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Captain & Crew

OUR CAPTAINS

Our Captains ensure that our high standards for safety and ethical bear and wildlife viewing, are always met. Their strong leadership, vast knowledge of the natural and cultural histories of our coast, their passion for the coast and its wildlife, and their great sense of humour, keep our guests coming back. On board the ship or on shore in B.C.'s most remote and spectacular locations, our Captains bring out the best and inspire all of us as they lead by example.

As fully certified bear guides, our Captains have high standards for bear and wildlife viewing. All of our bear viewing departures or trips where we could encounter bears, are led by our Captains/bear guides and sometimes other certified bear guides. Before guests go ashore for the first time where there may be bears, guests are briefed on our best practices for bear viewing. To further ensure the safety of our guests, our group sizes are limited to 2 to 5 guests. This allows our guide(s) to provide the highest level of safety to our guests, while having the least impact on the lands we visit and the animals we view - something that is extremely important to us. Our small groups also ensure a more intimate experience for our guests and unparalleled opportunities for our photographers.


Owner and Captain, Eric Boyum

When asked for the most memorable memory from her recent trip with us, a guest said:

"What stands out most, is Eric, himself: his caring, respect and love of people, animals, the flora and fauna, and the Great Bear Rainforest. His love shows through in everything he does."

All of us that work with Eric at Ocean Adventures also know this to be true. No matter how tired or how busy our Captain Eric is, he always has time to listen or to help.

We could easily extol his decades of experience and his numerous qualifications, because there are many, but it is Eric's leadership, passion, dedication, and hard work that makes working and traveling with him, a very real and meaningful experience.


Brad Mason

Brad has spent most of his life near the water. Having grown up around lakes in Northwestern Ontario, he has spent a large portion of his time in the wilderness. He is a graduate of West Coast Adventure College where he completed the Level II Adventure Tourism program. He is now a part time instructor there teaching new students how to safely operate vessels and other marine related subjects

Brad has been a certified Captain for many years and has spent the past 13 seasons in the whale watch industry as both a Zodiac Skipper and 60 Tonne Captain.

He is an active member of the Pacific Whale Watching Association as well as a Certified Level 1 Bear Viewing guide

Brad spends the majority of his winters traveling and has had wonderful adventures in Mexico, South and Central America. He is looking forward to sharing some of his experiences with you as well as creating new ones.


Captain Xander Oldaker

Xander Oldaker has been a captain for 23 years and has been leading wilderness tours in BC for almost 29 years. His boating career has taken him from teaching sailing in Downtown Vancouver to riding out hurricanes in the West Indies to Exploring the Fjords of Greenland, Iceland and Norway. When not on larger boats, Xander works as a wilderness guide leading sea kayak and hiking adventures from South America to the high arctic. He lives with his wife and 2 kids in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.


In the Office & On-board, Trish Boyum

Helping Eric with the running of the company, marketing and trip reservations, is Eric's long time partner and wife, Trish Boyum.

After having grown up on cattle ranches in B.C.'s interior, Trish now calls the coast her home, and is passionate about the preservation of its wildlife and intact rainforests.

Brought up in the interior of the province means that supporting projects there too is important to Trish — projects that Wayne McCrory of Valhalla Wilderness Society, leads. Wayne, passionate about the preservation of B.C.'s wilderness and wildlife, has been instrumental in gaining protection for many areas of our province. Trish and Eric feel honoured to call Wayne a friend and mentor.

In 2019, Trish will be spending less time in the galley of the Great Bear II and spending more time with guests on board the ship and the field as crew person and photographer.

See Trish Boyum's Facebook Page for updates on timely environmental issues.



"Every time I look into the eyes of Grizzly Bears, like this young female, through the lens of my camera, I'm filled with joy, wonder and a soul-filling gratitude.

After spending time with these bears, I hope our guests will understand what I have come to understand about Grizzly Bears... that they are intelligent, good-natured, perceptive, gentle, sometimes funny, and among the most endearing beings I've come to know."

...from Trish


When you have any questions about our trips, the food our chefs create for you, or any logistical questions, Trish is happy to answer them.

If you have traveled with us in the past, and would like one of Trish's recipes, please feel free to contact her for that as well.

If you are planning a Custom (Private) Charter with us,
Trish would be happy to discuss your food and beverage preferences.


Chef Cindy Lewis

Cindy is a self-taught chef who loves to create delicious meals using the freshest of ingredients available. While she likes to use her favourite menu items, she is not afraid to try out something new on you!

Cindy is an avid wildlife photographer (bears are favourite) and has found a niche cooking for guests at amazing wildlife locations. Cindy loves meeting new people and enjoys helping them have a great adventure.


Chef Gail Morrison

Gail Morrison is a chef who loves to cook and laugh! Gail has a ton of experience cooking of all sorts of great people in unique situations.

Gail loves the wonderful BC outdoors all year long! While Gail works in several unique wilderness locations, she looks forward to creating amazing food for you on board our Great Bear II.


Chef Darren Stevely

Darren has been a long time friend of Trish and Eric's so they knew that the combination of his cooking skills, his personality, and his great sense of humour, would make him a great Chef on board Great Bear II. Darren loves to look after our guests and keep us all laughing!


Cassandra Willie

Cassandra comes from the Heiltsuk and Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw tribes of Bella Bella and Kingcome Inlet. She has ties to the Kynoch (Xai Xais) and ties that reach as far as Bella Coola, (Nuxalk).

Cassandra is the second born and eldest daughter of her siblings. Raised culturally with knowledge and traditional practices of both sides of her family, she comes from strong bloodlines that have helped shape who she has become today.

At a young age, Cassandra expressed an interest in learning her language and culture. Cassandra is passionate about working towards a better future with her people.

Cassandra is very excited to work with Ocean Adventures in 2019 and looks forward to spending time out in her traditional territories with guests, sharing her knowledge and her culture with all of us.

Congratulations Cassandra for completing your Aboriginal Ecotourism Program!

We are very excited to welcome Cassandra Willie to our crew in 2019!


Marjan Watt

Marjan's passion for exploring our coast was found some years ago when she joined Eric and Trish for a journey into Fjordland.

She has travelled the world extensively from the sub arctic to Antarctica but find B.C.'s coast the most alluring and returns year after year. She loves to help people discover our coast and all its magic while ensuring the guest experience on each trip is second to none.

We are very excited to welcome Marjan back for her second season with us a crew member!



Stay tuned for news on new crew members joining us in 2019.


Experience the Wild in Wilderness !
  
First class BC wilderness cruises, coastal tours and charters on the West Coast of British Columbia aboard the 54 ft. Great Bear II, out of Vancouver, BC.
· Haida Gwaii · Queen Charlotte Islands · Great Bear Rainforest · Gulf Islands · Princess Louisa Inlet ·
· Desolation Sound · Howe Sound · Indian Arm · Whale Watching · Bear Viewing · Wilderness Adventures ·

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