The best team…period!

Why? Because we love paddling and exploring the natural world. We are fulfilled by sharing these joys with people. Our guides have a cumulative total of over 85 years of experience guiding in the Park, with some individuals having been sharing the experience and living their dream this way for over 20 years. No other company comes close!

We believe all people should be treated fairly, from involving participants in decision-making, to paying staff well, to investing in the personal development of our guides. We believe that supporting each other in our work is a more fun and effective way to do it, and we feel proud of a job well done.

Ginni Callahan

Ginni CallahanAfter nearly a decade of guiding big-group, no experience necessary trips in the Loreto area (which is mostly about cooking), Ginni decided it was worth the risk to offer something different, and started SKBM.

Through the years of guiding in Baja, Ginni has taken great interest in learning about desert plants, marine biology, geology, and the night sky. She thoroughly enjoys sharing these with people.

Ginni also founded the Columbia River Kayaking cooperative in Washington, created Slow Boat Farm on Puget Island in the Columbia River, and organized the annual Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup for 5 years. She has traveled to Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Wales, Canada, Tahiti, throughout the US, and of course Mexico to guide and coach. She is certified by the British Canoeing as a 5* Advanced Sea Leader, a Sea Leader Course Provider, and a Coach Tutor, and by the ACA as Level 5 Coastal Instructor.

Remote paddling destinations without bears, bugs, or ice intrigue her. Personal adventures include a solo to Isla Catalana, the most remote island in the Loreto National Marine park, renowned for its endemic rattleless rattlesnakes, of which she saw none. In 2012-2013 she sailed across the South Pacific with Captain Henrick, in a 36′ steel monohull called Misty. They had kayaks on board, of course. She paddled solo across the Gulf of California in 2020, a journey whose final 55nm from Isla Tortugas to the Sonora coast she completed in 18 hours.

Ginni’s motivating vision in Sea Kayak Baja Mexico is to create a self-sustaining community of paddlesports professionals in Loreto who will train and mentor future generations of paddlers, guides, and coaches.

Ginni built two wooden boats, Pygmy Boats’ Arctic Tern and Arctic Tern 14. She has been featured in the original “This is the Sea” video and in several magazine articles. She wrote regularly for Ocean Paddler Magazine (until it went out of print during Covid) and makes occasional entries in a personal blog called kayaktravel. Her current writing project is a guidebook for the National Marine Park of Loreto. She is also a breast cancer survivor who wants to give hope to others undergoing that journey.

Marcos Simental

Marcos Simental
Marcos lives in the middle of the Baja California Peninsula and splits his time between fishing on the Pacific side and guiding out of Loreto. A strong paddler and seasoned leader, he led kayak trips in the Loreto area for 16 years before joining our team. Marcos holds his British Canoeing 4-star Sea Leader and UKCC Coach Level 1 certifications. Friendly, mellow, funny, and resourceful, he has a love for the sea and its creatures. A deep knowledge of how to coax food from the sea and a myriad of ways to make it taste delicious are among the many talents he brings to the Sea Kayak Baja Mexico team.

Marcos is a keen observer and is usually the first to spot whales and changes in the weather. His sharp eye and joy in helping people also make him an effective and much-appreciated coach.

Marcos also charters sport fishing from his panga in San Carlos.

Ramon Arce

Ramon Arce
Ramon grew up beside the San Isidro lagoon in the Sierra la Giganta mountains inland from Loreto. He interned with Sea Kayak Baja Mexico in 2011 while in university, and has become invaluable to us as a man who can do it all: lead trips, fix kayaks, staff the store, drive shuttles, and charm just about anyone. He has his British Canoeing 4-star Sea Leader and UKCC Coach Level 1 certifications. Ramon has an impish sense of humor and a contagious giggle, and a calm way of noticing everything.

Ramon is developing cultural tours to his hometown, highlighting the rustic way of life. Tortillas are handmade, sugar is boiled from canes and poured into molds that resemble the iconic El Pilon mountain that overlooks the lagoon. Ramon is certified as a guide by the Federal Tourist Board known as SECTUR.

Maria Aguilar

Maria AguilarEnthusiastic, energetic, creative, and fun, Maria is a genuine Baja gal! She grew up on the shores of San Ignacio Lagoon in central Baja, home of the famous friendly gray whales, and has been sharing her love of the outdoors with people ever since. She has paddled most of the length of the Gulf of California. Maria holds her UKCC Coach Level 1 certification. In the summer, Maria works as a scuba dive-master and dive instructor.

Jorge Soto

Since coming to Baja in the fall of 2018, Jorge has introduced dozens of Loreto residents to paddlesports through the free classes offered by our Club, has developed a serious addiction to surfing sea kayaks, and has worked his way up to a lead guide. He loves the outdoors, nature, fishing, and extreme sports. You’ll see that twinkle come to his eye when he’s just accomplished something challenging.

Izaura Colunga

Izaura is one of a kind! Her genuine friendliness and sense of adventure draw people in. She is transitioning from a role in registration to full time guiding. She lifts our spirits with her laugh, and shuttles kayak carts back from beach rentals with her trusty tricycle-taxi.

Ruben Bastida

Ruben has a scientist’s eye for detail and a coach’s heart for helping people. He came to our team through our partner Sea Trek where he is a much-requested guide. He is an active volunteer in our paddling club, opening opportunity for local residents to learn to kayak and enjoy the Marine Park .

Art Noll

World traveler, outdoor adventurer, outstanding guide and world’s most meticulous mechanic, Art is a man of many interests and talents.  He mostly leads trips for SKBM’s partner Sea Trek. Of all the places he’s explored: Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Europe, and the bayous of Florida, Baja remains his favorite!

Nikee Fabre

Nikee loves life, especially underwater life! Though he trained in finance, he’s also a bit of a philosopher, worked in the Loreto National Park for a while and is certified as a SCUBA divemaster. He started paddling with us as part of the Loreto Paddle Club and has worked his way up to being a Club leader and day trip guide. He has a genuinely kind heart and many talents.

Jaime Moreno

Jaime can roll, Jaime can paddle like the wind, he can manage a database and fix a kayak, and Jaime can greet you with a smile every time. With his positive attitude and boundless energy, Jaime is a tremendous asset to the team. He currently works in the store and does registration as he develops his paddling and leadership skills through our paddle club. Look for him on our day trips soon and on expeditions not long after that!

Felipe Moreno

Club Organizer and Leader Felipe came to us for a kayaking leadership course and we liked him so we asked him to stick around and organize the Loreto Paddle Club for us. Through club activities he’s gained a solid command of sea paddling and coaching. He also loves sailing and rock climbing and spending as much time outdoors as possible!

Wuingny Fabre

Club Leader Wuingny (pronounced like Whitney) came to Loreto on the invitation of her brother Nikee and started a business caring for people’s pets and rehabilitating dogs. She began paddling with the Club and has become a dedicated supporter and leader of club activities. She has a delightful sense of fun and a determination to work hard and succeed.

Aurea

Club Leader Aurea is a biologist who works for the Loreto National Park as her real job 🙂 She is passionate about sharing the natural world with people as well as continuing to learn about it herself. She has planted the seeds of birdwatching in the hearts of many a club paddler. Share her knowledge and joy on one of our Baja for the Curious trips.

Support Team

Estela Gonzalez

Estela is our outstanding Finance and Logistics Manager. Her attention to detail and forward thinking help keep us solvent and her smile brightens our day. She’s also quite handy with a sewing machine when things need repair!

Enrique Grajeda

Enrique brings many talents to the team, including a deep commitment to environmental concerns. With unstoppable energy, he manages the store and registration, oversees facility care, and designs and fabricates things we struggle to find in the marketplace. He also works for the town of Loreto with an aim to ensure the livability of the area for the long term with such projects as access to fresh water, waste-flow management and support for entrepreneurial startups that keep the recycling loop close to home.

Rodolfo Amador

Rodolfo heads up the ground support team for the trips that SKBM runs for our partner Sea Trek during the busy season and helps keep the facility ship-shape the rest of the year. His commitment to doing a job well sets a high standard for the team!

Gabino Amador

Gabino lends steady support to the ground support team for the trips that SKBM runs for our partner Sea Trek during the busy season and helps keep the facility ship-shape the rest of the year. We love that he sings while working! His positive, can-do attitude is just what’s needed to face long workdays in the busy season!

Manuel Navarro


Manuel has ambitions to do it all! He’s starting with being an all-around helpful guy in the base of operations and driving shuttles. He’s got a playful streak a mile wide. We all appreciate his penchant for cooking and sharing meals!

Samberto Castro

Born and raised in Ensenada Blanca, just south of Loreto, Samberto is as local as they get. He grew up in a fishing family which instilled in him an intimate knowledge and deep affection for the sea. Samberto is friendly, hard-working, aware, and fun. He also has the cleanest and best-maintained panga (motorboat) anywhere!

(get photos of Steve & Ramon Alvarado & Gabino & Talo & Alonzo)

Guest Guides

Eder Arreola

Eder surfs
Eder has profound insights and a depth of skill in group management and communication which support his work as both a guide and a business coach. SKBM has benefitted from the range of his expertise. Eder also holds BCU 4-star Sea Leader and UKCC Coach Level 1 certifications. He is an inspired athlete as well, and the only person I’ve ever heard of to have completed a circumnavigation of Isla del Carmen (about 70nm) in less than 24 hours.

Engage Eder in coaching kayak skills or discussing life philosophy and you will come away enriched. He also has a sweet sense of humor and a genuine heart for people. You’ll see!

Jano Garibay

AR.JanoLaughs
Jano hails from Jalisco where he worked as a volcano hiking guide before moving to Baja in 2017. Versatile and creative, Jano started in our store, worked a day trip guide, and moved rapidly up to expedition leader and coach. Jano is always ready with a smile and a laugh! He aims to use adventure sports to make positive change in local communities and the planet.

Andrew Emlen

Andrew EmlenAndrew is a respected and passionate naturalist, musician, farmer, and kayak guide. He has guided kayak trips in western Washington state since 1998, originally for Skamokawa Center, and later with the Columbia River Kayaking cooperative, of which he is a co-owner.
Andrew brings a depth of knowledge of birds and other creatures. A spotting scope and a travel guitar are always in his luggage when he comes to Baja. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education, and has been instrumental in our Natural History of Baja trips since 2015. Vocal, too.

Neil Schulman

Neil SchulmanNeil Schulman is a photographer, photography instructor, writer, conservationist, and sea kayaker who started paddling in Maine and eastern Canada about the time of Watergate, although he was barely tall enough to see over the gunnel of the aluminum Grumman he was in at the time. He started whitewater kayaking in a Perception Dancer in the Northwest and eastern Scotland in the late 1980s before plunging into sea kayaking. His photography and writing clients include Adventure Kayak, Leatherman, The Clymb, Stansport, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Willamette Restoration Initiative, and others in the outdoors and conservation sectors. His images were used in the campaign to protect Oregon Wilderness that was signed into law by President Obama in 2009. You can see his writing and photography at neilschulman.com. In his “other career”, he does environmental work, and co-founded the Confluence Environmental Center, which builds future environmental leaders in his home state of Oregon. He likes just about anything that involves a boat, water, wild places, dramatic light, laughter, coffee, and corny jokes: one of his favorite books is Ernest Hemmingway’s The Pun Also Rises.

The best team…period!


 

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