Meet Our Guides

Our Registered Maine Guide Staff

National Park Sea Kayak has a team of veteran Sea Kayak Guides. Our professional and experienced staff is often blessed with a high return rate from season to season.

National Park Sea Kayak conducts an extensive program each kayak season with emphasis on: emergency procedures, communication, ethics, wildlife, navigation, pre-trip briefing, island use and the like. Our veteran staff with many, many years guiding experience prides itself with the opportunity to hone skills and get ready for the upcoming season. Guide gratuities are always appreciatively accepted.

Here is a look at the our Sea Kayak Guides:


Fletcher Reed

Raised on the banks of the Penobscot river, Fletch spent his summers exploring Maine from the coast to the inland mountains of Baxter State Park. That love for nature inspired him to pursue an education with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). A three month school trip to southern Chile was a perfect training ground for studies in wilderness medicine, navigation and sea kayaking. A second course focused on the “soft skills” of outdoor education where weeks were spent learning about leadership, risk management and decision making skills. Fletch became a registered Maine guide in 2008 and has been leading trips in and around Acadia National Park every summer since.



IMG_0898Jacob Cardello

Being a Maine native, Jacob developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. This passion has lead to extensive participation in a wide variety of sports that use nature’s beauty as a backdrop. When Jacob is not paddling you can find him, pedaling, climbing, skiing, or surfing. To keep things safe Jacob has a Wilderness First Responder certification. During his free time Jacob has been working on a nearly completed degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Natural Sciences.





Scott Appleman

Scott enjoys all things outdoors. A native of New England, Scott grew up sailing ‘Fireballs’ competitively and playing tennis on the high school team.  After attending the University of Utah and receiving a BA in French, Scott began a career in hospitality at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort where he worked closely with the Utah Office of Tourism, Ski Utah and the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau in promoting the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. In 2010 Scott launched AppleCore Sports LLC, a boutique ski tour operator/ adventure travel company. In his travels Scott has paddled part of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, sections of the Inside Passage in British Columbia and numerous coastal locations in Alaska. Scott has also paddled extensively in Penobscot Bay and is returning to Bar Harbor for his 3rd year as a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Scott currently holds: Wilderness First Responder, Level II Avalanche and Advanced PADI certificates.

Joel Beckwith 

Owen Cassidy

Brian Armstrong 

In his 8th year as a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Brian Armstrong enjoys leading tours and this attribute complements his passion for the ocean and it’s surroundings. Brian has spent time as a volunteer interpretive ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, worked in a Maine cedar mill and harvested local mussels in the winter. Some of his hobbies include fishing, snow sports, rafting and tasting quality food. In 2011 Brian obtained his Emergency Medical Technician certification from the University of Utah. He is an active outdoor enthusiast and loves chasing an adventure. In his travels, Brian has paddled salt and fresh waters in many locations including his native state of Nevada, and other states such as Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Colorado and of course Maine. He hopes to paddle the entire Maine Island Trail from south to north soon and delights in making standout memories with all those who participate in his adventures.

Gordon Wissinger

‘Gordo’ is a registered Maine Guide for sea kayaking and recreation and an ACA Level III kayak instructor.  He’s guided kayaking trips for the past three years for outfitters in Bar Harbor and on Deer Isle.  Gordo grew up in the 1970?s where he was told from a young age, “It’s nice outside.  Go out and play.”  So, he did.  Gordo has backpacked on the AT (not the whole thing, but parts of it) and around Mt Rainier, biked a century, rock climbed in Acadia NP, camped at a National Boy Scout Jamboree, hiked to within a hair’s breadth of Half Dome in Yosemite, played beach volleyball on the Atlantic coast, snowshoed in the Maine woods, kayaked in and around the Maine Coast, Monterey Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico, mountain biked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and photographed in dozens of national parks.  Not a day goes by that Gordo doesn’t think about/dream of/plan for his next outdoor adventure.  This summer, those adventures include guiding kayak trips for National Park Kayak.  He hopes you will join him!

Erin Paradis

Erin was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine along the shores of the Saco and St. John River. She graduated with a Bachelors in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and a Masters in Kinesiology. She followed in her father’s foot steps getting certified as a Maine guide and has always had a passion for the outdoors. Whether it is sea kayaking, canoeing, skiing, climbing, or yoga she always finds time to pursue an active and balanced lifestyle.