ISKGA Status : Registered Guide
Location: Victoria , British Colombia , Canada
Raised on the Pacific shores of Vancouver Island, Canada, Kate’s passion for the water comes as no surprise! After first experiencing the freedom kayaking can offer at the impressionable age of 12, she’s since embraced a paddling centric lifestyle. This path sees her constantly expanding her technical skills and sharing her infectious enthusiasm for all disciplines of paddle sports.
Kate graduated from Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program in 2005 while gathering experience paddling the white water rivers and expansive lakes of Northern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. She has turned her passion into a career working as an Outdoor Educator, Kayak Instructor and Expedition Guide both in commercial, adaptive and private settings.
Her nomadic spirit has lead her to Patagonia, Chile, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and deeper into her own native land of Canada to paddle new waters. Her extensive travels have provided her with an opportunity to hone her instructional and coaching skills while working with youth and adults from around the world. As a member of the Hurricane Riders, Kate has been seeking out big waves and dynamic tidal waters while also documenting the journeys on film and video.
Kate currently lives on Vancouver Island and primarily teaches and guides with SKILS.ca. Kate is involved with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and works as a Level 4 Guide, Guide Trainer & Examiner with this leading organization. She also works within the Paddle Canada scheme as a Sea Kayak Level 2 Instructor (Level 3 Aspirant) and with the CKC as a Whitewater Instructor Level 2. She brings over 15 years of paddling experience from sea to river and from surf to tide race, always with a spark of excitement and an eye for safety. Kate is an inspired paddler, always excited to share the water with others who have a passion for it and the paddle that moves through it.