Our guides are what makes Cape LaHave Adventures exceptional. They are passionate & professional. They know the areas we paddle in intimately, and they are keen to share their knowledge and love for these areas with our guests. They all hold certifications with nationally recognized organizations such as Paddle Canada, Red Cross Canada & Wilderness Medical Associates.
Our guides are what makes Cape LaHave Adventures exceptional. They are passionate and professional. They know the areas we paddle in intimately, and they are keen to share their knowledge with our guests. They have vetted experience and all hold certifications with nationally recognized organizations such as Paddle Canada, the Canadian Red Cross & Wilderness Medical Associates.
Scott first learned to paddle as a child on the rivers, lakes and ocean of Nova Scotia’s South Shore. With over 15 years of experience guiding sea-kayaking trips from Antarctica to the Norwegian Arctic and from Newfoundland to coastal British Columbia, Scott is excited to return to Nova Scotia’s South Shore as a co-founder of Cape LaHave Adventures.
Scott holds degrees in Outdoor Experiential Education and a Masters of Environmental Studies specializing in Environmental and Sustainability Education. He has worked extensively in the wilderness guiding and outdoor education field in a wide range of programmes with such organizations as East Coast Outfitters, the Nova Scotia Sea School, Outward Bound Canada, Quark Expeditions and Coastline Challenges. A certified canoe, SUP and kayak Instructor with Paddle Canada, having extensive open-ocean guiding experience and an easy going attitude, Scott delivers safe, fun and accessible trips for all populations and skill levels.
While Sarah has always loved the outdoors, she didn't consider a career outside until she found herself taking a break from urban planning to run a ship-based wellness program in Antarctica. Inspired by the transformative potential of combining exceptional wilderness experiences with yoga & meditation, she decided to continue down this unexpected and wild garden path. This has led her on many great paddling adventures, from Patagonia to Newfoundland. As co-founder of Cape LaHave Adventures, you'll find her on the water guiding & instructing, taking photos for next year's brochure or out teaching yoga on a remote island beach. Sarah is Paddle Canada Instructor for sea kayaking & SUP (Advanced Flatwater, Touring and River), and an a 500hr Registered Yoga Instructor. She is also the director of Stand-Up Paddleboard Instruction for Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia. Sarah loves meeting new people and helping them them unplug, experience beautiful places by water and nourish themselves.
Logan is as an easygoing, enthusiastic South Shore local whose lifestyle revolves around his love of the ocean. Friends and family know him to be a bit of a surf addict and an adrenaline junkie. His endless search for new waves and experiences has led him to places like Australia, Mexico and Central America.
Logan enrolled in the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training program based on Vancouver Island in 2011. During the course he developed his skills in sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, flat water canoeing and whitewater canoeing. He completed the course and now has his Assistant Guide Certification with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. Since the course Logan has spent much time on the water kayaking for pleasure, but it is only in the past few years that he has begun guiding tours with Cape LaHave Adventures.
Robert started paddling kayaks in 1992 and initially paddled only white water. In about 2005 he started paddling sea kayaks and decided teaching and guiding would be a good way of staying out of trouble during retirement. He now holds Paddle Canada level 3 skills and level 1 instructor and British Canoe Union Sea Kayak 4* leader award, coastal navigation certificate and wilderness first aid.
"I have come to prefer sea kayaking to white water, because or the variety facets from gentle touring in flat calm and multiday trips to coping with 6 foot waves on tidal races and surf.”
Paul Pilon has been guiding since 2007 and is a Paddle Canada certified seakayaking instructor. He has worked for companies in Saint Margaret’s Bay, North River in Cape Breton, Lake Banook, and Blue Rocks near Lunenburg, before joining us. He has guided everything from sunset cruises to multi-day camping tours and has even set-up groups of kayaks as sailing rafts to run with the wind. He loves paddling and looks forward to sharing his little corner of the sea with folks who want to experience kayaking on the big water.
Although a native of Nova Scotia, Matt recently spent five years living and paddling in British Columbia. It was there that he honed both personal paddling skills and guiding skills in the disciplines of sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking. Matt enjoys assisting others gain new skills and confidence in their paddling abilities and introducing people to kayaking and the natural world. He currently works as a sea kayak guide on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, as a ski instructor for Ski Wentworth, and as teacher’s assistant with the local school board. Matt is certified as an Introduction to Kayaking Skills Instructor, is a Level 3 skills paddler, and is a Level 2 Instructor with Paddle Canada. He also holds certifications with the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC.
Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the Cape LaHave Adventures team for 2017. In Scotland Andrew ran a SUP wilderness exploration company where he guided his clientele during adventures on lochs, rivers, and off the coast. Besides over eight years of SUPing, Andrew enjoys surfing and has had a lifelong love of windsurfing. Andrew brings knowledge and passion to all he does on the water, offering clients attentive safe lessons without losing a playful sense of fun.
Being born and raised on the South Shore of Nova Scotia will make anyone into a lover of the Atlantic Ocean, so for someone like Duff, living his whole life a 30 second walk from the water, he has become quite fond of the sea.
Duff is adventurous and sagacious; while new to the paddling world, his training in karate makes him a ninja in our shop, juggling bookings, rentals and inquiries. He also holds certifications in kayaking and standup paddle boarding with Paddle Canada.
Gavin is a bona fide south shore lad who loves the great outdoors. He’s spent time sailing aboard tall ships and traveling to Central/South America, and Spain, but Nova Scotia’s charms have always brought him home. He gets a kick out of meeting new people as well as spotting and
identifying plants and animals.
Gavin has been making paddling trips to the Lahave Islands since he was a tot to camp and explore but it’s only been within the last year that he’s decided to get certified as a kayak guide. Although most of his experience has been gained here in Nova Scotia he has also kayaked in
places like Lake Nicaragua, Bocas del Torres and even the Amazon River. He can catch a grape in his mouth from 30 meters.
Marlène Le Bel
Marlene began working on the water on whale watching vessels and as a naturalist and diver in the St. Lawrence Estuary where she first discovered sea kayaking. Originally from Quebec, her passion for sea life took her to the Bamfield Marine Station where she studied Marine Biology. On Vancouver Island her first job was also her first experience as a sea kayak guide, in the inner harbour of Victoria. She gained more and more confidence in her sea kayaking skills spending many days and nights in the Broken Group archipelagos. During her ten years on the West Coast, Marlene also became a middle school science teacher and started to practice Ashtanga yoga regularly.
Marlene now lives on the Atlantic in a little community called Bayport. She has completed a 300-hour yoga instructor course with Therapeutic Approach of Yoga in Halifax; Paddle Canada certification and wilderness first aid. She also holds her day skipper sailing training certificate with the Canadian Forces Sailing Association as well as her pleasure craft operator license.