Moving into his third year as the Outdoor Programs Director for Maine Sport Outfitters, Tim Barker is excited to be offering a wide variety of programming for the local community, seasonal visitors, youth, and outdoor professionals. A resident of Belfast, Maine, Tim has experience as a guide and program manager in Alaska, Washington, Wyoming, and Colorado. Tim has worked in various settings including expedition-based wilderness therapy, back-country ski touring, and maritime education. He is a Registered Recreation & Sea Kayak Maine Guide, Licensed Captain, and Wilderness First Responder.
Ross Cameron, a native of coastal Maine, has been guiding sea kayak, canoe, and backpacking trips since 1986. He is a certified Maine Sea Kayak Guide and Maine Recreational Guide. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Experiential Education and has been designing, guiding, and managing Outdoor Educational Programs for the past 29 years. He has worked for Hurricane Outward Bound as a field instructor, Kieve Affective Education as a lead teacher and Challenge Course Manager, Rippleffect as a sea kayak guide and now Maine Sport Outfitters. Ross currently serves as the Summer Programs Manager. He happily resides in Camden with his two sons. His leisure pursuits include paddling, skiing, mountain biking, and trail running alongside his two Alaskan and Siberian Huskies.
Our trips are led by highly skilled and experienced Registered Maine Guides. All of our Instructional Clinics are taught by American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors. Our staff are passionate about paddling and eager to share an adventure with you that will be rewarding and memorable.
Please enjoy learning a little bit about our wonderful guide staff.
Christopher is a Master Maine Guide, Level 4 ACA Whitewater & Coastal Kayak Instructor, BCU 4 Star Paddler, Wilderness First Responder, and is certified in Swift Water Rescue. Christopher was recently an instructor at the prestigious Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium. He has been instructing everything from level 1 basic strokes and rescues to level 5 tidal current workshops for the past 8 years. Christopher has trained many paddlers to be Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guides. He is nationally board certified in sports medicine/ Athletic Training.
When Christopher is not on the water he is the Trainer and Physical Education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School and the lead singer in the Van Halen tribute band Balance.
Justin is a native to Midcoast Maine and has been part of the Maine Sport Outdoor Program since 2005. When not working or coaching soccer he is finding every second he can to find his way out on the water to enjoy everything Maine has to offer.
Robin is a new Registered Maine Guide for MSO but not new to the outdoors. She has decades of adventure to share with you starting with bagging all 4000 footers in the White Mountains as a child to thru hiking the Appalachian Trail solo at 53. Tuck in some international long distance treks in Australia and Europe and thorough local knowledge of her beloved Camden Hills and most of New England’s spectacular hiking trails and you’ll see why she always has a smile on her face. She studied Zoology at the University of Vermont, had an intense career in the world of finance and now works year round at MSO helping customers equip for their own adventures. Her passion is both the cultural and natural history of the world she walks and the pursuit of happiness. WFR certified.
Roy became a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide in 2013 and joined the team at Maine Sport that summer. Although new to guiding, Roy has been paddling in various forms for the past 15 years. He’s a native Mainer who loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others.
Marylou is a Registered Maine Recreation and Sea Kayak Guide, ACA Level-2 SUP Certified Instructor, Wilderness First Responder and has over 20 years of experience leading groups in the outdoors. She started out at the University of Maine as a teaching assistant in Outdoor Leadership, instructing whitewater canoeing and leadership skills. She lived on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, managing a campground and working in the whitewater rafting industry. After heading back to Portland where she grew-up, Marylou obtained her Sea Kayaking Guide license and spent summers working on Casco Bay. She has spent many hours on the rivers, lakes and ocean of Maine. She has a Master’s in Science Education and is a 200 hour certi?ed yoga teacher. Marylou is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Coastal Children’s Museum and teaches yoga at Coastal Maine Yoga. She lives in Camden with her three children and loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Kyle is a native of the Midcoast. A Registered Maine Kayaking Guide, he is a graduate of the University of Maine in with a degree in Business Administration. In addition to sea kayaking he is a member of the National Ski Patrol and an all-around outdoor enthusiast. Much of his interest pertains to the natural history of the area and simply having fun on the water.
Stephen is a second year guide at Maine Sport with a history of guiding mostly paddle board tours in his first year as a Registered Maine Guide. This year, Stephen hopes to expand his experience by guiding kayaking, canoeing and hiking! Stephen is a born local who grew up in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He is coming off of his first year at Washington County Community College in their Adventure Recreation and Tourism program where he gained experience kayaking, sailing, hiking, shelter building, skiing, rock climbing and whitewater paddling. Now a Wilderness First Responder, Stephen looks forward to seeing you out there on your adventures, where he is ready to share his passions with you!
Originally from Portland, Maine, Brystle relocated to the Midcoast area as an Americorps National Service Member. After completing two years of service and experiencing the beauty and culture of the area she decided to make it “home.” Brystle is a NASM certified Personal Trainer, ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, Registered Maine Sea Kayak & Recreation Guide, and SUP racer. She currently lives in Thomaston with her family and spends her time SUP racing and training, snowboarding, and hiking.
Seth Walton is a Registered Maine Sea Kayak & Inland Recreation Guide. Like many people who live in Maine, he wears many hats and loves it! His work experiences and credentials include being a river raft guide, sailor, Divemaster, EMT, boatbuilder, shipwright, yoga instructor, furniture maker, stonemason, master gardener, legislative performance auditor, cook, entomological survey technician, government consultant, and AmeriCorps VISTA. Seth holds a BA in Global Political Economy, a Master of Public Administration, and has continued with graduate studies in maritime history, nautical archeology, and landscape design. Seth’s current day job is as a School-to-Career Coordinator for MidCoast School of Technology. Originally from Colorado, via a long stop-over in Virginia, Seth has found his place among our independent yet close-knit community in MidCoast Maine. He sleeps and gardens at his beloved Dwarf Cottage in Rockport Village, but you will usually find him hiking a local trail or out on the water.
Cory is a native of Camden, Maine. This will be his 4th season as a Maine Sea Kayak Guide with Maine Sport, is certified as a PSIA level 1/freestyle 1 ski instructor, a certified swift water rescue technician, and wilderness first responder. When not on the ocean in the summer, Cory is most likely found paddling Maine’s world-class whitewater or fly-fishing on some of Maine’s most scenic rivers. He can’t wait to share his deep passion for fun with everyone!
Andy Theriault was born and raised in Caribou and found his way to the mid-coast via Western Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington. Andy has been a high school teacher since 2002. Early in his career he discovered the best education happened while getting his students outside. Andy currently teaches for the Zenith Alternative Education program in Camden and is passionate about the challenges and learning that can happen in an experiential setting. From camping and backpacking trips, to leading students up Mount Battie, to paddling with his kids in the coves near his home, he looks to find classrooms everywhere he goes. Andy lives in Tenants Harbor with his two young children and enjoys finding new water, trails, and spaces to explore.
Erin became a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide this spring and is new to the Maine Sport team this summer. She grew up in and on the water of the Belgrade Lakes Region in Maine and has spent much of her life exploring the Maine outdoors. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Political Science and Community Development and is a 200-hr Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor. Erin has a huge passion for the state of Maine and its abundance of outdoor activities and loves to share her passion with others.
Andrew Cooper is a native mainer who grew up in New Harbor, ME. Andrew developed a strong passion for kayaking after graduating from Lyndon State College with a degree in Adventure Based Program Management. He has worked at Maine Sport since 2009. Whether its sea kayaking, flat water racing, or paddling technical whitewater, Andrew loves to be on the water. His passion for whitewater kayaking has lead him to organize his own whitewater kayaking race call Smalls to the Wall, which is held near Rangeley, ME in the spring time. A registered Maine guide and ACA certified level 4 whitewater kayak instructor, Andrew loves to get other people fired up about paddling. Whether it is teaching a rolling clinic at the local YMCA, an instructional class out on the lake, or an intro to whitewater kayaking class on local and near by rivers, you will find Andrew paddling, teaching, and loving it.
Josh is a level 5 master rock skipper, trained by his beloved grandfather Roland. Sometimes he has patience enough to create a respectable loaf of bread, and always feeds his cat at night. He dreams about bicycle infrastructure and how it could improve in the United States, and cant wait for a Grateful Dead reunion tour. You can often find him foraging for mushrooms with his wife and assuring her he will behave.
Although Hannah has worked at Maine Sport for a number of years, this is her first season as a Maine Sea Kayak guide and she is excited to be part of the guide team this summer. Like many others, she grew up in Camden, and has loved hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting since she was young. This fall she will be a junior at Clark University, where some of her activities include studying Environmental Science and Spanish, working for a music program in a Worcester public school, and being a die hard member of Clark’s Ultimate frisbee team. She loves being outside in all capacities, and is happier when she can share it with others.
Bill McClellan fell in love with outdoor adventures as a young person walking all over the three hundred sixty acre campus of the Lawrenceville School, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead and attended by the famed groundbreaking environmentalist, Aldo Leopold. Lawrenceville was a veritable arboretum and Bill developed a avid interest in trees and birds. Summers were spent on the side of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire with summer backpacking and canoeing camp experiences in the Adirondacks. In 1996 Bill became a Hurricane Island Outward Bound sailing and kayaking instructor, and in 2016 became a registered Maine Guide. Bill is a Maine Master Naturalist Volunteer and loves birding as well as identifying and understanding the rich offering of Maine’s natural flora and fauna. He became a guide for Maine Sport in Rockport in 2016 leading trips out of their Rockport location. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and certified in Emergency Water Safety.
Bill lives in Rockport with his wife. He has one daughter who worked for Maine Sport too! When he is not guiding, he is a middle school social studies teacher and ice hockey coach.