Meet Our Team of Experienced Guides
With fourteen amazing guides on the team, you'll enjoy every minute of your exciting ocean adventure!
Oren was born on the beach and raised on Wickaninnish Island which harbors Tofino from the open Pacific Ocean. Oren guides both fishing charters and adventure programs for Ocean Outfitters.Being on the water is second nature to him. Almost every member of his family has worked at Ocean Outfitters and he has been a guide for Ocean Outfitters for six years now. Watching whales and exploring the coastline here still amazes Oren each and every day. He does the same things on his days off, except he usually has a fishing rod and a tent on board. Oren loves these waters and feels guiding is a great way to share the beauty of this place encouraging preservation of our oceans and our forests.
Ron grew up on the waters of the lower great lakes in Southern Ontario and spent the second half of his adolescent life in the Finger Lakes region of N.Y. on Canandaigua Lake. Once the practice goalie for Buffalo, hockey and cycling occupied his passions until venturing to the west coast where the ocean now commands his full attention. Hockey has been replaced with surfing. Between triathlon training, paddling out for a surf and on the water boating, most of his year is now spent on or around the ocean. Our guests love Ron. He is gentle yet watch his face light up when you ask him about marine mammals or local history! "Tofino has sparked so much imagination and passion for me. It's beauty is impeccable and it's history casts intriguing shadows…".
MITLONOVA (Misty) LAWSON
Misty Lawson has been driving tour boats for Ocean Outfitters for 10 years along with raising a young family and helping in her partner's float plane business. She was raised on an island that harbours Tofino from the open Pacific Ocean. She learns from the sea, the forests, wildlife and helps to protect and preserve the diverse life of Clayoquot Sound. If she’s not working you won’t run into Misty in town… she will be out in the Sound harvesting berries, exploring or frying a fish she just caught over a warm fire in a secluded bay. Misty’s awareness of west coast wildlife is shown in her enthusiasm and her love as well as her adept knowledge of the history and inter-connectedness of it all. Her unparalleled sense of adventure is infectious with a positive and in depth wisdom that comes from someone who was raised in the midst of the wilderness of this coast.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Kyler loves the outdoors including fishing, surfing, camping, and adventure. Kyler has a diploma in professional photo imaging. You’ll never find him far from his camera. Before he moved to Tofino, Kyler worked as a fishing guide and led photo workshops in Haida Gwaii. Kyler loves being on the water and has a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Clayoquot Sound. Kyler guides both our adventure programs and our fishing charters. We can thank Kyler for the stunning wildlife images in our Adventure Centre. He also has his own gallery in Tofino where you can purchase his images.
Satch grew up on Cortes Island at the entrance to desolation sound, where he was introduced to liquid locomotion at a very young age. From sailing all over B.C. to day trips in his back yard, he developed an appreciation and respect for the ocean that continues to grow today. After a brief stint in the city, Satch moved back to the island to study at the University of Victoria. He holds a degree in Geography with concentrations in coastal conservation, coastal and marine resource management, and whale ecology. Satch is a well-versed wilderness adventurer and educator and loves to share stories, experiences and facts about this abundant coastal zone. When Satch isn’t guiding, he is out on his 40’ aluminum cutter exploring the coast and pushing the limits of his rig. His passion for guiding comes from a deep connection with the sea, a place that will only continue to provide if it is respected and preserved.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island Jesse spent most of his summers from the age of 12 onward exploring in and around Tofino and Clayquot Sound. Jesse's passion for the coast, wildlife and driving boats was kindled by a local back to the land family. He nurtured his love of this coastline and adventurous spirit by surfing, camping, fishing and now he feels that being able to share it with our guests is a privilege. His ultimate goal is to share his knowledge and passion for the area instilling a sense of wonder and amazement for the delicate ecosystem of Clayquot Sound.
Kye was born raised in Tofino and thus discovered his passion for the outdoors at a young age. Kye spent his early childhood living with his family on remote Flores Island. Once in Tofino he took up surfing with his brother and friends and began traveling the world and exploring our coastline by boat for secret surf spots. Kye fell in love with all the wildlife he encountered along the way. When he was offered a job as a guide with Ocean Outfitters, he couldn't say no. Kye enjoys every part of showing visitors all the riches our coastline has to offer and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge of the area with you.
Ryan was born in the wilderness of Africa and raised on rugged Vancouver Island. His passion for adventure and true wilderness started at a young age and led him to guide people amongst wildlife. From horseback and dive safaris in Africa, to oceanic boat tours on the west coast of Canada, sharing special moments with guests and animals is a life long journey that he wants you to be part of.
Travis grew up on Vancouver Island and grew up sailing. After visiting Tofino for a weekend 8 years ago he is still here, leaving for only a short time to work on board a tall ship until he returned to Tofino and started with Ocean Outfitters. Travis lives aboard a sailboat with his wife and enjoys, surfing, camping, and paddle boarding. He is hopelessly captivated by this coastline and loves the opportunity to educate and to share what he has experienced with others.
Meet our charter manager and guide Captain Josh Temple. Josh is world renowned, and for good reason. Over two decades Josh has guided clients to record catches and tournament winning fish around the globe. With a staggering world record setting resume and eleven current world record catches to his credit, Josh has proven over and over again he is the best in the business. With 4 generations of fishing history in his blood, Josh lives fishing. Josh is a man doing what he was born to do, making him both passionate and successful. Josh has one goal in mind, to show you the most incredible fishing experience of your life!
Spencer attended outdoor adventure college where he became a Sea Kayak guide. His interest in the Tourism Industry was sparked which lead to a degree in Tourism Management. When Spencer takes visitors on a remote paddle through our pristine inlets, he can’t help but find himself feeling the same sense of excitement that they have. He loves his job for one reason… when he became a kayak guide, he never worked another day! Spencer is passionate about this serene place, as it is the last remaining great rainforest on Vancouver Island.
Erica was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Erica has grown up with a love for the west coast forests and waters. She has called Tofino home for the last 5 years, spending her winters sailing and swimming in the warmer waters of New Zealand and Australia. She recently graduated from West Coast Adventure College with certificates in sailing, kayaking and boating. Join Erica for tours around the inlet and over to Meares Island for a rainforest walk or a Lone Cone Hike!
Martin grew up on the coastline of Northern Germany. Since the age of two, he has aspired to be a cetacean researcher. Martin took a slight detour through a short marketing career mixed with extensive periods of travel. However, his love for the ocean grew and grew. He started positions deck handing, and acting on board naturalist in Tofino and now he guides our Meares Island programs. Take a ride with Martin!