Director of Kayak Development
Stephanie started kayaking ten years ago and developed an immediate passion for the sport. She promptly achieved her Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Skills Level I and II certifications, as well as taking the East Coast Outfitters' Guide Course. As a guide with East Coast Outfitters from 2013 - 2015, she shared her enthusiasm for kayaking with many tourists and locals during Half or Full Day tours, Ladies Night paddles and Kids Paddles.
Stephanie moved overseas to the State of Qatar, where she quickly located the kayaking tour company, AquaSports and joined the team from 2016 - 2017. Here, she had fun leading guided tours along the exotic coastal shores and visiting islands of the Persian Gulf.
Now back in Nova Scotia, Stephanie works for Hants County Regional Municipality as a member of their kayaking team, specializing in empowering those with Autism and at-risk youth to get out safely on the water kayaking and have fun!
Stephanie volunteered with The Big Swim in August, 2014 as kayak support - crossing the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. Two more of her most memorable kayaking moments was paddling Shubie River's Killer K during a neap tide - one day after the full moon and taking American singer and song-writer James Tayler and his son Henry sea kayaking during an afternoon stopover in Halifax, August of 2014, while traveling on the Queen Mary II cruise ship.
Stephanie's enthusiasm for kayaking is infectious! She is eager to share her enthusiasm for kayaking because of its many benefits both with physical health and mental health, as well as bringing families and communities together. She loves kayaking with her grandkids!
Stephanie's goals as Director of Kayak Development are to bring guided kayaking tours to communities across Nova Scotia, to make kayaking accessible to all populations, to promote boating safety regulations and self-rescue and assisted-rescue practices for recreational kayakers, to foster respect for the environment, to emphasize the physical and mental health/mindfulness benefits of kayaking towards creating healthy lifestyle habits, as well as encouraging Paddle Canada courses for those who want to further develop their kayaking skills, and finally one of her most favorite aspects of kayaking - is to have fun!