Hydra River Guides is proud to boast the most experienced guides on The Kicking Horse River.

Read more about our awesome team below!

Dave O

Head Guide

’’ I started my raft / Safety Kayaking career on the Ottawa River in '88, moved to Golden BC to work on the Kicking Horse in '92 and still think it is a great place to call home. I have been working with Hydra since '98 and look forward to getting into the lower canyon every season! I spend my winters as an ACMG Ski Guide Catskiing and Touring in the Selkirk Mountains. ’’

Dave E

2nd in Command

’’ I am the Ginger Ninja Canadian who spends his winters in NZ. I'm a keen kayaker and raft all year round - loving to share the joy of white water with guests. I also like creative writing and poetry - look out, I''ll do my best to charm my way to your heart! ’’

Jan

Guide

’’ I have been rafting for 8 seasons; on the upper Red Deer, the Jacques Cartier and the mighty Kicking Horse River. In the winter, I am a back country snowmobile guide out of Golden, BC. During the off seasons I spend my time traveling for kayaking, surfing and rock climbing. I am very excited to spend another season with the great folks at Hydra and show everyone what this beautiful river has to offer. ’’

Erik

Guide

’’ I am a diamond in amongst all the gems here at Hydra River Guides. Born and raised in central BC, I have become a nomad over the past 12 years calling home where ever I rest my head. I started guiding on the Ottawa River in 2008 and this is my sixth season on the Kicking Horse River. My goal is to become an outdoor educator for the BC public school system and I am currently in my final year and a half of studies. I love sharing my knowledge and passion for the river. My main goal on the river is to make you look good because when looking good its easy to have a great day. ’’

Anthea

Guide

’’ I am originally from South Africa, lived in New Zealand and am now a Canadian! I love living here in the beautiful rockies and have been rafting on the Kicking Horse River for 5 seasons! I move from summer season to summer season - haven't seen winter in 7 years! ’’

Adam

Guide

’’ Kia Ora! I'm from New Zealand and experiencing Canada for the first time. I've been guiding full time for three years on various rivers back home. Of course I support the All Blacks, but I do not know the Haka! Looking forward to seeing you on the river. ’’

Cara

Guide

’’ Coming from Ontario, with the gift of the gab, I started river guiding in 08! With 10 years of experience on Canadian rivers I’m certainly in love with the water!! I spend my winters riding rainbows, surf kayaking and teaching yoga in the up. “This magical river unicorn is sure to bring the woo to any raft riders!” When I’m not on the river you’ll find me traveling, surfing, doing pottery and tearing up the dance floor. ’’

Jaro

Guide

’’ I am originally from Czech Rep. I Started Rafting in Europe in 98. In 2010 moved to BC and after tasting what BC had to offer now I call it home. In winter I am guiding for several Cat and Heli Ski operations. For 2017 season I am looking forward to working for Hydra River Guides again. ’’

Rob

Guide

’’ Originally from Saskatchewan I have been guiding for 8 seasons in various locations such as; Norway, Yukon, NWT, BC and Alberta. I try to get home to my parents dairy farm 2-3 times a year. I have just completed my diploma in natural resources compliance and hope to one day get a year round job in my field. But guiding is my drug and I would like to keep doing it for a few more seasons! ’’

Chris

Guide

Jose

Guide

’’ Hola Amigos! I'm a chill Chilean nomad guide. I have been rafting the world for 5 years in Patagonia, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. I'm Looking forward to spending my first Canadian summer on the Kicking Horse River with you all! ’’

Luke

Guide

’’I'm from New Brunswick, started guiding in 2009 around Jasper and spent a few years on the Chilliwack, and Thompson rivers. In the fall I drive a tundra buggy and take people out on Polar Bear tours, in Churchill Manitoba. I look forward to my summer on the Kicking Horse.’’

Sarah

Guide / River Base Manager

Sarah couldn’t decide what she wanted to do when she grew up, so you might encounter her here at Hydra in the office, guiding your raft, cooking lunch or behind the camera. She loves the mountains and all that Golden has to offer in terms of world-class outdoor adventure. Sarah moonlights as a University researcher writing about sustainability (don’t ask or you’ll learn more than you want to) and teaching stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga.

Kirstie

River Base Manager

’’ I am the bubbly blonde that greets you when you first arrive on base! I live for the outdoors and travelling! I would love to learn about where you're from and what you love to do! ’’

Annki

Cook / Photographer

’’ Hey, I am a Norwegian nomad, who 4 years ago left Norway to live and explore countries like, Australia, Asia, NZ, and Chile, now exited to see what summer in Canada has to offer, super exited to meet all of you and capture the moments, making memories. ’’

Luke W

Shuttle Driver / Photographer

’’ I love everything outdoors. I spent the winter running dog sled tours in Canada as well skiing as much as possible. I am originally from Australia but have been in the Rockies for almost a year now and absolutely love it! When I'm not working for Hydra you can normally find me down by the canoe docks in Banff, mountain biking, hiking, or camping. ’’

Mike

Shuttle Driver / Photographer

Dave O

Head Guide

"I started my raft / Safety Kayaking career on the Ottawa River in '88, moved to Golden BC to work on the Kicking Horse in '92 and still think it is a great place to call home. I have been working with Hydra since '98 and look forward to getting on the river every season! I spend my winters as an ACMG Ski Guide Catskiing and Touring in the Selkirk Mountains."

 

Dave E

2nd in command

"I am the Ginger Ninja Canadian who spends his winters in NZ. I'm a keen kayaker and raft all year round - loving to share the joy of white water with guests. I also like creative writing and poetry - look out, I'll do my best to charm my way to your heart!"

 

Jan

Guide

"I have been rafting for 8 seasons; on the upper Red Deer, the Jacques Cartier and the mighty Kicking Horse River. In the winter, I am a back country snowmobile guide out of Golden, BC. During the off seasons I spend my time traveling for kayaking, surfing and rock climbing. I am very excited to spend another season with the great folks at Hydra and show everyone what this beautiful river has to offer."


Erik

Guide

"I am a diamond in amongst all the gems here at Hydra River Guides. Born and raised in central BC, I have become a nomad over the past 12 years calling home where ever I rest my head. I started guiding on the Ottawa River in 2008 and this is my sixth season on the Kicking Horse River. My goal is to become an outdoor educator for the BC public school system and I am currently in my final year and a half of studies. I love sharing my knowledge and passion for the river. My main goal on the river is to make you look good because when looking good its easy to have a great day." 

 

Anthea

Guide

"I am originally from South Africa, lived in New Zealand and am now a Canadian! I love living here in the beautiful rockies and have been rafting on the Kicking Horse River for 5 seasons! I move from summer season to summer season - haven't seen winter in 7 years!"


Adam

Guide

"Kia Ora! I'm from New Zealand and experiencing Canada for the first time. I've been guiding full time for three years on various rivers back home. Of course I support the All Blacks, but I do not know the Haka! Looking forward to seeing you on the river."

 

Cara

Guide

"Coming from Ontario, with the gift of the gab, I started river guiding in 08! With 10 years of experience on Canadian rivers I’m certainly in love with the water!! I spend my winters riding rainbows, surf kayaking and teaching yoga in the up. “This magical river unicorn is sure to bring the woo to any raft riders!” When I’m not on the river you’ll find me traveling, surfing, doing pottery and tearing up the dance floor. "

 

Rob

Guide

"Originally from Saskatchewan I have been guiding for 8 seasons in various locations such as; Norway, Yukon, NWT, BC and Alberta. I try to get home to my parents dairy farm 2-3 times a year. I have just completed my diploma in natural resources compliance and hope to one day get a year round job in my field. But guiding is my drug and I would like to keep doing it for a few more seasons! "

 

Jaro

Guide

"I am originally from Czech Rep. I Started Rafting in Europe in 98. In 2010 moved to BC and after tasting what BC had to offer now I call it home. In winter I am guiding for several Cat and Heli Ski operations. For 2017 season I am looking forward to working for Hydra River Guides again."

 

Chris

Guide

 

 

Jose

Guide

"Hola Amigos! I'm a chill Chilean nomad guide. I have been rafting the world for 5 years in Patagonia, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. I'm Looking forward to spending my first Canadian summer on the Kicking Horse River with you all!"

 

Luke

Guide

"I'm from New Brunswick, started guiding in 2009 around Jasper and spent a few years on the Chilliwack, and Thompson rivers. In the fall I drive a tundra buggy and take people out on Polar Bear tours, in Churchill Manitoba. I look forward to my summer on the Kicking Horse."

 

Sarah

Guide / River Base Manager

Sarah couldn’t decide what she wanted to do when she grew up, so you might encounter her here at Hydra in the office, guiding your raft, cooking lunch or behind the camera. She loves the mountains and all that Golden has to offer in terms of world-class outdoor adventure. Sarah moonlights as a University researcher writing about sustainability (don’t ask or you’ll learn more than you want to) and teaching stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga.  

 

Kirstie

River Base Manager

"I am the bubbly blonde that greets you when you first arrive on base! I live for the outdoors and travelling! I would love to learn about where you're from and what you love to do!"

 

Annki

Cook / Photographer

"Hey, I am a Norwegian nomad, who 4 years ago left Norway to live and explore countries like, Australia, Asia, NZ, and Chile, now exited to see what summer in Canada has to offer, super exited to meet all of you and capture the moments, making memories."

 

Luke

Shuttle Driver / Photographer

"I love everything outdoors. I spent the winter running dog sled tours in Canada as well skiing as much as possible. I am originally from Australia but have been in the Rockies for almost a year now and absolutely love it! When I'm not working for Hydra you can normally find me down by the canoe docks in Banff, mountain biking, hiking, or camping. "

 

Mike

Shuttle Driver / Photographer