The Green Coast Team
Bryce Klee. Owner & Guide.
Since I was just a pup I have been fascinated by wild creatures and the places they live. My parents can attest to the rows of carefully organized animal figurines that lined my bedroom, divided into their natural environments and likely poised for the hunter-prey showdown that would inevitably ensue. I was very fortunate to be exposed to nature throughout my childhood and will be forever grateful to my family for enabling so many inspiring moments.
After leaving the nest I spent a great deal of time travelling throughout South America, Asia, and Africa while experimenting with just about every job in the book. I was inspired to pursue tourism and guiding when I realized how well it combined my skills, passions, and ambitions. Haida Gwaii had been on my radar for years as a wild and mystical place to one day explore. So, given the opportunity to re-shape my vision for the future, I committed to ingraining myself in the culture, community, and environment of the archipelago about which I had so long been curious. Upon arriving in Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii I was inspired by the physical beauty of the landscape and the deep connection to nature that many of the inhabitants share. I have since found a very pleasant niche for myself within the community working as a Paramedic, assistant carpenter, and tree planter in the winter months and a professional sea kayak guide in the summer. This is my first season as the owner of Green Coast Kayaking and I am incredibly excited to embark on this journey and share in the natural and cultural treasure that Haida Gwaii has to offer with all my guests, family and friends (the distinction often gets blurry).
Amy Benskin. Guide.
Amy grew up in Victoria where she spent a great deal of her time playing in the ocean. Her passion for watersports led to a career instructing whitewater kayaking and canoeing, sea kayaking, and scuba diving. She has worked as an outdoor educator and guide all over Vancouver Island, mainland BC, Australia, and South East Asia, sharing her love of nature and drive for adventure with youth and adults who are striving for the same. Fall through spring, Amy is pursuing a Post Degree Program in Secondary Education at UVic while working at Ocean River Sports as a sea kayak guide and Adventure Centre Coordinator. She is also a whitewater canoeing and sea kayaking instructor for COLT (Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training), based out of Strathcona Park, and a scuba diving instructor for Rockfish Divers, based in Victoria.
Education is a true passion for Amy, and represents one of her greatest strengths as a Guide. Whether it be chart navigation, fire-building, or bird identification, Amy is always happy to share skills and knowledge with her guests; her kind demeanour makes her very easy to chat with.
Bobby Wheatley. Guide.
Bobby grew up north of Montreal where he was exposed to camping and winter sports from a young age and spent summers on the lake in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. A keen curiosity of natural environments and the creatures found therein continued to draw him outdoors, helping facilitate outdoor leadership classes, Scouts Canada trips, and instructing skiing and snowboarding for many years.
In 2013, Bobby enrolled in the Adventure Guide program at Thompson Rivers University where he was exposed to many new adventure activities, most notably sea kayaking which seemed to satisfy all his boyish interests. Since that fateful introduction, he has spent his summers paddling with Majestic Ocean Kayaking in Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and has assisted on expedition trips with Thompson Rivers University on the Central and North Coasts of British Columbia.
Bobby is keenly interested in the values of outdoor education and is always eager to extend that enthusiasm. As such, he is pursuing his guide trainer endorsements through the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. When not kayaking, he can be found surfing, snorkelling, or exploring the mountains of British Columbia.
Join Our Team
We are always interested in learning more about potential Lead and Assistant kayak guides. If you would like to guide with Green Coast in 2018, please e-mail us your cover letter and resume to begin a conversation. Please note that any applicant must have the appropriate certifications with either the ACSKG or the SKABC.