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.
After growing up in BC and spending his young adulthood traveling and sailing throughout the world, Brady made Vancouver Island home. He has spent almost 20 years sharing ecological knowledge with visitors from around the world as a both an adventure tour guide and an environmental educator. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a B.Ed. he started teaching at Wickaninnish Community School and was the Education Coordinator at Raincoast Education Society. Brady came to environmentalism through what is likely the most conventional path; through outdoor pursuits. He grew up fly fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, skiing, and playing in the woods behind his house in the interior of BC. Like many in our community, it was through surfing that his love for the ocean developed. However, now surfing is only a small part of that passion. Inevitably, as his understanding of his environment grew, so did his interest and eventually his concern and sense of stewardship. Learning the natural and cultural history of an area as rich and diverse as Clayoquot Sound is a lifelong pursuit. Brady is excited to continue learning and in turn share that accumulated knowledge with others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael hails from the other side of Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley. Fishing has always been a part of Michael's life and he is passionate about every aspect of the natural environment that provides the backdrop for every fishing adventure. Michael also has a passion for green technology and holds two diplomas in renewable energy and is on his final year of a electrical engineering degree. When Michael isn't out on the water he is working to create new environmental monitoring technology and helping local small business with their green technology consulting. With a passion for the environment you can be sure that not only will you enjoy the fishing with Michael, he will also share his love of the environment with you. When Michael isn't fishing, look for him in the mountains snowboarding or next to a lake with his friends camping out.
Crysta grew up in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, paddling and exploring the lakes of her hometown. Her passion for marine wildlife and paddling led her to become a sea kayak and whale watching guide in Newfoundland. After finishing university, she ventured back to the ocean, this time to the west coast and has fallen in love with the wilderness and remoteness of Tofino. Crysta holds a degree in Zoology and loves to incorporate her knowledge of animals on tour, while instilling the importance of conservation and our impacts on wild ecosystems. When she isn't paddling around the inlets, Crysta can be found exploring the open coast, surfing or photographing the wildlife and beautiful landscapes of Clayoquot Sound.