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.”
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.
Summer intern Sandra Luken is Geographical Information Systems software consultant in Ottawa. However, she talks more about paddling than what she does at work. Whether it’s racing Dragon Boats, guiding canoe trips in Algonquin Park, or running whitewater rivers, she is always up for an adventure. “I have had several opportunities to paddle with Seascape in St. Andrews and Deer Island,” she said. “I have great respect for their guides’ leadership capabilities and trip philosophies, and their passion for the natural environment is certainly contagious. Interning is a way for me is a way to help impart the love of sea kayaking and the Bay of Fundy to others.”
Stephanie White 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.
Tammi Winchester “I always feel a sense of coming home in the Maritimes,” says Tammi, a guide-in-training who was born in New Brunswick but relocated at an early age. She has been involved in sports her whole life, but kayaking only a few years. Tammi has worked for Johnson & Johnson for 15 years in many roles, repeatedly returning to the Consumer Exchange where she can directly impact customers’ experiences. “Kayaking takes me to a physical and emotional place that no other activity can,” she says. “Sharing this experience with visitors in the rich environment of the Bay of Fundy is an opportunity I could not pass up.”