Our Registered Maine Guide Staff
At National Park Sea Kayak we have many guides that come back year after year with experience that has been gained over time. We conduct an extensive training program each season emphasizing emergency procedures, communication, ethics, navigation, and island use focusing on leaving no trace. Our veteran staff with many years of guiding experience pride themselves with the opportunity to hone skills and get ready for the upcoming season.
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.
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 9th year as a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Scott currently holds: Wilderness First Responder, Level II Avalanche and Advanced PADI certificates.
Joel is a lifelong paddler and has led sea kayaking and canoeing expeditions in the US, Canada and Mexico for over 40 years. He is a well-known longtime Everglades back-country guide and has been guiding on the Coast of Maine since 2005. Joel’s greatest joy is sharing the wonders of nature from the seat of his kayak or canoe. When not paddling Joel can be found backpacking, cycling, wandering canyon country or playing a stringed instrument.
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.