Our fun-loving and hardworking crew are very capable people. They could do anything they want to in life and succeed. They have chosen to be on the coast they love, and chosen a principled life as part of a conservation-based economy. They are highly educated, trained and experienced.
Andrew feels that the isles and inlets of the west coast are majestically beautiful and wonderful to explore. He grew to love the B.C. coast as a child, learning to sail and race dinghies in Vancouver before becoming a sailing instructor as a teenager. Family holidays and long weekends were spent exploring the coast under sail. Life took Andrew away from Canada, and he discovered tall ships one morning while looking for breakfast. He never did eat that breakfast, but several ships and a few seas later he has life-long friendships from those crews, and memories filled with laughter and enjoyment. He also enjoyed ‘the roving gypsy life’ as a bargee in London and on the south coast of England, skippering and working on a range of vessels. Now back in Canada, Andrew feels lucky to have found a crew of humorous, hard working, skilled and safe sailors with beautiful and well-loved vessels. He looks forward to sharing our beautiful coast and helping to make happy memories that will last a lifetime.
60 ton Masters Limited (Transport Canada) Marine Advanced First Aid Radio Operators Certificate – Maritime Commercial Yacht Master Offshore 200 ton 7 Certifications from Royal Yachting Association Marine Emergency Duties – A2, A3 (Transport Canada) STCW Marine Emergency Duties Bridge Watchmen Chartwork & Pilotage Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Navigation Safety
Deckhand. Dan joined the Maple Leaf Adventures team in 2015 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree. This is not your average BSc though. Dan’s consisted of a Major in Geography, a concentration in Earth Systems, a Minor in Human Dimensions of Climate Change, and highlighted field studies in Whale Ecology from the University of Victoria. Wow! What attracted Dan to work at Maple Leaf Adventures is our commitment to supporting a sustainable tourism industry on the BC coast. He believes that eco-tourism is an effective way to build an appreciation of coastal ecosystems and to support conservation values, and we agree. Dan has circumnavigated Vancouver Island and sailed through South-east Alaska. His many memories come from working with youth and showing them the wonders of nature from a sailboat. Dan says, “The most rewarding memories are watching young people connect with their new environment and new community. For some, it is their first trip without their parents or their first time on the ocean. Being in such a new situation kids can easily shed the masks they wear in their normal lives”. Dan believes that this is a similar experience for adults — that being a part of something like this allows for that life changing moment when someone sees the beauty of the pristine wilderness for the first time. When not working with us, Dan is climbing rocks or competing in triathlons.
BSc, Geography Concentration in Earth Systems. Minor in Human Dimensions of Climate Change, University of Victoria Marine Basic First Aid Marine Emergency Duties – A1, A2 Standard First Aid & CPR Small Vessel Operators Proficiency
First Mate & Operations Manager. During the summer between grade 6 and 7, Given and his twin brother made a pact; they would swim in the ocean every single day at the beach at the bottom of the street. The deal was done, the ocean became a part of Given’s psyche, and he knew that he would forever find a way to work and play in and around the oceans of the world. Since then, Given has raced dinghy’s, taught summer sailing camps, led ‘cruise and learns’ up and down the BC coast, and managed operations for yacht charter agencies in both Victoria and Vancouver. He has also spent time exploring the Wild West coast of the Pacific Rim, where, living in Ucluelet, he and his wife developed and ran a small ferry and eco-tour company in the Broken Group Islands. Lunge feeding humpbacks and beach break surfing became an everyday occurrence, and the oceans grip on Given strengthened. From there, Given spent many years volunteering and working for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. He worked with many other amazing people to set-up, coordinate and led a fast rescue craft training program using full mission simulation. A mariner at heart, Given has many marine certifications, including a 60-ton limited license, simulated electronic navigation instructor certification, and fast rescue craft instructor certification. Over the past three years, Given has been working in the tech sector in Victoria developing e-learning training solutions and digital media and achieved his project management professional certification. In his spare time, Given takes as many photographs as possible (albeit his subjects have changed from the natural world to his two beautiful daughters), messes around with video editing and explores the rocky cliffs of BC. Given handles the operations at Maple Leaf Adventures. Splitting his time from mission control in Victoria and onboard, he will look after the operation of the two beautiful vessels, manage logistics, and help make the trips as smooth as possible for our guests and crew
BA Geography – University of Victoria Project Management Professional – Project Management Institute 60-ton limited Simulator Electronic Navigation Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Radio Operator Card – Maritime Commercial Marine First Aid Wilderness First Aid Marine Emergency Duties A1 Marine Emergency Duties A2 Marine Emergency Duties A3
Grace van Helvoirt
Mate. As a sea cadet growing up in Prince George, Grace was given the opportunity to develop a passion for sailing, including training aboard the Maple Leaf in 2008. Grace grew up outdoors with a love for camping and exploring parks in and around Prince George. Previous sailing experience has taken Grace to the UK with the cadet program as well as the Bahamas for bare-boat charters with friends. The opportunity to explore the west coast of British Columbia, where she was born and raised, aboard a beautiful historic wooden vessels, with great people was a dream come true for her. In 2015 Grace joined the crew at Maple Leaf Adventures as a deckhand and in 2018 was promoted to mate. In her spare time, Grace plays the bass guitar and enjoys walking her dog on the beaches of Vancouver.
Food Safe Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Marine Emergency Duties A2 Marine Advanced Fist Aid Restricted Radio Operator Card- Maritime Pleasure Craft Operators
Deckhand and Naturalist. Decades ago, a jellyfish stung Jeff and changed the course of his life. He was a teenager, at summer camp in Halifax, Canada. “I realized I needed to learn more about the underwater world that caused me such pain,” he says. We’re not sure how this knowledge informed his next jellyfish encounters, but he’s now a biologist with a degree focused on marine biology. His impressive experience includes classifying the biodiversity of glass sponge gardens using ROV footage, with world expert Dr. Vera Tunnicliffe, and helping to biologically classify Alaska’s entire shoreline. Studying the ocean has also lead to working on the ocean since 2007 as a sailboat captain, and yacht crew member and keeper. An avid sailing racer, Jeff has successfully accomplished the Victoria-Maui Race in under 15 days and continues to race in and around Victoria when not working for Maple Leaf Adventures. He’s also a kayaker, surfer, scuba diver and adventure traveler. To top off these skills, Jeff is one of our brilliant photographers at Maple Leaf Adventures. You can follow him on Instagram to keep up with his stunning images and escapades. Jeff’s website is jkreyphoto.com if you would like to get a hold of him regarding his photography.
Bachelors Degree in Biology – University of Victoria Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Radio Operators Proficiency- Maritime Commercial Marine Fist Aid Marine Emergency Duties A1 Marine Emergency Duties A2 Marine Emergency Duties A3 Food Safe Bear Aware Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Safety at Sea via the BC Sailing Association
Lynsey RebbetoyLynsey grew up playing on boats on Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario, and later moved on to sailing ships.She spent 9 years sailing with the Picton Castle, including doing three global circumnavigations. Lynsey lived in St. John’s, NL while earning her Watchkeeping Mate’s licence and her 150 ton masters, and has recently relocated to coastal BC with her husband and Newfoundland dog.She now calls Quadra Island home, and when not aboard Maple Leaf, you can find her in the garden or working on her pottery.“I was initially drawn to Maple Leaf Adventures by a desire to explore the coast – culturally and geographically,” she says. “I was happy to discover a great community of sailors, wonderful well-loved ships, and an ethically-driven company that I’m very proud to work for.”
150 Ton Master’s Advanced Firefighting – MED C Marine Emergency Duties – A1, B1, B2 – STCW Radio Operators Certificate – Maritime General Operator Certificate’ Marine Medical Ship Security Office Watchkeeping Mate Certificate Marine Advanced First Aid/CPR Level – HCP/AED
Matt first came to this coast on family holidays when he was ten years old, putting about in the wooden ketches his grandfather and great uncle had built by hand, and has been in love with the ocean-going lifestyle ever since.
Matt’s patrols on ships as a Deck Hand and Quartermaster with the Canadian Coast Guard for the last few years have brought him tantalizingly close to so many of the special spots ashore he now gets to visit as Ship’s Mate on the Swell.
A marine mechanic, whale watching guide, writer, and photographer, Matt feels blessed by the opportunities afforded as part of the team at Maple Leaf Adventures.
He still thinks of his grandpa and great uncle often while out on the water.
S.T.C.W. Basic Safety
S.T.C.W. Survival Craft
Journeyman Marine Mechanic
Marine Advanced First Aid
Wilderness First Aid
Restricted Radio Operator
C.C.G. R.H.I.O.T. Certificate
C.C.G. Bridge Watch Rating
Swift Water Rescue Technician
Marketing Manager & Co-Owner. Maureen is business professional and award-winning writer who was born and raised in Victoria and spent summers on the beaches of B.C.’s southern coast. Her maternal grandfather’s saltwater fishtank — teeming with flounders, hermit crabs and sea anemones — and her paternal grandfather’s patient observations of backyard birds encouraged her interest in nature as a girl. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Creative Writing and Environmental Studies, as well as certificates in business management, boating and bear guiding. After ten years marketing, managing and building teams in the high tech industry, and earlier stints in journalism, publishing and tourism, Maureen realigned her life with her priority to spend more time in the natural world. She brought her business and communications skills to Maple Leaf Adventures, where she has explored the coast aboard the Maple Leaf since 2001. She is responsible for marketing management and other business administration, and she spends a portion of each year as crew on the Maple Leaf. Maureen’s publication credits span the spectrum from the technical to the artistic; from co-editing a computer language submission to the World Wide Web Consortium, to a humourous national book chapter, to poetry in the Malahat review. Her feature writing and photography have won awards, and been published in many serials, including The Globe and Mail, the International Journal of Ecoforestry, British Columbia magazine and the Malahat Review.
Bachelor of Arts – Creative Writing, University of Victoria Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Marine Emergency Duties A2 Radio Operator Card – Maritime Commercial Marine First Aid Wilderness First Aid Assistant Bear Guide Food Safe
Mate and Photography Instructor. Photography has been a passion and a part of Phil’s life from childhood. What started as a hobby gradually grew to become a key part of his adventures and business. Phil’s photographs appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers including: Climbing, Snowboard Canada, Rock & Ice, Explore, National Geographic Traveler, Backcountry, Couloir, The Province, Globe and Mail along with many regional publications. Combining a love of writing with photography Phil has written and published a series of guidebooks, an adventure sports magazine, and community newspaper. Multi-talented, Phil can also be found behind the wheel of Swell, navigating the coastal waters as a Mate.
First mate. Being close to water has always been a part of Skye’s life. She grew up exploring the lakes and rivers of her childhood home in western Quebec and soon was spending every summer crewing tall ships on the nearby Great Lakes and Atlantic coast.In 2008, an interest in boat building brought Skye to the west coast and she has not looked back. She worked as an apprentice to a surfboard shaper and boat builder and crewed on private yachts before casting her eye on Maple Leaf in 2012.In addition to her maritime pursuits, Skye holds a diploma in Latin American Studies from Dawson College as well as a Bachelor’s degree in First Nations & Indigenous Studies from the University of British Columbia. Skye’s studies at UBC fuel her growing curiosity to learn more about historical and contemporary human connections to the land and waters we visit. ‘I feel deeply honoured to have learned so much about the coast over the last 5 years – from the land itself and especially from the people who live within.’When she’s not using her navigation, mechanical, tourism and sailing skills, Skye can be found working on her next academic venture, madly sewing a quilt, singing to herself, and/or (no doubt) laughing.
Selected Education and Certifications BA Critical Indigenous Studies – University of British Columbia Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Assistant Bear Viewing Guide – Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC Gwaii Haanas Guide – Gwaii Haanas 60-ton Limited Master Radio Operator Card – Maritime Commerical Marine First Aid Wilderness First Aid Marine Emergency Duties A2 Marine Emergency Duties A3 Food Safe
Deckhand. Terese otherwise known as “Tree” to the Maple Leaf Adventures family, is both a tall ship sailor and a graphic designer. Her visual and three dimensional skills make Terese a valued member of the maintenance team every time there is sanding, varnishing, painting and detail work to be done on the ships.
After a career in Vancouver in graphic design, she changed her life and signed up as a trainee on the tall ship Picton Castle, out of Nova Scotia Canada. On this 179-foot barque, she sailed around the world, learning seamanship and sailing skills and exploring new continents. Since her return to Canada, Tree has crewed aboard the schooner Maple Leaf and more recently aboard the tugboat Swell. She lives in Victoria and divides her time between graphic design and crewing with Maple Leaf Adventures. In addition to deck-handing and ship maintenance at Maple Leaf, Terese has designed t-shirts and other materials, and helped in the office in many ways. Terese also dedicates time to volunteering with the Maritime Museum of BC.
Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Radio Operator Card – Maritime Commercial Marine First Aid Marine Emergency Duties A2 Food Safe