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Grateful for my amazing team, please be kind, Mount Desert Island is short staffed and working hard <3

Meet our Registered Maine Guides

Sky Di Ruggiero

Born in Maine and raised in New Jersey, Sky spent every summer along the coast of the Schoodic Peninsula and on the rivers and ponds in Western Maine. She began kayaking at a young age and has always enjoyed being active outside! Since moving back to Maine full-time, she splits her time between working with children, working in her bike and kayak rental shop and guiding at Maine State Sea Kayak! This is her second year as a guide and she looks forward to many more!

Corky Potter

Corky has a graduate degree from the University of Illinois and spent 32 years as a faculty member at Penn State University where he created and directed Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. He is a registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide and member of the licensing Guide’s Board for Maine Fish & Wildlife. In the off-season, Corky is an organizational consultant facilitating strategic planning, team building, and leadership development for non-profit and corporate groups. Corky has paddled the coast of Maine, Cape Cod, Nova Scotia, Alaska, and off the coast of Washington State. He is a kayak instructor as well as a guide, is passionate about birds and natural history, and enjoys biking, hiking, birding, music, gardening, and spending time with Abbey, his Australian shepherd.

Brad Jordan

Proud to now be the Owner/operator of Maine State Sea kayak!

A true Maine-iac, Brad was first introduced to the world of outdoor recreation by spending most of his childhood in the northern forests of Maine. Through his adventurous up-bringing, he developed a passion for the outdoors that would last a lifetime. Brad is a ten year sea kayak guide who graduated from the University of Maine at Machias, where he studied Marine Biology and earned a degree in Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management (specializing in Natural Resources). When he’s not kayaking, he is off conquering the peaks of Mount Desert Island… barefoot! He is full of crazy aspirations and his current challenge is planning an Appalachian Trail Thru-hike, barefoot of course.

Travis Nighman

It won’t take much time in Acadia for you to understand why Travis has spent most of his life here. Having grown up in Somesville Maine (You drove right through it!), Travis developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. He knew early on that he wanted to spend his life as a guide and attended the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as well as the Greenfield community ollege outdoor leadership program. After college he worked for Aquaterra Adventures in Bar Harbor (four seasons) until the company closed its doors permanently. Travis is now ecstatic to be working on the “Quiet side” of MDI!


Kyle Lancaster

Hey gang! I’m Kyle, the newest guide to the company and I’m excited to show you the amazing scenery and wildlife that we have here on the beautiful coast of my homeland, MAINE! I was born in the City of Ships, Bath, Maine, and grew up in the lobster capital of the world! I’ve been on the water or in the woods here in Maine most of my life working for various summer camps and kayak companies. I attended the University of Maine – Machias for college studying sport management and outdoor recreation, and now I’ve found myself here in the most beautiful place in Maine.
I’m a chatty kathy (or Kyle in this case) and do my best to find out more about the people on my trips while sharing all the knowledge I have gathered over the years about the area and its incredible wildlife. I’m also a food fanatic so I can tell you the best places to grab a bite to eat as well! So gear up and pick me, you won’t regret it!

Jason Leighton

I was born in the Western Maine Mountains and grew up in Southern Maine. I was fortunate to have loving parents who showed me the beauty of the outdoors. I moved to this area 20-plus years ago and I fell in love with the beauty of nature and the serenity of the life here. I have become a Maine Guide so I can share my love and experience with nature with everyone I meet. I hope to make your kayaking experience safe, memorable and educational.


Jared Monahan

Hello team! My name is Jared Monahan But I go by many names! If your lucky enough to be on this Buffalo’s tour get ready for a good time! I have been leading outdoor adventures since 2009 and am lucky to have used these skills to travel to all over this great country and abroad as an outdoor leader in a variety of applications. From the crags of Moab, to the fjords of New Zealand or to the beautiful West side of MDI, being outdoors with good people is my nirvana. Can’t wait to get out on the water with you!

Andrea Russell

Andrea Russell grew up in Holden, Maine and fell in love with the ocean at an early age. She began her first kayaking job as a shop manager in Bar Harbor in 2001. She received her sea kayaking guide license and eventually her recreational guide license. When not kayaking, she is the Financial Counselor at Mount Desert Island Hospital. You can talk to Andrea about anything! She has been Program Manager at the College of the Atlantic Community Energy Center (let’s talk solar panels), and also ran the tiny Salsbury Cove Post Office. She holds a Master’s degree from COA and a BFA from Syracuse University. In her spare time, Andrea built a wood-stip kayak, rides motorcycles, plays flute, gardens, practices yoga, and hikes with her dogs, Yuki and Izzy.

Brian Armstrong

Born near the largest reservoir in the country, Brian learned to sail on Lake Mead and paddle on the Colorado river. He first moved to Maine in 2004 but didn’t start guiding kayak tours until 2009 with National Park Sea Kayak Tours. After Brian’s first season as a registered Maine guide, he decided to stay for a winter to work on an 80’ mussel dragging boat. He acquired his Emergency Medical Technician certification from the University of Utah in 2011. Then spent a winter as a volunteer for the US forest service’s ski with a ranger program at Mt. Bachelor ski resort in Oregon. After a season at Telluride ski resort, he stayed in Colorado to guide white water rafting tours for the summer. After another winter in Telluride, he came back east to guide white water rafting tours on the Kennebec river. Brian plans to paddle the coast of Maine starting from New Hampshire to Canada in September and guide sea kayak tours for the rest of his life.

Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a twelve-year registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide and specializes in the waters and wildlife from Midcoast to Downeast Maine. A native of Winthrop and aficionado for all things Maine, Rob devotes his summers to Acadia and his winters to the slopes of Sugarloaf. When not in the water or woods, Rob is a full-time professor of international affairs at American University in Washington, DC. Ask him how he maintains this double life…it’s a long story suitable for a three-hour westside tour!