An outdoor education teacher at Montreal’s Vanier College, Guy enjoys helping people learn about themselves through experiences in nature. He’s been a senior Seascape guide and guide instructor around Deer Island, St. Andrews and the Bay of Exploits in Newfoundland since 1995. He describes himself as preferring the journey to the destination and likes to teach presence of mind by making students aware of all five senses. Although he’ll admit to being a “sea kayaker,” he says, “It’s the places Seascape Kayak Tours goes and the joy of our clients that carry the magic of paddling for me. I’ll ride shotgun with Bruce and his team of guides anywhere, anytime.”
Thomas comes from a diverse background in agriculture, tourism, and conservation, and besides bringing this wealth of knowledge to the Seascape team his photography is bound to grace future blog entries, the website, and the newsletter. Together with a strategic marketing role, Thomas will be a crucial part of the guide team throughout the season in Costa Rica, where his love for wild places and the ocean will surely be a part of destination interpretation. When not exploring the water with a fly rod, surfboard, or kayak, Thomas spends much of his time propagating and caring for an immense cacti collection – one of Costa Rica’s largest!
Harry & Angela
Harry and Angela are both very excited about being part of the Seascape family this coming season on Deer Island. Both born and raised in Saint John on the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, they are looking forward to learning from Seascape’s staff and guests as well as sharing their own personal experience and knowledge. Harry has a spent a lot of time on the ocean doing his kayak guide training in Clayquot Sound on Canada’s west coast.
Angela spends as much time as she can outdoors and has developed a “love at first sight” relationship with the Fundy Isles. She graduated from McGill University as a Registered Dietician. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness and has recently completed a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Instructor program.
Hailing from Newfoundland, Greg has taught outdoor education at Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic and Grenfell College. He has led kayak and remote hiking trips for over 30 years in Newfoundland, northern Labrador (Torngat Mountains) and more recently in New Brunswick. Greg loves to entertain with his guitar around the campfire and singing folk songs. A longtime student of traditional cooking, Greg relishes serving up fresh bread, berry-filled pancakes, and steaming seafood over the hot coals of the fire pit.
Adrian (left) and Alberto Martinez (right)
Known amongst Seascape aficionados as “The Twins,” Adrian and Alberto Martinez were born in Costa Rica, then lived in the Dominican Republic as children, where their father was an ambassador. They returned to Costa Rica some years later, but not before discovering an interest in travel, tourism and other cultures. Both are certified guides and run a transportation company called Express Bus, which Seascape utilizes for many of its Costa Rica experiences. The brothers founded Express Bus in 2000 with the mission to improve the existing transportation services in Costa Rica and with a focus on providing a personalized experience and excellent customer service for travelers. “The bulk of our work is done behind the scenes, before the tourist arrives and begins their journey,” explains Adrian. Alberto says, “We like to work with Bruce since Seascape and Express Bus share the same values and thoughts about quality customer service, focusing on protecting nature and giving travelers a sense of the true Costa Rican way of life.” Alberto has studied and worked in Costa Rica and Finland and is certified as a General Tour Guide for Costa Rica from the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (National Institute for Learning) and also has a degree as Naturalist Tour Guide from the Instituto de Biodiversidad (Institute of Biodiversity). Adrian has studied and worked in Costa Rica, Iceland and Germany, and holds a degree as a General Tour Guide for Costa Rica from the I.N.A. and also has acquired a variety of certifications related to the Natural History of Costa Rica. Express Bus also helps Seascape with planning and executing our clients’ pre- and post-trip extensions, which take them to other attractions in Costa Rica, such as volcanos and national parks.
Stephanie White is a senior guide with Seascape, both on Deer Island and in Baja Mexico. She first became involved with the company from 1994 to 1997 when she co-managed Paddling South, a sea kayak tour operator in Baja. Steph created Gopher Adventures, Ltd. to provide quality outdoor skills instruction in central Ohio and has been an instructor, guide and administrator with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming. Offering adventure trips in various paddling destinations throughout the world, Stephanie shares her extensive experience as an outdoor education instructor, expedition leader and adventure travel guide. Her network of outfitter contacts and in-depth knowledge of activities and destinations provides a unique collection of enjoyable and educational adventures.
Lauri is a certified and registered experienced-level yoga teacher, a member of the Academy of Dance/Movement Therapists Registered, a Board Certified Movement Therapist and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is co-President of the YTA (Yoga Teachers’ Association) and is an adjunct professor at Pace University and has served as guest faculty at the College of New Rochelle. Combining yoga and kayaking has been an interest of Lauri’s since kayaking for the first time with Seascape in Canada. Lauri began to work with Bruce Smith, the founder of Seascape Kayak Tours in 2009. She has co-led several trips in both Canada and Costa Rica and loves sharing these special places with others. READ MORE ABOUT KAYOGA TRIPS