About Paddlers’ Realm

What’s the difference?

With so many sea kayak companies out there why should you choose Paddlers’ Realm?

What’s behind our name?   Paddlers’ who have a passion for the sport and the Profession, for the water and immersion in nature.

Our Focus:

-Safety
-FUN
-Local Knowledge
-Leadership
-Interpersonal Skills

Our Business:

-Certified instructors/coaches
-Instructors for many other outfitters in Southcentral Ak.
-Wilderness Medical Certifications
-USFS Permit Holder
-“Leave No Trace Ethics” advocate
-U.S. Coast Guard 100 Gross Ton Master Inland License
-Marine Spill Response Team Crew Members
-Greatest Variety of Paddling Opportunities
-Small Business: small groups, personal trips
-Custom trips


Ryan’s paddling background:

Whittier has been my base for the past 16 years.  Extended and day trips within Passage Canal, Blackstone Bay, Harriman Fjord, Icy Bay, Port Nellie Juan, College Fjord, Unakwik Inlet, have been my staples.  These trips along with personal exploratory journeys, both solo and with friends, from Valdez to Whittier and Whittier to Cordova have allowed me to observe the spectrum of weather and sea conditions from flat water and blue bird skies, to gale force winds, massive seas and days of relentless rain.

Living and traveling in these conditions for weeks at a time has provided me with the insight of how best to care for myself and others within these conditions.  Paddling in truly remote regions of coastal Alaska illuminates the necessity to acquire the Wilderness First Responder certification and pursue personal kayaking skills/leadership training and certification and instructing/leadership certification.

Instructing Experience

Through the British Canoe Union : the 4-Star Leadership Award and the Coach Level 2 awards, FSRT, Coastal and Open Water Navigation, and participated in Coach Level 3 training, as well as four 5-star training programs and the 5-star assessment.

Through the American Canoe Association I have acquired the Level 4 Instructor certificate,  Trip Leading Certification as well as the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement.

I am also a guide with the International Sea Kayak Guide Association.  This is a fantastic hybrid of coaching and guiding which no other association offers.  Please view my profile!

For 12 years I worked as an instructor for the Alaska Kayak School offering beginner through advanced instruction throughout the summers and  pool sessions throughout the winter.  We also ran guide certification programs: American Canoe Association Coastal Kayak Day Trip Leader Course.

Pursuing these credentials has allowed me to train in Washington: Neah Bay, the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound; California: Bodega and San Francisco Bays; Georgia: Tybee Island, Alaska: Cook Inlet, Kachemak Bay, Kenai Fjords, Shuyak Island and of course Prince William Sound; and most recently Cornwall UK.

Personal and Guided Trips include: Valdez to Whittier, Whittier to Cordova, Shuyak Island Circumnavigation, trips throughout Seward, Kachemak Bay, Seldovia, Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, many trips throughout PWS, a portion of the coasts of Belize and Nova Scotia.

I continue to provided instruction, assessments and guide certification for guiding outfits throughout Southcentral Alaska as well as beginner through advanced courses, instructional expeditions and certification for the public.

Ownership

As the owner of Paddlers’ Realm I am afforded the opportunity to operate this company based on first hand research done throughout my personal and guided trips, instructional sessions, as well as working with many different outfitters and instructors/coaches.  This integrated exposure provides me with the knowledge of how best to operate a sea kayaking business from the perspective of client, guide, instructor and owner.

Brian’s outdoor background:

BS in Outdoor Education, AS in Ecotourism/ Adventure Travel
Provided guided outdoor activities, outdoor skills instruction, and wilderness trips since 1998.
14 years experience in the development, management, and supervision of outdoor programs.
14 years experience as a Professional Ski Patroller & First Responder
*American Canoe Association Certified L4 Coastal Kayak Instructor
*American Canoe Association Instructor Endorsements: Adaptive Paddling, CK Trip Leader
*State of Alaska Emergency Medical Technician II
*National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
*Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
*American Red Cross Instructor: CPR for Professionals, Wilderness First Aid
*Swift Water Rescue Technician I: Rescue 3 International
* National Incident Management System: Incident Command System 100, 200, 700
*Search and Rescue Technician II: National Association for Search and Rescue
*Operational Avalanche Rescue Dog Handler: Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs
*Structural Fire Fighter I: Alaska Fire Standards Council (AFSC) & IFSAC
*Alaska Division of Forestry/NWCG Wild land Fire Fighter: Red Card (EFF status, FFII, EMTII)
*Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations: 40hr AFSC
*Certified Emergency Vehicle Operator (AFSTC, expired pending renewal)
*Maritime HazWhopper/ Oil Spill Response Technician (SERVS, PWS Community College)
*Rigging for Rescue Certification (2011 Eklutna State Park, rock, snow, ice rescue)
*National Ski Patrol Instructor: Outdoor Emergency Care, Transportation, & Senior Evaluator
*Level I & II Avalanche Certification: Alaska Avalanche School/ Alyeska Professional Ski Patrol

It’s Personal!

Paddling also consumes a lot of our personal time: whether it’s hiking or paddling up a creek to see what’s in the back of the valley, running whitewater, packrafting, paddle boarding, heading out into storms for some down wind runs, playing on the coast, and looking for new water- any water, to put a paddle craft in and explore.

What all of this means most to us is a dedication to and intimacy of sea kayaking  and more generally paddling.  With this combination we hope to offer the safest and most memorable experience possible, providing a positive introduction and springboard for those who’ve never experienced paddle sports before and to continue to stoke the fire for those more experienced.

Our passion for exploration and natural beauty, desire for adventure, and need to be outdoors and active, brought me to Alaska and into the world of sea kayaking.  Getting people on the water allows me to share the adventure of exploring this amazingly beautiful environment and to reveal the depth and richness to be discovered and acquired within this sport.