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Zack Kruzins

S.A.N.D. Owner & Lead Instructor, Guide & Educator

In 2018 Zack launched Such A Nice Day (SAND) Adventures allowing him to live and share his passion for paddling and the outdoors with others.

Zack has led/organized many sea kayak expeditions on Lake Superior since 2006. Additionally, he has worked all over the world as a sea kayak guide, outdoor educator and instructor with many seasons at Outward Bound schools and other organizations under his belt. When he can, Zack now spends a good portion of his winters guiding kayaking programs on an expedition cruise ship in Antarctica with Polar Latitudes.

Zack is very passionate about water and its importance in our lives. He feels the more time one spends on, in or near water, the greater the connection becomes to the world around us. Along with being a highly experienced guide and seasoned mariner, Zack is a certified Polar Guide with the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA), is a Level 2 Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor and wilderness first responder. His enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious and he looks forward to sharing some of his knowledge and experiences with you!’

 

David Tamblyn

Owner of Superior Outfitters

Dave Tamblyn

 

David grew up on the shores of Lake Superior, His summers as a child were spent collecting pulp logs from along the shore to make rafts, before long he was crewing on sailboats in international regattas and exploring the bays and inlets of the north shore. Superior is David’s DNA.  It is very much a part of he is! After six decades on the water I’m still discovering new places to explore!  In 1988 David moved to Rossport where him and his wife Ruth established Superior Outfitters Coastal Kayaking Adventures. Thirty years later it is still operating but entering a new phase of operation in partnership with SAND. David is looking forward to an exciting season!

 

 

 

Samantha Makin

Administrative Assistant, Guide & Educator

Sam Big Voy

Sam was raised in Thunder Bay with a deep attachment to the North shore of Lake Superior. Throughout her childhood she partook in various family kayak and canoe expeditions beginning at the age of six. Sam has been enamoured with Lake Superior for as long as she can remember, her favourite thing to do being swimming out of the voyageur canoe. Sam has had lots of experience working with youth in the outdoor setting, having worked as a counsellor for the City of Thunder Bay Playgrounds camp, as well as a homeschool pod of kids leading outdoor education twice a week. She trained as a competitive gymnast competing provincially and in the US since the age of two and now coaches pre-competitive athletes. She is ecstatic to get to spend the summer sharing her love of the lake and exploring new places along the north shore. While exploring new ways to protect and appreciate the lake that is home to us all.

 

Cesar Aollintzin

Kayak Instructor, Guide & Cook

Cesar Kayak

 

Cesar is originally from Mexico. He is a surf instructor and spends his winters on the pacific coast of Mexico, guiding kayaking and grey whale tours in the swells of Baja. He and his Métis Canadian wife, Irene, will be returning to Canada in the summer of 2021. Cesar and Zack lived together on the sailing vessel Karaka while traveling the open pacific from Mexico to Costa Rica in 2013. Cesar visited Canada in 2018 and 2019 to complete his certification and is now a Paddle Canada Level One sea kayak instructor. His exquisite Mexican cuisine, bubbly personality and multi-disciplinary skills bring an incredible vibrant energy to our programs.

 

 

Wyatt MacEwen

Kayak Guide (high brace lord)

Wyatt Kayak

 

Wyatt grew up in Rossport Ontario and has deep roots in the local history of the area. He has spent his youth exploring and learning about Lake Superior and the Rossport Islands. Wyatt has recently discovered the beauty of paddling and has been trained to put his knowledge to use by guiding kayak day trips around the Rossport Archipelago. Wyatt has first handedly experienced how greatly Lake Superior can influence someone’s physical and mental health and is stoked to share that with others.

 

 

 

 

Darrell Makin

Lead Instructor, Guide & Educator

Darrell began kayaking on Lake Superior in the early 1990’s, He has a MEd with a focus in Ecological and Experiential Education.  He worked at Lakehead University for 14 years in the department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism teaching a number of university level sea kayak expedition courses, and spent much of his academic life studying the natural and cultural history of Lake Superior. Zack and Darrell co-wrote the Paddlers Guide to the Lake Superior NMCA during his tenure at Lakehead University.  Presently he works for Parks Canada, for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.  Darrell’s work and personal vision are entwined in that his ultimate goal is to work towards protection and presentation of this incredible body of water (10% of all available fresh water on the planet!).  He feels truly lucky that a personal passion is also a vocation.

 

 

 

 

Lise Vaugeois

Lead Kayak Instructor, Guide & Educator

lise paddling

 

Many years ago, Lise attended a Rossport Sea Kayaking Symposium, became hooked on paddling and decided, then and there, that there was no better place to live than Northwestern Ontario.  Since that first weekend of paddling, she has explored most of the North Shore of Lake Superior by kayak.  An experienced educator, Lise teaches at Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education and is a Paddle Canada Level One Instructor. She loves nothing better than introducing people to the joys of paddling and the adventures that can be had on lakes, big and small in Northwestern Ontario.

 

 

 

Daphne Martel

Kayak Instructor & Assistant Guide

Daphne kayak

 

Daphne loves kayaking because it’s something fun you can do with your friends out on the water. It allows you to go to some really cool and interesting places. Her favourite thing about kayaking on Lake Superior is how it’s always different even if you go to the same place twice. Daphne also enjoys acting and going on cool trips with my family. When she was twelve, she explored France and Spain on bikes for nine months. Daphne still love exploring and Kayaking gives me a way to share that with like-minded people. She has her Paddle Canada level 1 and 2 certifications and is a basic sea kayak skills instructor. She hopes to see you out on the water this summer!

 

 

 

Robert Stewart

Rob Stewart

 

Robert Stewart is a professional geographer with a keen interest in the biogeography of Lake Superior.  Robert provides interpretive tours on the big lake and engages in environmental monitoring of industrial pollutants into Lake Superior. He has worked with SAND on private environmental consulting projects and is excited to development future collaborative efforts to help educate people and protect our precious body of water. Being on the lake with his sons and experiencing its wonder together is the best place he can be.