Meet Our Guides
Co-owner, and canoe enthusiast, Tsimka is a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who grew up in her Nations’ territory (the southern end of Clayoquot Sound including Tofino). Tsimka was introduced to canoeing at a young age. Her father Joe Martin and older sister Gisele Martin were both key in her entry to the activity. Some distinct memories include paddling through thick fog as a kid and then a teen with her dad. Tsimka has a keen desire to let travellers to Tla-o-qui-aht territory know where they are and why it is special. She enjoys viewing and participating in creative performance arts and music. Here is a link to one of Tsimka’s creations:
Co-owner, Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer, and Red Cross first aid instructor. Paddling has accompanied Emre on his journey through life. It Started off in a whitewater kayak searching for waves along the shores of Lake Ontario where he grew up. It’s been a long and exciting journey, working across the country and internationally as a guide and instructor, to his current home in Tofino BC, where the waves are much bigger. One thing that hasn’t changed is Emre’s love of being on the water, which today is usually on a paddleboard or surfboard.
Emre is passionate about instruction and learning along with people. He is excited to be developing Canada’s most comprehensive SUP instruction resources drawing upon his experience as a guide trainer on Vancouver Island’s instructor program (the COLT Program, Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training). whitewater kayak instructor with Madawaska Kanu Center, Sea Kayak guide in Clayoquot Sound with Paddle West Kayaking, first aid instructor with North Island Collage and most recently a Paddle Canada Paddleboard Instructor Trainer.
Emre is always stoked to share his love for catching waves and learning in the outdoors. If he’s not figuring new ways to share the world of paddling with others, you know where he can be found: In the surf.
#SUPGlen was drawn to Tla-o-qui-aht Territory and Tofino by the waves of the Pacific. Glen is a talented SUP surfer and SUP instructor/guide and multi day SUP journeyer (In 2016, he completed the longest annual paddling race in the world- the Yukon River Quest 2016). Glen enjoys exploring new areas via SUP and that includes helping develop your SUP-abilities.
Jess has recently completed her First Aid reqs and Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater Instructor certification, to kick off a great summer season. After 6 long years of of University studies (2 years Physed & Kinesiology plus 4 years Tourism & Environment), she is super stoked to be out on the water. With a passion for education & the outdoors, she’ll be quick to pass on the wealth of history & culture, ecology and biodiversity that the area holds. People who visit Tofino, say that we have something special here. The lush ferns and ancient rainforest, magestic sea creatures, surf culture, laid back Island lifestyle, and tacos, are all high on the priority list. Once you get out there, we think you’ll agree with Jess that there is something extremely valuable about connecting with nature, and taking time to stop and admire it’s mysteries. Whether you’re paddling the calm waters of the coast, or navigating the open ocean waves, she’s here to take you cruising.
Terrell is a young Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Canoe and SUP guide with a wealth of knowledge of this land, its people and their rich history. Wise beyond his years, Terrell is a Tribal Park Ambassador and has been on several Inter tribal Canoe journeys. Terrell looks forward to sharing stories and paddling skills with his guests, whichever craft they choose. Terrell loves Kombucha, baked goods and Tofino Roasting Company Coffee.
Kirstie is originally from Scotland, via the snowy peaks of Nelson, B.C and many other exotic locals across several continents. She has returned for a second glorious season with T’ashii Paddle School. Kirstie is one of our finest SUP guides with a big smile, and an even bigger heart. Guests love Kirstie’s friendly, enthusiastic charm and quick wit. She is always stoked to be outdoors and is passionate about SUP, surfing, snowboarding, and travelling!
Thomas has been immersed in Nuu-chah-nulth culture his whole life. As one of our canoe guides and SUP instructors, he is always happy to share some of his wisdom about his home and his people. Thomas is a great story-teller, with a special sense of humour. Ask him about the story of “Richard”. Thomas has a beautiful voice, and has been in the singing circle since he was old enough to talk. If you ask nicely, he might just share a traditional song with you. Thomas likes pizza, noodles and frybread.
T’ashii Paddle School Guides
All our guides have experience, First Aid and CPR certification and in house training. All Stand Up Paddle-board guides are Paddle Canada certified. All Canoe guides also go through an extensive in-house canoe skills training program. Our guides meet industry standards and often have certifications beyond industry standards to ensure our tours are safe and enjoyable. T’ashii Paddle School is also a red cross training partner.