Our Crew

Our dedicated and multi-talented crew have spent years sailing along this coast, leading our trips. Their experience and commitment makes the difference between a good trip and a great one! Our captains are all Coast Guard and Department of Transport licensed to ensure safety.

Aboard each trip is a Resource Guide with qualifications in biology, education, zoology, anthropology or ornithology. Our guides are not only experts in their field, but truly enjoy communicating their enthusiasm to others. Down below in the salon, our wonderful cooks serve gourmet meals and beautiful buffets. Bluewater Adventures is proud to be an equal opportunity provider.

2022 Bluewater Crew

Office Staff

Randy Burke  

Randy Burke – Director of Bluewater Adventures, Captain

At age 27, Randy bought Bluewater Adventures from Dan Culver and started on his journey with the company. He is also a Bluewater Captain and has taken thousands of guests on memorable adventures along the BC and Alaska coast over 20 years. He has sailed across the Atlantic and Pacific on tall ships, been an Outward Bound instructor and holds an education degree, in addition to his 500-ton Masters license. When he is not in the office or leading trips, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife, Cathy and his teenage daughters, Anna and Heather.


Cathy Burke – Accounting

Cathy spent her youth on the Eastern Shores of the United States. It was here she developed a love for sailing, the ocean and the wilderness. She was an Outward Bound sailing instructor in Maine and then joined the crew aboard the tallship Sea Cloud and sailed the high seas for many months. Cathy also has a degree in Landscape Architecture. In her time away from managing the company books, she is managing her family of four and and dog, Maple.

Erin Boyle  

Erin Boyle – Marketing

Joining us in June 2009, Erin brought with her a fondness for the BC Coast, a passion for travel and a love for the outdoors. She combines years of experience in hospitality with her degree in Marketing with the hopes of providing Bluewater guests with an amazing travel experience from start to finish. Erin loves critters, great and small, skiing, foraging, cookery, music and adventuring in general.

Holly Campbell - Logistics

Holly is thrilled to be joining the Bluewater Adventures team in the spring of 2021! Holly has worked in the outdoor industry for a little over 8 years as an outdoor education instructor through the spring, fall, and winter seasons in the Algonquin Highlands, guiding multi-day whitewater canoe trips through Ontario and Quebec and striving to make nature and outdoor recreation accessible for all while working at CNIB Lake Joe and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes. Holly’s hope is that Bluewater Adventures trips can expose more people to the natural world which may inspire stewardship and connection with our beautiful coast. When not making Excel sheets in the office, Holly can be found skiing, biking, hiking, gardening, and petting every dog she walks past.


Heather Burke - Client Care

Heather did her first Bluewater trip at 5 months old and subsequently grew up onboard Island Roamer and Island Odyssey. She recently returned to North Vancouver after completing her Bachelors of Science degree at McGill University. She has a passion for travel and hopes to reach her final two continents soon! When not working or travelling she is adventuring locally, watching reality TV, or entertaining her cat, Clooney.

Trip Leaders - The Bluewater Crew

Captan Neil  

Neil Shearar – Captain

Neil joined Bluewater in 1999 and has been a licensed skipper for 20 years. Neil was born in South Africa, but raised in Vancouver BC. He has ten years experience with Bluewater sharing his love of wilderness and wildlife on the B.C. coast, and has always enjoyed taking guests to the places he loves the most. His knowledge of the coast and his enthusiasm are inspiring to all of our guests. Neil is passionate about sailing and loves to write and play music in his spare time – He always has a guitar onboard! Neil is also a Yachtmaster instructor and examiner, he volunteers for search and rescue with the Coastguard Auxiliary. Owning his own sailboat, Neil likes to spend weekends on the waters around Vancouver.


Xander Oldaker – Captain

Xander has been a sailboat captain for 25 years and is now in his 10th season with Bluewater. His sailing career has taken him from teaching sailing in downtown Vancouver to riding out hurricanes in the West Indies to exploring the fjords of Greenland. When not sailing, Xander works as a wilderness guide leading sea kayak and hiking adventures from South America to the high arctic. Residing on Vancouver Island, Xander spends his off season with his wife Alison and two kids.

Brian Falconer  

Brian Falconer – Captain

There aren't many places that Brian hasn't explored in his 40+ years of sailing - the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific to name a few - but the last 30 years has been devoted to exploring the incredible coastline of BC & Alaska. In addition to his many years as a captain, Brian has also operated a sail training program for youth for 17 years, led cultural eco-tours in remote villages in China & Tibet, and initially discovered the coastline of BC and Alaska as a bush pilot. One of his current passions is to be an international spokesman for cultural and natural eco-tourism and wilderness management issues. When Brian's not out on the water sailing and leading expeditions, he works as the Guide Outfitter Coordinator, advocating for BC's coastal carnivores, with Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Jonas Fineman  

Jonas Fineman - Captain

Jonas has been involved in the marine industry for the past 23 years. His love for the ocean and the nautical world has afforded him many opportunities. From commercial fishing, to work aboard sailing yachts, his sea travels have ranged from the North Pacific and the Bering Sea, to the Baltic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. He has participated in two Trans-Atlantic sail crossings and transited through the Panama Canal twice. Jonas was born and raised on the Oregon coast, where he developed his passion for the sea and the greater natural world. His dedication to surfing has and continues to lead to coastal exploration both near and far. Jonas currently lives on Cortes Island with his wife Amy and their two daughters.


Luke Hyatt - Captain

Luke grew up on Haida Gwaii where he spent his childhood working on his father's fish boat and developing his passion and extensive knowledge of the natural world. As a teenager he worked as a biologist's assistant before becoming a kayak guide and boat captain. He has worked on the BC coast as a skipper, guide and naturalist for the past 16 years. He lives with his wife and two young children on the remote Sonora Island where they have built themselves a beautiful homestead.

Ryan Masson  

Ryan Masson - Captain

Ryan grew up on Gabriola Island, one of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. He spent his summers exploring the coast on his family’s Sailboat and fishing with his Dad. He has worked in Tourism since 2004. In 2006 Ryan bought a sea kayaking company and spent 13 years as owner and lead guide operating multi-day kayak expeditions in BC and Baja Mexico. In the off-season Ryan is an instructor for Transport Canada teaching marine certifications and safety training courses. Ryan has been a licensed skipper since 2012 and has worked for Bluewater Adventures since 2016.

Gaelen Krause  

Gaelen Krause - Captain

Gaelen grew up in between Victoria and Seattle, spending much of his free time exploring the Salish Sea in various types of boats. Trained as a naval architect at the University of British Columbia, he has foregone the desk after 5 years of ship design in favour of the nourishing work of exploring BC’s beautiful waters, sharing his passion for sailing this coast. When not on the water with Bluewater, look for him back-country skiing, surfing  on Vancouver Island’s west coast, or enjoying the domestic pleasures of cooking, reading and playing guitar.


Mark Drozda - Crew

Growing up in the prairies with a father who loved and dreamed about sailing gave him the enjoyment of spending time on the water. While working in the IT industry many of his winter holidays were spent sailing in Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. In 2008, he took the leap and moved West to be closer to the water and to mess around on boats with a job as a service manager for a charter boat company. He started working for Bluewater Adventures in 2017. During his down time, you can find him at the Jericho Sailing Center sailing boats and paddling kayaks.
Eddie Savage  

Eddie Savage - Crew

Eddy grew up on Vancouver Island and has spent most of his life exploring. Having a deep passion for the ocean, forests, nature, and wildlife, he thrust himself into a career in adventure tourism straight out of high school. After studying Adventure Tourism in college, he's led a variety of nature-based trips in Canada and abroad since 2008. In any given year, Eddy leads photography expeditions to see polar bears, belugas, northern lights, giant pandas, and the Swiss alps. He's recently begun work as a kayak guide and zodiac driver in Antarctica in the winters. Closer to home, Eddy has led kayak expeditions and whale viewing excursions for 14 years and has been a grizzly bear viewing guide for nearly a decade. He looks forward to bringing his passion for all things nature to Bluewater Adventures and sharing beautiful and wild coastal experiences with you.

Kai Rosentzveig Bluewater Mate  

Kai Rosentzveig – Crew

Growing up between Montreal & Guatemala, Kai has always been drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer. Sailing at summer camp & throughout the Caribbean there was no doubt that working on the water was his calling. In 2018 Kai left Montreal and construction to move to the island & start his studies at guiding college. This is where he discovered a love for all aspects of guiding and has since guided paddling sports, canyon tours, horseback rides, helicopter fly fishing, whale watching & more. On his time off you can find him travelling the island in search of the perfect fishing spot, camping grounds, photo opportunity or taking his boat out in Tofino.
He looks forward to guiding people through new experiences, supporting them whilst they take the plunge out of their comfort zones and experiencing the bliss of our beautiful coastline.

Hillary Buckley_Crew  

Hilary Buckley – Crew

Before her employment with Bluewater Adventures, Hilary worked for a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica and a frog conservation project in British Columbia. She has also worked as a naturalist and captain on educational whale watching excursions taking place in the Salish Sea. She graduated with a BSc in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia and holds a Master’s Limited 60 ton ticket to drive commercial passenger vessels. Despite her passion for wildlife conservation and her experience working with a wide diversity of animals (including parrots, sloths, and monkeys), her favourite animals are Labradors, golden retrievers, and her pet python named Igbo.

Reid Kelly Crew 2022  

Reid Kelly - Crew

Excited to join the eco-adventure team as a Crew/Mate this season, Reid is an enthusiastic sailor/adventurer/carpenter who loves the outdoors and working with people. He has been sailing since 2012 and has a sailboat on the island which he lives on half the year while working, sailing, and racing. Reid has successfully completed the Yacht master offshore course. The other half of Reid’s time has been living in Nelson working, skiing, mountain biking, and climbing. Reid also loves traveling and has explored many exciting destinations. He is eager to learn and increase his ocean experience and expertise and share his passion for the marine environment, wildlife, and sailing.

Casey Brant - Crew Photo  

Casey Brant - Crew

Based on Vancouver Island, Casey has driven whale watching boats in the Salish Sea for nearly 20 years. Her marine experience also includes a brief stint in the Navy, kayak guiding, driving crew boats and sailing around the Gulf Islands. Recent adventures include sailing to Mexico and working as Mate on a tugboat. In the winter months Casey teaches earth science and environmental science courses at Royal Roads and the University of Victoria. When not at work Casey can usually be found building something, fixing something, or out hiking with her dogs.

Martin Kluemper Bluewater Crew  

Martin Kluemper - Crew

Born and raised in the North of Germany by parents who loved sailing and exploring, Martin fell in love with the ocean at a very young age. After taking a slight vocational detour via a career in marketing and advertising he has found his true calling when he started working as captain and whale watching guide on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in 2016.

When Martin 
is not in the water surfing or diving, he spends his free time camping, hiking, and exploring the mountains of Vancouver Island. He is joining Bluewater Adventures for the first time in 2022.

Janelle Langford  

Janelle Langford – Chef

Janelle currently lives on Salt Spring Island and has over 25 years experience in hospitality. Also a trained and knowledgeable wine steward, Janelle's passion lies in the alchemy between the freshest ingredients and the perfect wine pairing. She hopes to share her experience, zeal and love for creating wholesome, delicious recipes and a consciousness of these special places where foods and wines are grown together side by side.


Carmen Daigle - Chef

Currently a resident of Roberts Creek, BC, Carmen's love of the water and boats began at age 8 when her father bought a cottage on a small island on the St Lawrence River in Ontario. Her passion and knowledge of food came later, and now it's a dream come true to combine the two in such an awe-inspiring part of the world. Her training as a nutritionist sparks her ability to create delicious meals even for those with special diets, with a focus on local and sustainable food. When not out with Bluewater Adventures, she is busy running her business Carmen's Cuisine, where she is a caterer, cooking instructor and culinary retreat facilitator. Her cooking adventures include a remote fly-in lodge outside of Yellowknife, an aboriginal alternative school in Vancouver's East side, and a retreat centre in Fort Langley. In her off hours, don't be surprised to find her with a nature book in hand and binoculars around her neck!

Debra Fontaine - Chef  

Debra Fontaine - Chef

Debra spent her childhood cruising the BC coast with her family. Her father was an appraiser and they visited logging camps up the northern inlets and the lodges and resorts in the Gulf islands and Discovery islands. Her dad did the insurance appraisals in these water access areas and Debra's mother steamed pots of clams, prawns, and salmon. She saw a lot of the coast in the 50's and 60's. Moving to Cortes Island in her 20's she raised her family there. She was chef/manager at Hollyhock on Cortes Island for 15 years and then went to the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. She spent a year at The Dubrulle Culinary Institute and then 2 years in wilderness at Strathcona Park Lodge as head chef. Finally she found a way to combine her love of cruising the coast, seeing nature at its best, meeting wonderful people & cooking up a storm – Debra joined Bluewater in 2007

Emma Richmond - Chef  

 Emma Richmond - Chef

Born on the east coast of Australia, Emma has always had a strong connection to the ocean. Currently residing in Tofino, she was drawn to the Pacific North Coast due to its untamed oceans, wild shores, and diverse ecosystem. She has been working as a cook and more recently a pastry chef for 10 years and in this time has been drawn to experiences that help her gain deeper knowledge about life in and around the ocean and the multitude of ways that we humans connect with it. This journey pushes her to find new and creative ways to use sustainably sourced seafood (and plant-based) ingredients in her cooking, while always keeping in mind how we can contribute to the oceans' future existence.

Steve Letts Bluewater cook

Steve Letts - Chef

Steve started cooking at a very young age of six -making brownies and learning what flavour and spices were all about. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, his parents had a cottage in Northern Alberta at Moose Lake where he spent all his childhood summers on the water, sailing and canoeing.  

At age fourteen, the working bug hit, and lake summers were replaced with working in the restaurant businessAfter many years working in the hospitality industry, in 2005 he delved into adventure tourism cooking onboard a 96-foot schooner. Five seasons were spent working all over the coast of beautiful British Columbia, providing nourishment for many guests and crew.  2022 is Steve’s first season with Bluewater Adventures. He is keen to experience more sailing and venturing out to see more of the BC coast. 

Dr Rob Butler - Ornithologist  

Dr. Rob Butler - Naturalist

Bluewater has been fortunate to have Rob leading trips for us since 1990. Rob is President and co-founder of the Pacific WildLife Foundation and an adjunct professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He was a senior research scientist with the Canadian government for 28 years. His specialty is ornithology where he is recognized as an authority on the ecology of herons and shorebirds. He has written many scholarly publications and authored several books for over 30 years. Rob is also an International Fellow in the Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Society. 

Dr Barrie Gilbert  

Dr. Barrie Gilbert - Naturalist

Dr. Barrie K. Gilbert is Senior Scientist (retired) from Utah State University. After receiving his B.A. in Biology from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned a PhD in ecology at Duke University. His specialty is behavioural and conservation ecology, especially the application of behavioural science to management of human-wildlife interactions. His recent research has focused on the impacts of roads, access and recreation on bears and other carnivores, their habitat, and plans to minimize or eliminate these impacts at a protected area scale. He began studying bears in 1974 and started working with coastal B.C. bears in 1996. For the last 15 years he directed studies of human-bear interactions along salmon streams in Katmai National Park, AK, and in Southeast Alaska. Barrie has been with the Bluewater crew since 2006.

Sherry Kirkvold  

Sherry Kirkvold - Naturalist

Sherry is a geographer, naturalist and writer who has worked in national and regional parks and as the Interpretation specialist for B.C. Parks. She has run her own business in the field of interpretation, worked with the renowned Royal British Columbia Museum and spent the last 30 years exploring the west coast. She was a contributing author of Carmanah: Artistic Visions of an Ancient Rainforest, the art book that helped raise awareness and eventually protect the Carmanah Valley, and has taught environmental stewardship in several colleges. Sherry believes that learning and fun are great partners and you may even catch her doing some gumboot dancing! She is also a musician and photographer with a passion for travel and leads tours around the world.

Danny Catt  

Danny Catt – Naturalist

Danny is a biologist, world traveller and internationally published photographer with over 25 years of experience in the field of environmental education. He has a technical diploma in fisheries and wildlife management as well as a BSc in biology and an MSc in wildlife ecology. Danny has also taught ecology in Asia and carried out post graduate studies in wildlife management in East Africa. Danny spent many years working for Parks Canada, as a naturalist and park planner prior to shifting to teaching at the post-secondary level. He has travelled the world and when not seeking adventures in exotic places is a faculty member in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program at the BC  Institute of Technology, in Burnaby, BC.


Emily Fulton — Naturalist

Emily’s love for the wild west coast of BC began at an early age. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, growing up she spent a great deal of time exploring Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds and other remote areas aboard her family’s fishing boat. Emily earned a double major in marine biology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria, and has since worked as a wilderness guide around the Pacific Rim National Park area, and for various non-profit organizations as an environmental educator. She loves diving, hiking, wild food foraging and surfing in her hometown of Ucluelet. Her adventurous spirit and desire to share BC’s coastal wonders with guests has led her to Bluewater Adventures!


Captain Gold - Resource Person/Naturalist

People thought Captain Gold was mad when, in the 1970’s, he paddled a canoe from Skidegate to the old Haida village of SGang Gwaay - nearly 160 km of hazardous seas. He knew the importance of reconnecting with his heritage, making sure village remains were not further disturbed and of being there to welcome visitors. He single-handedly changed the image of the village and became the first “Haida Watchman”. Stories of his life-long efforts to preserve the Haida spirit, heritage, language and oral history. He is an elder, a Haida historian, an author, and a story-teller.


Grant MacHutchon - Naturalist

Grant MacHutchon is a wildlife biologist and naturalist based in British Columbia’s Kootenay Region where he lives with his wife and daughter. Grant has done research/management work with numerous species throughout western Canada for over 30 years, but most of his professional career has been working with grizzly and black bears. Grant has particular expertise in the areas of population biology, habitat ecology, classification and mapping, and bear and human interaction management.

When Grant is not working with wildlife, he fills his time with training bear viewing guides for the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC, for whom he developed the core curriculum. He is also the Vice President for the NPO, the Safety in Bear Country Society focused on bear/human interactions and safety.

Rob Lott Bluewater Naturalist  

Rob Lott - Naturalist

Rob is a Bluewater Naturalist when he is not busy as a marine mammal scientist working with Whale and Dolphin Conservation in the UK. “I feel incredibly privileged and fortunate to work for an organization that campaigns tirelessly for the conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins and porpoises across the world. Working for WDC also gives me the opportunity to travel widely and see these conservation measures in action.”  

Before his work with WDC, he undertook a Master's degree in Marine Mammal Science. I have been fortunate enough to watch and photograph wildlife all over the world including Alaska, Antarctica, Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and the Bay of Biscay. In 2006, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on a charity trek to raise money for an African medical foundation. But it is the ocean that draws me back and the whales and dolphins that call it home. My favourite places on the planet are Northern Vancouver Island, Svalbard and South Georgia.  My current role with WDC includes the Anti-Captivity Campaign and the Orca Programme.


Christopher DiCorrado - Naturalist

Christopher is a biologist and naturalist who has studied many types of wildlife and habitats. His interest in nature started at a young age in Southern Ontario, but he then moved to B.C. for university and work. After jobs and travel across Canada to South America, and Europe to Africa, he found his way back to the west coast over 10 years ago. When not with Bluewater, he’s strictly been “birds.” Since 2007 he’s been coordinating the BC Breeding Bird Atlas to determine the abundance and distribution of birds across the province with Canada’s leading bird conservation organization,  Bird Studies Canada. As such, he’s worked extensively in every corner of the province. Each year he meets with volunteer “citizen scientists”; regular birders who put their enthusiasm and knowledge into conservation action. Beside Haida Gwaii (the “Galapagos of the north”), another favourite place for him is leading expeditions to Ecuador (including the Galapagos).

Andrew McDonald - Naturalist  

Andrew MacDonald – Naturalist

Sustainability, conservation and nature have been key themes throughout Andrew’s life. He is an avid artist, photographer and writer, and frequently weaves his illustrations into his naturalist presentations. He has used those skills to protect hundreds of hectares of conservation lands in British Columbia and secure funding for species at risk research and ecological restoration as an advocate, grant writer, environmental educator and conservation manager. While earning a Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing & Art History, with a focus on the art of Coastal First Nations, he paid his way by cooking at BC Coastal fishing resorts, and remains on standby to help out in the galley. Birds have always been his gateway into nature, but he’s just as happy looking at the smallest tidepool, the biggest tree, and everything in between. When he’s not on board, he runs his own salvage-design-build company on Vancouver Island, where he lives with his wife and keeps tabs on his two adult children.

Robin Wright Emeritus Naturalist  

Dr. Robin Wright - Naturalist Emeritus

Dr. Robin Wright is the curator for Native American Art at the Burke museum, former director of the Bill Holm Center for the study of Northwest Coast Art, and an expert on Haida art. Robin has been leading trips to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) for over 20 years, most of them with Bluewater Adventures. She is always keen to share her knowledge on Haida art,  First Nation stories, and her recent passion, Haida genealogy. As well, her deep relationship with the people and land of Haida Gwaii is what brings these topics to life.

Dr Stephen Hererro- Emeritus Naturalist  

Steve Herrero - Naturalist Emeritus

Stephen is known as the world’s leading expert on the causes and avoidance of bear attacks. He has been studying bears and human-bear interactions since 1967 and his popular, research-based book, Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance is considered as the standard reference, selling over 125,000 copies. Working with colleagues, he has applied the understanding of bear behaviour developed in his book toward making four not-for-profit videos on safety around bears. The flagship video “Staying Safe in Bear Country” has been viewed millions of times. Steve’s interests in nature, conservation, and people reach widely beyond keeping people and bears safe when interacting.