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Ian | Captain

Captain Ian was born and raised near Liverpool, England. After finishing his degree in Earth Sciences, he travelled the world extensively and soon found his passion for wildlife and the ocean. He has worked all over the globe; as Dive Master & Captain in the Cayman Islands and a Master Scuba Diver Trainer in Cozumel, Mexico. Ian has chosen Victoria to settle down with his wife and kids! Ian says “I have immense respect for the ocean and its wildlife and I am truly privileged to work out there on a daily basis.”

Yves | Captain

Yves was born in Ste Anne de la Perade, PO, on the shores of the St Lawrence River. He came to Victoria when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After many adventures and 37.5 years later, Yves retired in Victoria where he has since enjoyed 22 years on the waters in and around Victoria Harbour. “Taking photos of birds and marine wildlife is one of the hobbies I enjoy when at work, at home, or traveling the globe.” In addition to being a very talented photographer, Yves also enjoys woodworking and is the creator of the wonderful pieces you will see in our office! We hope you will drop by to see them!

Marty | Captain

One of Captain Marty’s passions is hiking. Really big hikes. He is often found in the mountains on multi-day trips, exploring the wilderness and climbing peaks. He is our team hiking leader! On Sundays, you can find him exploring the vast network of hiking trails found in and around Victoria. Ask him for some recommendations if you are interested in exploring some breathtaking views and unique places to stretch your legs.

Jasper | Captain

Born and raised in Victoria, Jasper started working in the Whale Watching industry in 2016. He has been exploring the Salish Sea from a young age and is grateful for the opportunity to share his passion of marine wildlife with passengers from all over the world! When Jasper is not working on the Marauder IV he can be found exploring our beautiful coast.

Katie | Chief Mate / Marine Naturalist

Katie is from the Niagara Region in Ontario. She attended the University of Guelph where she studied Zoology. During her university summers, she worked at Lake Huron where she learned to scuba dive and then eventually became a first mate on a shipwreck/island tour boat. “I admired the Salish Sea from afar for a few years, learning as much as I could while dreaming of merging my mariner career with my passion for wildlife and being a naturalist.” Katie finally moved to Vancouver Island in September 2022 with her husband and beloved 15 year old cat! “My favorite fact is that the Salish Sea is one of the most biologically rich inland seas in the world! I have so much gratitude for my time exploring it with our guests and building connection, respect, and admiration for this ecological jewel and its extraordinary inhabitants.”

Tyson | Zodiac Skipper

Originally from Northern Ontario, Tyson spent much of his youth exploring remote wilderness areas, including Algonquin Park and the many Canoe Portage routes therein. Tyson also played competitive Hockey into his early twenties, which emphasized the importance of being a team player, allowed him to explore much of Ontario and inspired him to experience new places. His passion for adventure led him to live in various parts of North America, including above the Arctic Circle for a full season, before settling on the West Coast of BC, where he has lived most of his adult life and has spent more than 25 years working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry. Tyson’s passion for wildlife and the natural environment led him to Tofino BC, where he spent over a decade showcasing the West Coast of Vancouver Island to visitors from around the world, as a Zodiac skipper, wildlife guide and naturalist. Tyson continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the vibrant spirit and natural environment surrounding Victoria and thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion and sense of humor with guests as they explore the Salish Sea, where each day is a new adventure. Tyson also enjoys shooting wildlife and landscape photography on and off the water, viewing this as a way to capture magical moments and share them with others.

Sophie | Guest Service Agent / Marine Naturalist

Due to her parents’ remote work, Sophie’s upbringing was diverse, as they traveled globally working as scuba diving and ski/snowboard instructors. After falling in love with Canada, she settled in British Columbia. Sophie is a member of the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists (SSAMN) and has obtained various scuba diving certifications during her travels. Her passion for marine life led her to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, an off-site hospital for ill, injured and abandoned marine mammals where she assisted with rescuing and rehabilitating them for release back into their natural habitat. Now, seeking a change, Sophie wishes to get people out on the water to experience the profound beauty and diversity of the Salish Sea while also hoping to reconnect with the marine animals she assisted in rehabilitating and releasing.

Liz | Guest Service Agent

Liz is a Bachelor of Science undergraduate student at the University of Victoria entering her final year of pursing a degree in Geography and Environmental Science. Liz has a passion for Marine ecology and in her free time enjoys exploring the outdoors painting rocks, or hanging out with her cat Cashew or reading a good book. Liz is also working towards getting her diving certification to further improve her understanding of the amazing ecosystems in the waters surrounding Victoria. Liz hopes that she can help others discover their love for nature through amazing encounters with local wildlife!

Anna | Guest Service Agent

Anna is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Victoria. She was born and raised in Calgary and she came out to the west coast after completing high school and fell in love with everything BC has to offer! In her free time, Anna enjoys watching sunsets, swimming at the beach, and spending time with her friends. Anna is so excited to expand her knowledge about the Salish Sea and all its beauty! She was drawn to SpringTide for their friendly and fun environment that always leaves her smiling.

Raylene | Guest Service Agent

Raylene just graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Neurobiology and a minor in Business. Raylene grew up in Calgary, AB, where she spent her weekends in the mountains, so she has always had a love for the outdoors. When she’s not working you can find her soaking up the sun with her friends, camping and hiking, or working on her art! Raylene has always loved animals from a young age and has always been passionate about animal welfare. She is eager to bring her love for animals to SpringTide where she can inspire and encourage others to make sustainable choices to support our wildlife.

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