Co-owner Johannes Zwart, or Yo as he’s usually known, has nearly 30 years of experience as a guide: canoeing, dog-sledding, rafting and many other skills, make him a well-rounded Team Leader. Yo also has a Kinesiology degree from Western, and a diploma from the prestigious adventure tourism program at University College of the Caribou (now Thompson Rivers University). He trains and certifies most of our guides.
Gina has almost 30 years as an entrepreneur. The resulting strong business skills complement her professional career as a graphic designer, content developer and marketing wizard. More than that, when Gina is not on the phone helping you with your trip, or managing the office, she may be taking a group down the river as an intermediate level guide.
Freeman started rafting when he was 5... because his mom started a rafting company! He's been working for Wild Blue Yonder ever since (well, maybe since he was 10). A river guide since 2010, Freeman has trained and worked on the Ottawa River, the Colorado River (yes, in the Grand Canyon!), the Rio Pacure in Costa Rica, the Tully River in Australia, and on rivers in Patagonia and Morocco! During the winter months, Freeman can often be found trotting around the globe.
Annie is from Preston in the UK. In 2013, she decided to take a break from work and learn something new. An experienced climber, becoming a rafting guide was a natural fit. She successfully completed our Guide Training Program and is now in her sixth summer with Wild Blue Yonder. Although she has left her full time position to pursue her career in massage therapy, Annie will still be assisting the team part-time in financing!
Fabian is from Chile. Two years ago, one of our seasoned guides, Dean, met Fabian while travelling in Chile. Fabian was working as a sherpa in Torres del Paine, a national park in the southern Chilean Patagonia. The two became friends, and after finding out that Fabian also had done some river guiding, Dean suggested Fabian travel to Canada to take our Raft Guide Training Course. Now Fabian is returning for his third season with us as the Grande Cache River Manager. Welcome back!
Cory has been river guide with Wild Blue Yonder since 2003. One day a young guy in a toque, fresh from the College of the Rockies, walked up to us at a trade show and asked for a job. Cory has long been a member of the Wild Blue Yonder family, and has also guided canoe trips, rock climbing, caving and canyoneering. As lovable as he is talented, Cory truly has a passion for running rivers and showing people a great time!
Fletcher has been a river guide with Wild Blue Yonder since 2001. We were a young company in our 3rd year when Fletcher gave us a call. We also happen to be opening our 3rd boat, and Fletcher would be a 3rd guide! We figured it must be destiny. Although he retired from full-time guiding a few years ago, Fletcher still makes an occasional appearance on the oars. He brings a charismatic laid-back style and a sharp wit, along with dazzling ability. And there's that beard, too!
Rio, which means River in Spanish, is the daughter of owners Gina and Yo, and is our youngest river rat. Although she’s only 11, Rio has already accumulated a few years of helping with the business - washing wetsuits and floors by the time she was 4! She is a cheerful and energetic presence - often chatting with and charming the guests! An avid swimmer, runner, rock climber and biker, Rio is likely to follow in her mom and dad’s footsteps and become a guide!
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Originally from Canada, Samuel has guiding experience from Quebec, Australia and Nepal, Samuel will be getting his training on Sheep Creek, and getting his Canadian certification and oar-endorsement, and will work as a Trip Leader in Grande Cache first, then in Revelstoke.
From New Zealand, Keria worked there for 3 years as a class 3+ river guide. She is also an advanced medic! Keria will also be training on Sheep Creek, and getting her Canadian oar-endorsement certification. She will work as a Trip Leader in Grande Cache first, then in Revelstoke.
An Australian, Pat has an Outdoor Education degree, and has guided canoes and sea kayaks. This will be his first foray into raft guiding! Pat will be training as a class 3+ Raft Guide and working in Grande Cache first, then in Revelstoke.
From Mexico, Andrea has just finished her degree in Finance at Boise State University. As a leader of the University's Outdoor Program, Andrea will be training as a Junior Guide in Grande Cache, and working as a shuttle driver and doing float trips in Revelstoke.
With several years as a Cadet Officer, and having done some long canoe trips, Clarissa is a Canadian and will be training as a Junior Guide in Grande Cache.
A UK citizen, Katy has a wealth of experience in guest services, as well as a degree in Radio & Television. Katy will work the office in Revelstoke as our Social Media/ Photo Editor, and work on revising our Revelstoke video.
David is originally from Scotland but is now a resident in Canada. He will be bringing his experience as a professional actor, writer and yachtsman to be our Pirate Captain in Revelstoke where he will be on the look out for pirate apprentices both young and old.
Jess is a lover of the outdoors, horses, and rivers in sunshine and in snow. She pursued these interests at university where she studied outdoor and environmental education before working in customer service and guiding roles in nature tourism. With additional experience in admin, Jess will working with us in Revelstoke as Guest Services Supervisor.