Moving into his second 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 in 2015. 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.
Grayson is a Camden local who grew up kayaking, sailing, and canoeing along the rocky coast of midcoast Maine. He is a registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide, a Wilderness First Responder, and formerly worked as an EMT. He has worked as a professional guide leading backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon. He is passionate and knowledgeable about the wilderness, wildlife, and history of Midcoast Maine.
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 new sea kayak and inland recreational guide this year. 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 chef at the Good Tern Natural Foods Cooperative in Rockland…ask him how many gallons of soup he makes a year! 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 on the water.
Kris is a native Mainer, who loves getting out to explore the place he calls home. From the coast to mountains Kris has traveled the state to go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, camping and skiing. As a Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide, Kris loves sharing the fun of exploring what Maine has to offer whether it’s from the seat of a kayak or a rocky hiking trail.
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.