Subject: Katherine - GUIDE EXTRODINAIRE
My sister Linda and I have NEVER had a better, more challenging or exciting time (perhaps that means we are lightweights!) Katherine was so positive, her explantations so clear and concise, her knowledge of the area, flora, fauna and geography was astounding, and she even seemed to share our sense of humor! This was our first time to the Channel Islands, as well as our first time kayaking - it will most definitely not be our last. Katherine is one of those rare people who both so obviously enjoys her job and is incredibly competent at it - I feel like we won the kayaking adventure lottery yesterday!
Subject: Inquiry from Aquasports Website Visitor
I have been meaning to email you since Sunday, but not more than a few moments go by without me thinking about my kayaking trip on Sunday.
Aquasports and John our guide made not only my day, my experience kayaking, but my anniversary so wonderful...just amazingly spectacular. And I would be doing a disservice if I didn't reach out to you and thank you.
Finally, John. What a great guy! He was such a fantastic guide. Everyone in our group loved him. He was so informative, has such a lighthearted and funny personality. Really knows the area and makes learning- and kayaking so much fun. Our group boarded the boat at the end of the day exchanging numbers and email addresses, which just goes to show that this trip connected us with new people and created new memories for us to share.
From: Justin - Professor of Geology
Subject: RE: Official Kayak Trip Docs
I just wanted to say how amazing a time we had kayaking the sea caves and kelp forests of Scorpion. Andy led us on what was really a ranger-guided interpretive tour of the wildlife, geology, and history of the bay. We did 7-days at CINP, and this was the highlight of the trip. Can't say enough about it.
Thanks again, Justin
To: Eric Little
Subject: RE: Kayak Trip
I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with Aquasports and the kayaking experience on Santa Cruz Island. Andy, Catherine, and Chris were absolutely fantastic guides and did a great job keeping us safe while still fully experiencing the awesome sea caves on the island. They made it super fun, and I appreciated how easy it was working with you and the rest of the Aquasports team to make for a truly awesome trip.
BSA Troop 11, Redlands
Subject: thanks for a great trip on Sunday
I wanted to say 'thank you' to your staff members, Catherine and Tony, for a wonderful kayak trip Sunday on Santa Cruz Island. The equipment was solid, the instruction on-point and helpful, and the instructors/leaders full of interesting knowledge which they shared enthusiastically. Carol and I had a terrific experience, and look forward to doing it again.
Best regards, Al
Just a quick note to say thank you for organizing a wonderful trip for our students. We all had a blast. Both the guides you provided for us, Andy and Amy, were great, particularly Amy who spent a lot more time with us. She is very knowledgeable and connected well with the kids. If she's still working for you next year, we definitely would like to have her with us again!
Technology Director/Assistant Middle School Director
New Horizon School Pasadena
Amgen, one of our favorite clients:
Subject: RE: Kayak Trip Docs
Hi Eric, Three months have passed already since went on the 3 day kayak trip with our family. Life is just too busy and i didn't take the time for letting you know how wonderful these three days have been for all of us, "kids" and parents.
When talking about our 3 weeks holidays in California, when remembering souvenirs, everubody unanimously puts Santa Cruz with Tony as our guide as the number 1 in the list (by far).
Before going, we were quite excited but also somehow afraid of having too much expectations. Would it be really "not busy" and close to nature? Etc ... Well, it was even more than we could have expected. Fantastic!
So, this message to tell you how delighted we are still about this unique experience. Could you also pass this message to Tony. We really appreciated his input. We had a great kayaking experience, but on top of that, he managed to keep the kids excited (even after the long and exhausting "windy" kayaking day), knew what to do or to propose at the right time and at the right place. Just perfect. Thank you Tony! Hoping to be back one day.
Cheers - Anne, Paul, Odile, Felix and Josephine (Belgium)
Subject: RE: Thank you very much!
Sounds good, thanks for the heads-up on camping! Yup, all went super smoothly and the trips returned happy, safe, and inspired for their college careers...I appreciate you guys being a part of it! From what I heard from my Trip Leaders who were on Santa Cruz Island, your guides were awesome and they all had a great experience Thanks again, I'm glad we're all squared away.
Hmmm, now for a personal trip out there...
Unversity of Redlands
Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement,
Outdoor Programs and Intramurals
Subject: for Eric
Once again, everything was great. Thank you so much for bailing us out at the last minute regarding a campsite. I simply forgot. The group that I went out there with is already talking about a repeat performance. They loved the place.
Do I owe you anything for the campsite? I'm happy to send along a check.
I've kayaked the Channel Islands multiple times and with multiple outfitters. Aquasports has always provided absolutely superb service. I have found all of their guides to be very experienced and very informative.They carefully toe the line of providing a safe and educational trip, while still letting their clients experience the full wonder and power of the Islands. This high level of service is all the more remarkable because the trips that I have taken included kayakers with a wide range of skills and athletic ability. In addition, the owner and the guides have gone the extra mile numerous times to satisfy special needs, making trip planning much easier. The magnificence of the Channel Islands keeps me returning as oftenas I can--and I'll certainly call on the services of Aquasports for these return visits.
Steven Santa Monica, CA