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The COLT directors hire instructors for the COLT program who are experts in their given field, as well as excellent educators. These are people who are passionate about teaching their craft and inspiring adventurers. Many are leaders in their field. They also provide a window into possible career paths and are a treasure of advice on how to make the outdoor world more than a hobby.

COLT instructors are not only chosen for their technical skills but also on their ability to effectively educate and pass on their knowledge in a fun, safe and supportive way. Some are COLT alumni.

All courses are taught at a guide-to-student ratio that ensures safety and maximum learning at all times.  All possess high levels of wilderness first aid.

Julia Tashiro

Julia's passion lies with how time spent in the outdoors can fuel one's connection with nature, refocus personal goals and build community. As a Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide, with experience on mountains and rocks, a BA in Social Psychology and a MA in Adventure Education she links hard and soft skills.

Sebastian Tashiro

Sebastian started rock climbing more than 15 years ago and fell in love with the mountains while exploring the Swiss Alps. He has a geography degree, a MA in Adventure Education and and a wealth of experience working in the outdoor industry all over the world.

Jamie Boulding

Jamie is one of the most respected outdoor educators and paddlers in Canada. He is a master canoe instructor, a senior whitewater kayak instructor and a sea kayak guide examiner.

Richard Dugas

Taking COLT himself in 1992 Richard has now been teaching for the program for over 20 years. In his quiet and humble, yet incredibly knowledgeable way he masters the art of mentoring students to become not only skilled boaters but also responsible people and leaders.

Bill Phipps

Bill is our main mountain and rock climbing instructor. He is an encyclopedia of our local mountains and rocks with decades of experience exploring new routes on rock, snow and ice. His teaching degree becomes apparent in the organized progression in everything he teaches.

Laurel Archer

Laurels versatile skill set has benefited the COLT program for many years. She is a master canoe instructor, a senior whitewater kayak instructor and sea kayak guide examiner. Her high expectations hold people accountable and helps them rise to their full potential.

Rob & Laurie Wood

With Rob being a pioneer of ice climbing and numerous first ascents in the Rockies, the BC Coast Range and Vancouver Island and Laurie being one of the best female Squamish Rock Climbers of her time both of them have been integral parts of the COLT program since its start in 1977.

Dave Prothero

David is a mainstay of the Whitewater community on Vancouver Island with a wealth of local knowledge and the event organizer for the Puntledge Paddle Fest. He is known for his step by step progression that allows students to explore the rivers with confidence.

Amy Benskin

Amy's love for the water started in high school, as she spent summers teaching sailing and racing in regattas. Amy did COLT in 2005 and emerged on a multi faceted career working for various outdoor programs. She is a highly skilled sea kayak and white water canoeing instructor.

Sarah Hauser

Sarah completed the COLT program in 1997 and has since taken on various jobs in the outdoor industry including working as an outdoor instructor in many fields, sea kayak guide and trainer and work on whale watching boats.

Max Fisher

Max took the COLT program in 2003 and has specialized in leading expeditions all over the world in various disciplines. With his multi - talented skill set he teaches a variety of courses for the program. He inspires the outdoor community with doing things that have not been done and pushing limits.

Michael "Doc" Crawford

Wilderness First Aid skills are a must in the outdoors. With his many years of experience in the medical field, great passion for outdoor adventure and wilderness travel and always another good story to tell, to make fist aid stick to your head Doc is the best teacher out there!

Ian Middleton

Ian was very fortunate to grow up on Canada’s fresh coast, where he had access to an amazing natural playground. Being raised in an active family, Ian was introduced to sport at an early age, so it didn’t take long for him to find his calling in the mountains.

Tony Maclane

Tony's attraction of rock walls, from boulders to big walls has taken most of his time and energy. He is grateful to share this love as a teacher to beginners of all ages. Being a Squamish local and a certified ACMG asstiant rock guide he is one of our main squamish climbing instructors.

Sean Pickersgill

Sean has a passion for the mountains and truly enjoys sharing these special places with others as well as passing on the skills to thrive in these sometimes inhospitable places.