While Simon-Olivier Côté was born in northern Québec’s city of Saint-Félicien, his work and passion for adventure has lead him all over the world. Before continuing with his studies in geography, Simon-Olivier took the opportunity to travel the world—backpacking through 25 countries on his own. Even when he wasn’t living the life of the nomadic adventurer, he immersed himself in new cultures. He lived abroad for four years while he continued his studies in Brazil and traveled throughout the U.S. and Asia as a French instructor. After Simon-Olivier completed his Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Dynamics of Territories and Societies, he made his way back to Québec. There, he founded a tourism cooperative that took off in 2006 centered around travel within the northern Québec region. As the cooperative continued to grow, Simon-Olivier worked with one of his co-op partners to develop an adventure tourism branch with the objective to elevate the quality standards for adventure travel throughout the Saguenay region. He and his partner ultimately consolidated their services and formed a company specializing in kayak and canoe expeditions trips . Simon-Olivier currently works as the international marketing manager for his company as well as serving as a city counselor for Saguenay. He is passionate about geomorphology, history, and people. He hopes to provide you with the best possible experience exploring northern Québec and the wild beauty of the Saguenay Fjord.
Sea Kayak Guide
Guillermo was born in San Luis Potosi, mainland Mexico. After moving a lot as a kid due to his parents careers, Guillermo settled in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Guillermo loves traveling, sports and spending time with loved ones. Guillermo holds a Biology Degree and has been a guide for ROW Sea Kayak Adventures since 2015.
Guillermo has worked as an Assistant Panguero on our Isla Espiritu Santo and Islands of Loreto Bay Kayaking tours. He entered into the guiding business because he has always loved traveling, nature and wildlife. Guillermo’s introduction to ROW Sea Kayak Adventures came during school when he befriended a current guide and learned about the work and opportunities that guiding in Baja provided. It didn’t take long for Guillermo to look for a job with ROW.
Guillermo quickly took to life on the Sea and has enjoyed the connection with the ocean and marine life, nature and the incredible people he gets to meet form all around the world. The ceviche, cold beer, opportunity to meet new Friends, encounters with whales and sea lions and the many things that all of the guests on the trip had to offer quickly made Guillermo feel at home, and it didn’t take long for him to realize that home is wherever he is standing.
British Columbia Guide
Guide since 2016. Aleia grew up in Coquitlam, BC and has always lived on the west coast. She took an Adventure Studies program in 2015, where her love for kayaking and guiding began. Aleia’s favorite experiences have been a 16-day kayaking expedition in the Great Bear Rainforest and paddling in the Broughton Archipelago. Given the opportunity, she can be found sitting by tide pools for hours at a time, watching the lives of the many tiny creatures unfolding slowly in the still water. When not guiding, Aleia can still usually be found kayaking somewhere else, sometimes in the ice! This winter, she learned to check the thickness of the ice before paddling onto it. When not paddling, Aleia enjoys climbing and backpacking trips on the amazing coastal trails in BC and in the backcountry.
British Columbia Guide
Spencer is a proud native of Vancouver, British Columbia. Growing up on the coast, he was introduced to kayaking and the water at a young age; at 11, he did his first overnight trip, at 16, he did his first multi-nighter, and at 18, he bought his own kayak. In 2014, he led his first commercial kayak trip in Bocas del Toro, Panama, which led him to joining the Sea Kayak Adventures team in 2016. Other than Panama and BC, Spencer has guided in Belize, Costa Rica, and New Zealand - but he still says that the Johnstone Strait and the Broughtons are his favorite places to paddle! When not on the water, Spencer is an avid rock climber, and can frequently be found scaring himself in some high place. He also enjoys yoga, reading, or strumming his guitar (named Jessica) that he carries on the back of his kayak.
Claudia was born in Corsica and did her studies at the University of Corsica. She always liked the English language and culture, so she started with an English degree. As the university is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, it was during her time there that she realized how much she loved the island, its cultural and historical wealth and the diversity of its nature. As such, becoming a licensed guide was a very natural decision.
Claudia's year of training allowed her to study various topics such as the history of the Mediterranean, art history, the Corsican culture, traditions and language, the island's fauna, flora and geology among other things. Her studies stimulated her curiosity and encouraged her to travel.
Following her studies Claudia spent nearly a year in England improving her English before coming back to Corsica to start to work as a guide. Claudia has been guiding tours for over three years now and has found the work of being a tour guide is not only a job but also a passion. She loves sharing her passion and excitement for Corsica with all of our Guests.
Vedat was born in Tirana, Albania. He grew up in Tirana until he left for Milan for completing the studies in Law at Universita La Cattolica, Milan. After that he returned in Albania and he worked for several years in a Financial Institution in Albania in different directing positions. He always loved exploring the Albanian nature until he left his office job for dedicating himself completely to the tour guide carrier four years ago. During this time he has led many hiking, kayaking and cultural tours throughout Albania. He does his job with great love and passion.
Alex Magana Ruiz
Alex, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, now lives in Loreto where he has been a whale watching and sea kayak guide and logistics coordinator for ROW SKA. He personifies guest service and adds panache to our tours. He also runs his own business selling day tours in Loreto and is a wonderful artist and photographer. Go visit Alex at the Loreto marina snack shop for his vast knowledge of day tours in the area.
Our Croatia guide Jelena loves outdoor sports and she joined our team last year. She is also yoga and Pilates instructor, an alpinist climber and a skier and she graduated from the faculty for economics.
Ramon can trace his roots to generations of fishermen in the Loreto area, and his knowledge of the Sea of Cortez and its weather is boundless. We are truly honored to have him provide motorboat support on some of our Sea of Cortez tours in Baja (called pangas in Baja California). He is a master panga captain, with many amazing stories of the high seas to relate.
François Bartoli is one of the Corsican pioneers for outdoor sports and activities in Corsica. In 1980, he started organizing sea-kayaking trips and then developed other activities like canyoneering, hiking and mountain biking.
Together with his team, he created, planned and supervised lots of events, from multi-sport races to world championship trials. Thanks to those different experiences, he now has a deep expertise for organizing and supervising multi-activity trips and events in Corsica.
Now in her fourth season with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in Baja, Monica loves the water, and everything surrounding it. She is especially passionate about whales and dolphins. Monica always dreamt of being a wilderness explorer like the journalists in National Geographer magazine. Due to her love for both the ocean and marine mammals, she decided to work at an aquarium in the Caribbean where she worked as a dolphin and sea lion trainer for a couple of years.
While she loved being so close to the animals, she realized she would rather see them in the wild, in their natural habitat. Monica discovered Sea Kayak Adventures was looking to hire a naturalist for their Baja whale watching tours, and applied. The day she was hired was "one of the best days of my life; my dream came true. I will be in the wilderness, observing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat."
Monica loves that every day as a guide is a new adventure, a new experience, and a surprise, where the unexpected is the norm. She loves sharing her excitement and passion for nature with guests, as well as hearing about their stories. She loves knowing that the time she shared with them in nature gave them something special that they will remember for the rest of their life. When she's not guiding, Monica likes to hike, explore, and travel. She also loves reading about marine life and nature, and discovering new places where she can practice stand-up paddle boarding. In the off-season, Monica works as a reporter.
Scotland Kayaking Guide
Craig brings a calm, easy going and modest approach to guiding. He is known for being approachable, knowledgeable and having big hair!
In Craigs words, "it’s all good….there’s no such thing as bad weather in Scotland, just the wrong jacket.. anywhere where the mountains meet the sea is a special place, everyday, every group, every paddle, and every journey is always different. When not being paid to go out and play I enjoy riding my bike up the biggest hill I can find for free!!"
Mario Alberto Escalera Gómez
Naturalist and Sea Kayak Guide
Native of Mexico City, when he was 6 years old he saw his first whale and after that, he decided he wanted to be a marine biologist. Now he is a graduate of the University of Baja California Sur. He works in environmental education and sustainable development workshops with a group of young teenagers he cofounded in La Paz. He believes that the proper education is the keystone for our societies to do the first step to sustainable societies and thus responsible use of our resources.
Scotland Kayaking Guide
Mark is often described as fun, focused and practical! He's a guest favorite and always goes above and beyond to ensure everyone has an exceptional experience.
In his own words, "I have a real love for all things outdoors in Scotland and am always amazed by the wealth of opportunities that are out there. Whether I’m on the trail mountain biking, out sea kayaking or heading to the hills on a trip, every day is different. The trick is to just stop for long enough to take it all in.
I feel fortunate to be able to constantly explore Scotland and have chosen to live in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. I have nature on the doorstep but I can also be almost anywhere in the Highlands within a couple of hours from home, it’s a treat! While I’ve bounced around Scotland for most of the last 25 years I have also been lucky enough to run trips all over the world. Perhaps because of these experiences I’ve come to realize that we really have got it all right here."
José Sergio Navarro
Sea Kayak Guide
Sergio grow up in Puerto San Carlos. He often fished with his father as a kid, and enjoyed the water growing up. While he has only been a guide with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures for two seasons now, he has been guiding for over 16 years, since he was just 16 years old. He got started with kayaking in 1997 while he was working on a natural history course with RARE, an organization for tropical conservation. During the course, they offered the students the opportunity to learn kayaking skills. At the time, Sergio was working as a hotel manager, and never thought he would be a kayaker. However, since he grew up in a fishing family he always like to be close to the sea. One day, a close friend asked him if would like to be sea kayaking guide. Sergio interviewed for the position and accepted the offer. Sixteen years later he is still a kayaking guide in Baja, and still loves it!
Sergio enjoys meeting people from other countries, and sharing his knowledge about Baja California and his love of nature. His favorite places in the world are those with beautiful clear water; luckily Baja has a lot of that! Sergio also loves the cuisine in Baja. His favorite ROW Sea Kayak Adventures meals are the chicken mole, and anything with fish. When Sergio isn't guiding, he enjoys spending time with his family. They love to go fishing, camping and kayaking together. Some friends tell Sergio they "think he is a little crazy because he spends so much time kayaking!" Maybe so, but we understand his love for kayaking and the beauty of Baja!
British Columbia Guide
Leah Blok has been guiding for ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in BC and in Baja for years. She has more energy and passion for people, wildlife and life than anyone we have ever had the good fortune of knowing! She has paddled solo from Alaska to British Columbia and all over Europe. She adores sharing her passion for paddling and whales with paddlers of all skill levels. Paddlers of all ages enjoy her boundless energy and knowledge and are inspired by Leah.
Ruben Sandoval Zuñiga
Ruben has been guiding for ROW Sea Kayak Adventures since 2013. Ruben most commonly guides on our La Paz, Espiritu Santo kayaking tours. Ruben is from San Luis Potosi, and has been fond of the Sea since he was a child. He moved to La Paz 15 years ago to study and get his Bachelor Degree in Marine Biology. When he was a student he started doing underwater fishing and free diving. Ruben decided to get involved in tourism because he wanted to show the visitors the beauty of La Paz and the importance of conserving the environmental resources. After two seasons with ROW, Ruben's favorite part of guiding is showing visitors the magic, the beauty and the greatness of Espiritu Santo, and he loves making our guests feel part of the ROW family in Baja.
When Ruben is not guiding for ROW you can find him under the Sea! He loves to search for new places to explore and Marine life to observe. Ruben loves sharing this passion with our guests, snorkeling alongside them, pointing out the abundant marine life that exists in the Sea of Cortez. Ruben not only shaes his intimate knowledge of marine life with our guests, he is known for serving up delicious mexican dishes such as Veracruz style fish, ceviche, or huevos rancheros.
Sea Kayak Guide
Known to most as “Tiko”, Alfredo Murillo was born in Puerto San Carlos near Magdalen Bay. Alfredo is a graduate of the Alternative Tourism Program at the University of Baja California Sur in Loreto. He loves to play soccer. Alfredo values his work in the outdoors and recently attended a course to improve his kayaking skills at NOLS. He spends his time fishing during the summer.
Sea Kayak Guide
Born in Guadalajara, Rafael (or “Rafa”) received his bachelor’s degree in biology and has down extensive work on different projects involving marine and terrestrial species. Guests appreciate his quiet, joyful nature and benefit from his knowledge of a wide variety of local flora and fauna. In his spare time he enjoys climbing, surfing, snorkeling, camping and cycling, but fishing might be abiding passion. A keen traveller, Rafa loves to discover new people and places.
Sea Kayak Guide
Having grown up camping with the Boy Scouts, Fabian brings an unmatched exuberance to his role as a guide. A native of La Paz, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and loves to share his knowledge of the natural world. Most guests remark on his ever-helpful nature and the clear passion he has for sharing Baja landscapes.