Captain & Crew
OUR CAPTAINSOur 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 - 6 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 BoyumWhen 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 MasonBrad 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.
In the Office & On-board, Trish BoyumHelping 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.
Trish has retired from the galley on board the Great Bear II but will still be working on board the Great Bear II as a crew person, naturalist and photographer. For those that might like some photographic instruction in the field, Trish would be happy to assist when she is working on board.
See Trish Boyum's Facebook Page for updates on timely environmental issues.
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.
Trish would be happy to discuss your food and beverage preferences.
Chef Cindy LewisCindy 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 MorrisonGail 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 StevelyDarren 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!
Marjan Watt, Crew MemberMarjan'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 third season with us a crew member!
Abby Stevely, Crew MemberNew to the Ocean Adventures team, Abby is a full-time student currently earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, concentrating in Wildlife Ecology. Growing up in Squamish and the Fraser Valley, Abby developed a deep love of nature and all its creatures, as well as a passion for conservation and the preservation of their ecosystems. She is excited to help facilitate amazing experiences for our guests in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
While Abby is new to our Ocean Adventures family, Trish and Eric have known Abby since she was born and couldn't be happier that she is joining us. From a very early age when Trish shared videos of the Great Bear Rainforest with Abby and when she helped Eric on his laptop when Ocean Adventures was getting started, we are humbled by her affinity for animals and the natural world.
Krista Gooderham, Naturalist, Crew Member
From Vancouver Island to Baffin Island, Krista spends most of her time on or in the ocean as a guide, teacher, sailor, and cold water diver.
With an endless curiosity for the natural world, Krista spends her time searching the remote places seeking inspiration that only time spent in the elements can provide.
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