proudly the Regional Representative for Prince Edward Island on the Paddle Canada Board of Directors.
Don Urquhart has been sea kayaking since 2003. He enjoys leading groups, navigating, instructing, and especially kayak photography. He has paddled in remote areas of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec and Baja, Mexico. Don holds a Paddle Canada Level 2 certification, and is a flat water Paddle Canada instructor.
Trevor is the co-owner of TnT Kayaking with his wife Trudy. Growing up on the east coast he always had a strong passion for the ocean which led him to kayaking and it is now what consumes him in his free time. You can usually find him surfing beach breaks along the Atlantic coast, working tide races in the Bay of Fundy, playing in the rock gardens beside the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and now running rivers in white water kayaks around Nova Scotia. Trevor is a Sea Kayak level 2 and Rolling Instructor which allows him the opportunity to introduce kayaking to new people as well as refine fundamental skills with other paddlers. He has the honor of being on the Jackson Kayak Exploration Team and is a Stohlquist Waterware Ambassador. Trevor is also a proud serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces for the last 25 years
Christopher is the Outdoor School Director for Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport ME and has been a registered Maine sea kayaking guide since 2001 and a rec guide since 2004. He is an ACA instructor and has earned his BCU 4* award. He has been instructing everything from level 1 basic strokes and rescues up to level 5 tidal current workshops for the past 8 years including training paddlers to be Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guides. He is nationally board certified in sports medicine/ Athletic Training. When Christopher is not on the water he is a Trainer and Physical Education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School and the lead singer in the Van Halen tribute band Balance. He currently lives in Searsport, ME with his wife Jeannine and their 3 dogs. He is also a member of the Jackson Explore team and Committed 2 the Core's "Team Core".
Nate Hanson's enthusiasm for kayaking is hard to hide. With an encouraging teaching style, he enjoys helping students discover new possibilities in a sea kayak, working with each individual to attain his or her own personal paddling goals - whether that's surfing a tide race, or simply getting into a boat without tipping over. The owner of Pinniped Kayak, Nate spends most of his time teaching and paddling on the waters surrounding Acadia National Park in Downeast Maine. The sport of sea kayaking has also brought him around the globe to the coasts of Chile, Croatia, Scotland and more.
Nate's credentials include: ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer, ACA L4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor, BCU 4-Star Sea Leader. He is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WMA). He has served as an instructor at the East Coast Paddlesports Symposium, Symposio de Kayak del Pacifico Sur, the Bay Of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium, the Western Isles Sea Kayak Symposium, and the Downeast Sea Kayak Symposium. Nate is proud to be a Team Paddler for P&H Custom Sea Kayaks.