There is never a dull moment on the water for our guides, however, some moments are definitely more memorable than others. Below are some highlights from this past summer for our guides - Travis, Ronnie, and Brady.
Do you imagine a career that allows you to work outside in nature? Are you interested in conservation minded tourism?
The recipient would receive full funding for all certificates required to hole a guiding position. Including:
- Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC Level 1 or higher
- 40hr Wilderness First Aid or higher
- SVOP - Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate
- MEDA2 or MEDA3
- ROC - Radio Operator Certificate
We are a green business here at Ocean Outfitters, and we put a lot of energy and financial support into keeping our local environment clean. It is part of our core values as a company, and as individuals who spend every day on, or in the ocean. Which is why we were thrilled to hear that some of our guides have taken actions into their own hands, and have started a new organization, Clayoquot CleanUp, to initiate a major citizen-lead clean-up effort in our local waters.
The whale blows. It exhales a pungent mix of what lies below. Mysterious and ancient, its eye sees through you, casting a spell. You are humbled and entranced. It slowly evaporates into the salty depths with sunlight dancing across its sides until it disappears completely from sight but the feeling that it leaves lasts much longer. You want to follow. Their world is alive with song. Haunting beats, clicks, squeals… We may never comprehend the brilliance of such creatures and we feign to protect them. Mostly we ravage their heavenly bodies and watery existence. Hopefully, with education and conservation we can make a better world.
A friend recently shared with me that being anywhere near whales touches his core deeply and how much he would love to hear their thoughts. "Me too" I exclaim and this is true for many people. Even the possibility of seeing a whale is enough to draw the biggest land-lover out to sea. The experience of being on the ocean can be life changing. For many people, the ocean is a place that makes the imagination wild and despite how little we know, we are drawn by her tides and creatures we only hope to encounter. We flank her sides and seize the opportunity to head out exploring and adventuring. The ocean is full of mystery and depths unknown and unexplored.
I make no joke when I say that our guides have the best jobs on the planet. We keep a sightings board in our office. Sea stories about each day's discoveries are always thrilling. Recently, I asked a few of our guides about their favorite day on the water this season and this is what they shared. Enjoy!