About Crystal Seas and the Crystal Seas Team
We feel that our staff greatly reflects on our company and simply spoken, our staff is fantastic. We take great pleasure in knowing that we have one of the most experienced teams in the kayaking industry and continuously work at educating and challenging ourselves to higher levels. We know what we do inside and out and it shows, from the exquisite meals that we prepare on our multi-day camping expeditions to accommodating a guest whose travel plans have gone awry.
Our staff consists of friendly outdoor enthusiasts, each one bringing a unique flavor to the team. Many of our employees are graduated college students who majored in science and also share a passion for recreation and travel. We seek out only the best, most qualified individuals who display the same leadership, integrity and enthusiasm for which our company was founded upon. Many of our guides return year after year and we see this as a reflection of our wonderful team. We feel it is important to hire local staff and to give back to the community through donations, supporting our schools and sports programs, supporting wildlife programs, local farmers and just helping out folks in need. The Crystal Seas staff is a big family who love to work hard and play hard. Our guides are the heartbeat of Crystal Seas and we could not have a better team of committed and enthusiastic people.
(Started in 1995) - Founder/Owner - His first time to kayak in orca waters was when he was five years old with his father along the shores of San Juan Island. He began guiding tours at the young age of nineteen. What started as a summer job, turned into a lifetime career. Today you will find Johannes planning tours for our guests or guiding a trip along the west-side of San Juan Island. You will always sense his commitment to providing our guests with the highest quality kayak and bicycling tours imaginable. Mail keeps pouring into the office addressed to Johannes, reminding us of how ‘top rate’ Crystal Seas has become. Johannes is on the San Juan Island Parks Commission, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and active with the San Juan Island Kayak Association.
(Started in 1998) - Everglades branch co-founder - Tim just loves to mess about in boats. He is not only a sea kayaker, he is also a canoeist, a sailor, and an oars man. Tim has kayaked in 18 states including Hawaii and Alaska, 6 Mexican states, and 3 Canadian provinces. During the summer evenings you can find Tim kayaking San Juans west side, and during the winter you can catch him guiding in Florida's Everglades. Tim also works during the summer aboard the 'Odyssey' as a first mate and naturalist with San Juan Excursions Whale Watching and Wildlife Cruises. When Tim gets some down time he usually can be found river kayaking or skiing in Colorado or surf kayaking in Mexico. Tim would love to spend some time on the water with you. As Tim always says, "See you on the water".
(Started in 2002) - Office manager/Owner - Angie grew up in the San Juan Islands and loves living here because of all the wildlife she gets to see just on a simple drive to town! She loves to explore the world and has been to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Central America, Germany and Thailand. She is the friendly face in the office at Crystal Seas in Friday Harbor. She'll help you choose which tour is best for you through e-mail and phone calls and give you advice about where to dine and stay. She has been sea kayaking San Juan Islands west side since 1992 and is happy to help you plan a trip for your family.
(Started in 2003) - Nature has its own way of keeping balance, and so does Sarah. The two are usually intertwined. Sarah has lived on the sandy beaches of the Bahamas, Galapagos and Greece but she grew up in the snow-capped mountains of Colorado. Sarah spent time guiding in South East Alaska, Facilitating adventure research programs in the Galapagos, leading research programs in the Bahamas and working in sea turtle conservation and monkey rehabilitation in Costa Rica. When she's not filling her time making awesome jewelry from found objects or salsa dancing, she works as a scuba/snorkel and kayak guide; marine researcher; and teacher in astronomy, sustainability, and marine sciences. Sarah earned degrees in Political Science and Latin American History from Evergreen State College and a Master's in Education as part of the Environmental Education and Sustainability Curriculum, from the University of Washington. She is a certified Wilderness EMT and BCU safety and rescue certified.
(Started in 2006) - Operations Manager - Carrie grew up boating on the lakes, rivers and coastlines of Maine. She became a registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide in 2004 and has since spent her time exploring coastal regions around the world. She has been sea kayaking in New Zealand, Australia, Bermuda, Costa Rica and guided tours in Mid-Coast Maine, North Carolina, the Florida Everglades and now the San Juan Islands. When Carrie is not kayaking, you could find her in the Cascades skiing, exploring New Zealand, attending a yoga class, trail running or biking around the island! Carrie is also an avid biker and has been on 2 different month long road bike trips. She is a recreation and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love for outdoor recreation with her guests on Crystal Seas and Terra Trek Tours. Carrie and her husband, Isaac, call the San Juan Islands home.
(Started in 2007) - a 7th generation San Juan Islander, is entering his 6th Kayaking and Terra Trek Bicycle Tours and is a seasoned guide and naturalist. A student of Plastics Engineering Technology at Western Washington University, he has worked to expand his education with experiences abroad. His most recent adventure education endeavor brought him to India to study outdoor leadership in the Himalayas. When he is not studying, working or smiling/laughing, you will most often find Albert cycling around the islands, paddling the waters of the Salish Sea, or inventing some new cooking creation--he loves food and cooking! (and let's be real... he will probably be smiling/laughing all the while).
(Started in 2009) - Joe is a graduate of Colorado State University with two bachelors degrees in Spanish and Natural Resource Tourism. He's enjoyed traveling in Latin America and is always ready for a new experience. Joe guides many of the Terra Trek tours and helps keep the fleet in good working order. He's an easy going guy and when he's not on tour he enjoys staying active or just hanging out with friends.
(Started in 2010) - Alex is an energetic and enthusiastic fourth-season guide. Studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Alex loves thinking outside of the box and prides himself on creativity. Cycling is a great way to form connections with guests and every tour is a learning experience. Growing up for the entirety of his life thus far, Alex enjoys showing off the beauty and rich history of his hometown and local area.
(Started in 2010)- William is an avid adventurer, kayaker, rock climber and bicyclist. He loves exploring the nooks and crannies of the San Juan Island and lives for special moments encountering killer whales. On the off season, William works as an outdoor educator at Pathfinder Ranch in Southern California. He looks forward to seeing you out on the water!
(Started in 2011) - A lifelong islander Corey has always has a great passion for the outdoors. In 2011 Corey graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School, which included a 30 day 300 mile kayak expedition in Patagonia. In the winter months Corey can be found in the small town of Glacier Washington. Where he spends 100+ days a year backcountry snowboarding and mountaineering in the North Cascades near Mt. Baker.
(Started in 2012) - A Michigan native, Irene had never seen a real hill before coming to the West Coast, and it changed her biking life forever! After leading multi-day bike trips and working at a bike repair co-op at her college in Southern California, Irene moved up to Seattle where her bike is her primary mode of transportation. Recently, Irene has been traveling in South America and working in Seattle for the Mountaineers. You can find her biking and kayaking around the San Juan Islands in the summer, leading Terra Trek and Crystal Seas inn and camping trips.
(Started in 2012) - A Missouri native, Dakota grew up water skiing and playing in the woods. Her love for the outdoors led her to a semester course with the National Outdoor Leadership School and eventually to Vermont where she pursued a bachelor of science in Adventure Education. Dakota enjoys sailing, snowboarding, and traveling. She has backpacked through Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. The San Juan Islands continue to be one of her favorite places in the world. She wrote this herself.
(Started in 2013) - Kevin is a lifelong native of the San Juan Islands. He is active in a variety of outdoor sports including kayaking, snowboarding and rock climbing. Kevin is also an avid sailor and rider of "fixed-gear" bicycles. Kevin has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University, with an emphasis in Sustainable Building. He enjoys traveling, and has backpacked throughout Central and South America, as well as New Zealand. Kevin also hopes to one-day kayak the Inside Passage from Washington to Alaska.
(Started in 2013) - Kate grew up in Friday Harbor and loves coming back during the summer to spend some time out on the water. She graduated in 2013 from Washington State University and plans to go back to school to pursue a nursing career. Kate enjoys traveling and spent a year studying abroad in Finland, but it always is great to come home to San Juan Island. She enjoys learning about the nature and history of the area and will be more than happy to share her knowledge with you!