Kelly Yelverton

When I was first introduced to the San Juan Islands in 2010 as an intern with Discovery Sea Kayaks, I considered guiding a fun summertime job option. By my second season, I was completely obsessed with kayaking as a sport and also as the perfect mode of backcountry travel.

My desire to work in the outdoors along with my constant drive to improve as a paddler has turned sea kayak guiding into less of a summertime job and more of a career path.

I hope to pass on my love of kayaking and the outdoors to everyone I take out on the water.

As a history graduate from Lewis & Clark College, I particularly enjoy sharing the island’s rich human history with guests. In 2013 I spent three months kayaking from San Juan Island to Skagway, Alaska with a friend. The experience reinforced my love of kayaking and the outdoors, something I hope to pass on to everyone I take out on the water.