Meet our Registered Maine Guides

Jacob Cardello

Being a Maine native, Jacob developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. This passion led to extensive participation in a wide variety of sports that use nature’s beauty as a backdrop. When Jacob is not paddling you can find him, pedaling, climbing, skiing, or surfing! To keep things safe Jacob has his Wilderness First Responder certification.

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!


Olivia Bean

Hailing from Saco Maine, Olivia is a 3rd year guide who has been enjoying the coast of Maine by way of kayak for the past ten years. When not on the water she can be found hiking mountains, befriending cats, or (most likely) ordering her millionth pastry from Morning Glory Bakery!

Kris Bears

Kris is a 4th year sea kayak guide who has guided on the coast of Maine and also the Florida Everglades. Other passions include, skiing, SUP, climbing, gardening and cooking food with friends!