Our Guides & Coaches
The best team…period!

Ginni Callahan

Ginni CallahanAfter nearly a decade of guiding big-group, no experience necessary trips in the Loreto area (which is mostly about cooking), she 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, tends Slow Boat Farm in the summer, and organized the annual Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup for 5 years. She has traveled to Florida, Maine, Georgia, Chicago, Baltimore, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Michigan, Tasmania, Sydney (Australia), Melbourne, Chile, New Zealand, Wales, and Port Townsend to coach. She is certified by the BCU as a 5* Sea Leader, a Level 4 Sea Coach, and a Coach Tutor, and by the ACA as Level 5 Coastal Instructor.

Remote paddling destinations without bears, bugs, or ice intrigue her. She went solo in 2009 to Santa Catalina, 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 her now-husband Henrick, in a 36′ steel monohull called Misty. They had kayaks on board, of course.

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 writes regularly for Ocean Paddler Magazine, and makes occasional entires in a personal blog called kayaktravel. She is also a breast cancer survivor who wants to give hope to others undergoing that journey.

Ivette Granados

Ivette GrandosStudied marine geology in university, with a thesis on marine sediments, what they reveal about cycles of storm and calm and how that relates to the animal life. She has worked with Fernando Arcas doing research in the National Marine Park of Loreto.

She runs the retail store, puts on a kids’ summer kayak camp, organizes the Loreto Kayak Symposium, and trains the university interns. In 2011 she organized the first long distance swimming competition in Loreto. For several years she has served as the Administrator of the Union of Hoteleros, a group of small hotels and outfitters in Loreto committed to responsible tourism. In 2014 she worked as Director of Tourism for the Municipality of Loreto, traveling throughout the country to promote sustainable, eco-friendly tourism. She is certified as a guide by the Federal Tourist Board known as SECTUR, and received high quality of service certifications through the program known as Moderniza. As if that were not enough, Ivette is also a spectacular chef.

Once her two daughters are old enough, Ivette plans on guiding again, offering her geology background, her broad knowledge of colorful local history, and her culinary expertise to Sea Kayak Baja paddlers.

Marcos Simental

Marcos Simental
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 BCU 4-star Sea Leader certification. 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 ArceGrew 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 BCU 4-star Sea Leader award, and works with Ivette in the summer to run kids’ kayak programs. 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.

Edgar Escobar

Edgar EscobarLoves the sea. In addition to guiding kayak trips, Edgar works as a PADI Scuba instructor and Divemaster on live-aboard yachts in prime dive locations around Baja. He’s an enthusiastic Greenland roller, and has paddled almost the entire length of the Gulf of California. Edgar likes to put food on the camp table by free-diving with his Hawaiian sling, and is remarkably adept at it. He has a gentle way about him, and a delightfully silly sense of humor. Edgar’s long-term dream is to run a kayaking and scuba school in Baja. He earned his BCU 4-star sea leader award in 2016, after several years of guiding experience.

Yuri Hernandez

Yuri HernandezJoins Sea Kayak Baja Mexico from a widely-traveled background with NOLS. From New Zealand to Alaska, and of course Mexico, Yuri has led and taught paddlers of various ages. Her well-grounded and calm demeanor gives way to a powerful, fun-loving side. She may offer to share her morning Greet the Day meditation in the calm of morning, and later you may find her upside down doing handstands on the beach!

Yuri has mastered a number of different rolls, and has an effective style of teaching people to do them. She has her UKCC Coach 1 and has taken her BCU 5-star Sea Leader training.

Susana Field

Susana in the captain's chair

Susana in the captain’s chair

Is the face behind those friendly emails and phone calls when you contact SKBM with questions or registrations. She makes our work on the water all possible with her essential office support, and we appreciate her dearly!

John Field

John fixes a kayak ding

John fixes a kayak ding

Thought he was retired until Susana’s work brought them to Baja, and now he’s enthusiastically keeping our maintenance and repair work under control. He might be a little overqualified with his background as an aircraft mechanic, but boy do those kayaks fly when he’s done!

Santiago Berrueta

Santiago BerruetaWhen Sea Kayak Baja Mexico grew to need a second guide, Santiago was the first one Ginni hired. Santiago was the first Mexican to achieve the BCU 5-star Sea Leader award. He can juggle while standing in a kayak. His sense of humor complements his many talents and makes him an internationally popular guide and coach. Santiago has moved to Canada, married, and had a son. He founded and runs Kayak Latins du Nord with his French-Canadian wife Patricia. They offer multi-lingual trips in the whale-rich Saguenay Fjord, and the Mingan Archipelago.


 

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