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Dick Hilmer

Dick Hilmer

B.S. University of Vermont '77; A.S.-Coastal Ecology '06; is a MA licensed Earth Science Teacher; and is working on his Associates Degree in Environmental Technology.
Dick is a member of USCGAUX Flotilla 11-1 and a former District Staff Officer, District 1 Boston, charge with Paddlesport Safety. He is a registered Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for geology, enivironmental studies, and water safety. Dick was Coastal Awareness Coordinator for the prestigious Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown; where he created a network of nearshore and small boat and paddling routes, Waterways of CC.
Dick serves on the board of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and is Board Chairman-elect for 2013. Is is a technical advisor to the Orleans Community Partnership and Orleans Pond Coalition. He has been a program director at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho. Dick wrote the 5th edition Insiders Guide to Cape Cod and Back to the Water commentary series for the Cape Codder Newspaper.
Dick is one of the highest ranking American Canoe Association certified kayak instructors on Cape Cod and is on the water 250 days a year, paddling with over 3900 people in 2011. He lives by the creed, “Do what you love and love what you do”.

Linda Fisher Hilmer

Linda Fisher Hilmer

Linda is one of the top female adventure kayakers on the Lower Cape. An American Canoe Association kayak instructor, she consistently teaches good technique with a very gentle, loving manner and will always share her understanding of local wildlife and trail navigation during tours she leads.
Having lived in Burlington, Vermont and Sun Valley, Idaho, before returning to Cape Cod, Linda's focus to kayaking is on balance. Her recipe ~ one part ease of paddling with one part the more technical side of kayaking, and two parts a lot spiritual connection to the natural world. A registered nurse and Reiki Master, Linda says, "one of the most amazing things about running our kayak company is being able to surround myself with such wonderful women and individuals". Linda leads the Women on Water classes for Nauset Community Education.

Carl Ladd

Erin Murdoch Bates

Raised on Cape Cod, Erin is a marsh / mudflat enthusiast who makes the marsh her outdoor classroom. She is both a fine paddler and a passionate, knowledgeable naturalist. What separates Erin from most guides is her ability to immerse herself, and those on tour, into the community of marsh organisms found all around. You will often find her digging through shells for that perfect piece to add to her jewelry making - which is really good at making shell and coastal jewelry! Oh, did we say her smile is infectious and she arrives with it each morning.

Richard Rodman

Richard Rodman

Richard Rodman is an ECC original having worked with Dick for 12 years. You'll appreciate his confident approach and love of paddling.
Richard is an expedition kayaker who paddles the Cape waterways year round. He is also our resident equipment/accessories guru - committed to knowing as much as he can about whats happening in the kayak world.
He is an ACA certified instructor and in the off-season works with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Bryan Horsley

Bryan is our free spirited resident surfer-boy. When not out in his kayak, he can be found surfing on the outer coast of Cape Cod, or jammin' on his djembe with some of his musician friends.
Bryan is an extraordinary 'self taught' paddler and he makes it look soooo easy. He is one of those guides who listens and watches his clients while asessing their need for instruction and improvement, speaking only when necessary.
In the off season he works with the Appalachian Mountain Club at Pinkham Notch at the base of Mount Washington, snowboard in hand. He loves spotting birds and will always talk to you about renewable energy.
An ACA certified instructor, life is just "cool" for this natty-dreaded Cape Codder.

Chris Zocca


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In the Press

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Cape Cod Times - Kayak Demonstration Gives Safety Tips

Cape Codder - Dick Hilmer Gives a Kayak Lesson to a Group of Girl Scouts from Pennsylvania.

Cape Codder - A Kayaking We Go!

E Magazine - A Natural Tour of Cape Cod

Hostelling International - What's to Learn?