Tommy has organized and led international kayaking, cycling, climbing and trekking trips on four continents. He has kayaked extensively in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, the Puget Sound, south Greenland, throughout the Inside Passage of western Canada and Southeast Alaska, the Bering Sea and of course, North Florida. Tommy is a 35 year veteran of wilderness expeditions, guiding, and instruction. He enjoys sharing his love and respect for the rivers, springs and coastal areas and the beauty, ease, and simplicity of paddling through these environments. Tommy believes that to travel in these environs with safety and respect requires a high-level of skill and knowledge. Tommy is an ACA Certified Guide, Level 2 Surf Instructor and Level-4, Open-Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, and a certified Wilderness First Responder. Tommy also serves on the Executive Council of Florida's America Canoe Association and is a TrailKeeper and Trail Angel for the Florida Paddle Trails Association and works directly on special projects with the Apalachicola RiverKeeper and the National Safe Boating Council. Tommy works to craft public policy in working with various municipal, state and federal agencies to protect the environment and to make paddling as safe as possible and accessible. Tommy believes that people will be inspired to preserve and protect the environment if they have an opportunity to experience these beautiful and wild places.
Michael has had a career in education spanning 40 years. He is a curriculum specialist with background in adult education and distance learning. Michael has been paddling for over 30 years and has helped scores of others learn to love kayaking as he does. A Cedar Strip boat builder, he has designed and built more than 50 kayaks. Hehas paddled more than 30,000 miles in the waters of the Southeastern US in addition to many other locations foreign and domestic. He has also written numerous articles, reviews and trip reports appearing in kayaking publications and on kayaking related websites. Michael lives in both north Florida and coastal Maine. He is a certified Maine Guide and an active Trail Keeper with the Maine Island Trail Association.
Andy is an artist in many aspects. You can easily find Andy playing music at one of Tallahassee's live music venues or in his woodworking shop creating another spectacular strip-cedar kayak. As a guide and instructor Andy loves sharing the beauty and wonders of the springs, forests, and beautiful swamps of north Florida. Andy especially loves guiding overnight kayaking trips and teaching outdoor cooking skills.
Harry has a fascination with the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, biking, fishing and kayaking the rugged terrain of Alaska all the way to the karst topography of Florida, both of which he has spent some time. However, it is no secret that his true passion lies in kayak fishing.
As a Tallahassee native, he has seven years kayak fishing experience. Ranging from battling halibut in Alaska’s harsh elements to fighting redfish and trout in and out of the oyster bars that litter north Florida’s never ending flats. He takes great joy in introducing and teaching newcomers to the very fast growing sport. When Harry isn’t on the water or the trails, you can find him editing footage from one of his recent adventures. Harry is a member of the Florida Trail Association and certified in adult/child CPR, AED & airway
FKS&T Affiliate Instructor/Guide
Kerrie attained her ACA L4 River Kayaking with Dave Kessmann and is certified in swift water rescue.
She has been kayaking for over 35 years on rivers, coastal environments, surf zones and some lakes but whitewater is her favorite. She enjoys sharing her passion for kayaking and has been assisting paddlers with basic skills, rolling, rescue techniques and water reading for most of her paddling career.
ACA L-4 River Kayaking
River Rescue Certification by Rescue 3 International (the certification expires this year)
The Florida Kayak School and Tours is happy to bring to our area professional, ACA and BCU certified kayak instructors from around the world to share their teaching expertise. Check the Florida Kayak School and Tours calendar for upcoming special "Master Classes".