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Our Crew

Ocean Light Adventures is owned by Jenn Broom and operated by a small team of family and friends, including Chris Tulloch, Barrett Johnson, Jennifer Cates, and Sarah Ellison. They continue to get energized by introducing people from all corners of the globe to the beautiful BC coast. In 2006 Chris Tulloch joined the Ocean Light Adventures team and he has helped grow our company success. More recently Barrett began working with us and now Chris and Barrett will share the skipper duties. Together they have over 38 years of coastal sailing experience. We are also fortunate to have a very talented resource staff working with us, the number of which varies annually and with the evolution of our adventure tour program. These individuals enhance our program and allow us more diverse offerings.

Jenn is the company owner and the wind behind the sails of Ocean Light Adventures. She has been a first mate, cook, guide and crew with the company since 1991 and continues to thrive in her coastal lifestyle. Jenn ensures your stay on the Afterglow I is comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. Delicious, nutritious food flows out of Jenn’s galley and she keeps the boat ship shape, warm and dry. When not busy tending to the needs of her guests you will find Jenn paddling her kayak or riding her exercise bike on the deck. Year ‘round Jenn heads up the portable office: coordinating trips, answering emails, and continually striving to improve the program and offerings of Ocean Light Adventures.

Jenn is the company owner and the wind behind the sails of Ocean Light Adventures. She has been a first mate, cook, guide and crew with the company since 1991 and continues to thrive in her coastal lifestyle. Jenn ensures your stay on Afterglow I is comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. Delicious, nutritious food flows out of Jenn’s galley and she keeps the boat ship shape, warm and dry. When not busy tending to the needs of her guests you will find Jenn paddling her kayak or riding her exercise bike on the deck. Year ‘round Jenn heads up the portable office: coordinating trips, answering emails, and continually striving to improve the program and offerings of Ocean Light Adventures.

Chris has been highly respected in the charter industry on the BC Coast for over 25 years and his easy-going nature and attention to detail make him a well-rounded trip leader. He is a certified master bear guide as well as a whale and marine mammal expert who brings a new focus to our company. Chris is a Canadian Coast Guard Certified Master and has commanded research vessels responsible for marine mammal studies, wildlife documentaries and seabird studies. He has guided a variety of coastal adventures and has developed an extensive working knowledge of the diverse wildlife along the rich coast of BC. This past year, Chris has taken on the task of overseeing the refit of the recently purchased Afterglow I. He is extremely knowledgeable and capable of outfitting the boat to an amazing and impressive standard.

Chris has been highly respected in the charter industry on the BC Coast for over 25 years and his easy-going nature and attention to detail make him a well-rounded trip leader. He is a certified master bear guide as well as a whale and marine mammal expert who brings a new focus to our company. Chris is a Canadian Coast Guard Certified Master and has commanded research vessels responsible for marine mammal studies, wildlife documentaries and seabird studies. He has guided a variety of coastal adventures and has developed an extensive working knowledge of the diverse wildlife along the rich coast of BC. This past year, Chris has taken on the task of overseeing the refit of the recently purchased Afterglow I. He is extremely knowledgeable and capable of outfitting the boat to an amazing and impressive standard.

Barrett inspires calm and confidence in the people who surround him. The lakes and rivers of his Ontario youth gave way to the islands and beaches of the west coast in 2002. First drawn to the surf in Tofino, and eventually working his way north to Haida Gwaii. He has been leading groups on wilderness adventures since 2004.  As a certified captain, sea kayak guide instructor, wilderness first responder and member of his local volunteer marine rescue society, he is always focused on safety and sound decision making. Barrett has spent the last 15 years working in mainly in Gwaii Haanas in the southern part of Haida Gwaii, also working as an “at sea observer” for the prawn fishery each spring. He has a huge respect for the ocean and it’s creatures, and has spent years learning the natural and cultural history of the west coast.  Teaching comes naturally and he loves to get people involved in the experience – to share and learn together. He passes the winters working as a carpenter, and spending as much time as possible with his family.”

Barrett inspires calm and confidence in the people who surround him. The lakes and rivers of his Ontario youth gave way to the islands and beaches of the west coast in 2002. First drawn to the surf in Tofino, and eventually working his way north to Haida Gwaii. He has been leading groups on wilderness adventures since 2004.  As a certified captain, sea kayak guide instructor, wilderness first responder and member of his local volunteer marine rescue society, he is always focused on safety and sound decision making. Barrett has spent the last 15 years working in mainly in Gwaii Haanas in the southern part of Haida Gwaii, also working as an “at sea observer” for the prawn fishery each spring. He has a huge respect for the ocean and it’s creatures, and has spent years learning the natural and cultural history of the west coast.  Teaching comes naturally and he loves to get people involved in the experience – to share and learn together. He passes the winters working as a carpenter, and spending as much time as possible with his family.”

Jennifer was raised near the sea in California where her love and respect for the ocean originated. Sailing lessons, SCUBA certification, and sea kayak courses were favourite components of her early education. As a professional diver at Marine World, Jennifer closely interacted with cetaceans and developed a deep interest in marine mammals. Jennifer moved to British Columbia in 2009 intent on becoming a sea kayak guide. Since earning certification from the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides, Jennifer has led numerous trips on BC’s Sunshine Coast and Haida Gwaii. She has long worked as a guide on the kayak mothership cruises and now joins the Ocean Light Adventures team as a crew member. When Jennifer is not on or below the surface of the sea, she is employed as a veterinary technician and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and cooking.

Jennifer was raised near the sea in California where her love and respect for the ocean originated. Sailing lessons, SCUBA certification, and sea kayak courses were favourite components of her early education. As a professional diver at Marine World, Jennifer closely interacted with cetaceans and developed a deep interest in marine mammals. Jennifer moved to British Columbia in 2009 intent on becoming a sea kayak guide. Since earning certification from the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides, Jennifer has led numerous trips on BC’s Sunshine Coast and Haida Gwaii. She has long worked as a guide on the kayak mothership cruises and now joins the Ocean Light Adventures team as a crew member. When Jennifer is not on or below the surface of the sea, she is employed as a veterinary technician and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and cooking.

Jenn’s daughter Sarah was born on-board the Ocean Light II and began her first charter season on the BC Coast at the age of 5 months. She is totally at home on the boat and loves meeting new people and showing them the wonders of her coastal world. These days she is seen less often on the Ocean Light II. She is busy persuing her own passions. Hopefully she will make some guest appearances on some trips in the future…

Jenn’s daughter Sarah was born on-board the Ocean Light II and began her first charter season on the BC Coast at the age of 5 months. She is totally at home on the boat and loves meeting new people and showing them the wonders of her coastal world. These days she is seen less often on the Ocean Light II. She is busy persuing her own passions. Hopefully she will make some guest appearances on some trips in the future…

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