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The Pros of Using a Guide vs renting equipment

 

If you are not confident that you fully understand different types of kayaks, paddleboards, equipment to safely paddle on a large body of water, a guided tour may be your best option. Wind and waves are a guarantee on lakes in Montana, Flathead Lake can be especially volatile. Wind can come up very quickly and flat, mirror-like water conditions can become one to three foot or larger in the matter of minutes. At Sea Me Paddle, we always check lake wind advisories and wind conditions before launching any tour. We have all of the proper water safety gear to keep all of our guest safe, warm and dry. We also have guides trained to assist in kayak reentry in the unlikely event that a guest overturns their kayak on a tour.In addition, our guides are familiar with the area and love to share their knowledge about history, wildlife, fauna, lake facts and other local events in the area.

 


Meet our Crew!

 

 

BJ (Brian Johnson)

SMP Owner/Lead Guide,

Procurement & Logistics

Owner and Lead Guide, BJ, has been paddling for 19 years. His favorite saying is, "Folks, You can’t see this from your couch!"

 

BJ is Swiftwater Rescue certified and has his PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. He is a Wilderness Medical First Responder, and is CPR/AED certified.

 

When he is not out on the water he is participating as a member of the Flathead County Search & Rescue Team, Flathead County Swiftwater Rescue Group and a member of the Flathead County Sheriff’s Dept. Dive Team.



 

Joli Johnson

SMP Owner/Lead Guide, Marketing & Business Guru

 

Joli loves to take guests out on tour! She has a passion for putting ginormous smiles on the faces of our guests who are experiencing paddling on Flathead Lake for the first time!

 

 

Joli also enjoys designing the marketing for Sea Me Paddle. We have guests from all around the globe and she thrives on reaching out to all of them!

 

Joli is Swiftwater Rescue certified and is First Aid/CPR/AED certified. When Joli is not on the water she is participating as a member of Flathead County Search & Rescue Team and Flathead County Swiftwater Rescue Group.


 

Sean Hickey

Guide Extraordinaire

 

This year we welcome Sean to our team of guides at Sea Me Paddle! With over six years of experience guiding he will make your SMP tour a great memory! Sean has guided in many places from Oregon to Alaska to Northern California and lucky for us back to Montana! He has guided zip lining, sea kayaking and whitewater rafting and even wilderness trips!

 

One of his most cool adventures was a 2 011 sea kayaking tour of the entire Mississippi River all 2,600 miles of it, a 3.5 month journey!!

 

Sean is a NOLS Wilderness First Responder, a Rescue 3 Swift water Technician is American Red Cross Professional CPR/First Aid Certified. He is an open water lifeguard, a PADI Advanced Diver and a USDA Forest Service Volunteer.

 

Sean and his lovely fiance Emmy enjoy living in the Flathead Valley in Montana.

 


 

Donovan Dennis

Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Guru

 

Donovan has been in and around Flathead Lake his entire life, spending summers at his family's cabin on Angel Point. He is great at assisting folks with finding fun things to do in the Flathead before or after getting thier paddle on!

 

While an undergraduate student, Donovan's travels and research trips took him from icefields in Alaska and Patagonia to the fjords of Iceland and elsewhere around the world.

 

He enjoys all kinds of athletic endeavors, so long as they can be enjoyed out under Montana's beautiful open skies.

 


"Boogie"

Head "Tail" Guide

 

Boogie aka "The Boogs", "The Boogems", "Mr. Boogems","His Highness," and also known as "'Ole Blind Boogie", is the head "tail" guide at Sea Me Paddle.

 

He is the first dog in the door in the morning and the last to leave at night. He can't see a Thang! Don't be surprised if he greets you with a cold nose to the leg!

 

When Boogie is not in the office he enjoys hanging out with the crowds and his friends at Thursday Fest, as the official mascot!

 


Paddling-101

 

BJ demonstrationg the paddle float method of reentry.

 

Sea Me Paddle offers custom beginning kayak classes and self-rescue instruction. If you are interested in learning paddling techniques and/or self-rescue techniques please Contact Us. Private instruction also available.

 

Gals learning how to right and reenter a kayak at a Woman's Evening Paddle/Class.

 

 

SAFETY FIRST

 

At Sea Me Paddle safety is our number one concern. To ensure that our guests have the paddle of a lifetime, we provide quality gear and well-maintained equipment. We also make sure that our guides are up to date on the latest weather forecast. We always reserve the right to cancel trip due to Mother Nature or unsafe conditions.

 

 

gear for all temps

 

Paddling is a year round sport! We provide the appropriate gear so that our guests can paddle 365 days a year and stay toasty and warm!

 

From warm weather to cold weather we have all your needs covered from: splash tops, dry bottoms, pogies, neoprene gloves, water pumps, paddle floats, PFD's and paddle skirts. We also have dry bags/boxes for cameras and any personal items you may like to bring on a tour.

 

 

We Are easy to find:

Across from Volunteer Park
(7220 Hwy 93 S, Suite 3)
Lakeside, Montana 59922
USA

Phone: (406) 249-1153
info@seamepaddle.com

Your Paddle Headquarters

We strive to make your paddle trip extremely safe and enjoyable for the entire family.

Making your outting perfect is our goal!!! We would love to work with you to create a custom adventure.