Meet your kayak tour guides
All of Adventure Kayak’s eco-tour guides are fully trained and experienced kayak instructors, whose mission is to provide safe, enjoyable expeditions through the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands area while having the least impact possible on the natural environment.
Because of their sincere love for these islands and diverse eco-system, you’ll leave with a better appreciation of the natural wonders of our world…
Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach is the only kayak eco-tour company
with TWO Naturalists certified in the Florida Master Naturalists, Coastal Systems Program as well as a Navy Survival Instructor on Staff!
We provide the BEST tours with the MOST information.
Bill was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Satellite Beach and Merritt Island. An avid surfer and kayaker, his is love for canoeing and kayaking throughout the State of Florida resulted in the birth of Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach Inc. in the year 2000. Since then he has taken hundreds and hundreds of kayak tours through this secluded paradise in Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island. His knowledge and love for the environment and wildlife enhance your tour of the area. He is a down to earth guy that you instantly feel comfortable with.
Everyone likes Bill and we are sure you will too!
Ed was born in Morocco, Africa, to military parents and was raised in upstate New York. Growing up in the mountains, he was an avid adventurer and outdoorsman. Like his father and grandfather, he joined the U.S. Navy to see the world, right out of high school.
Having traveled and been stationed worldwide, Ed retired in 1995 as a Naval Survival Instructor, Master Training Specialist and Enlisted Warfare Instructor. Upon retiring to Central Florida, he opened up a local bagel shop and delicatessen. Shortly after, he was introduced to the world of paddle sports, bought a canoe and kayak…and his life has never been the same!
Ed worked for five years as a Chief Engineer for a large hospitality group in Cocoa Beach, Florida before realizing that paddling and a desk job do not fit well together. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and — two paddle patents later — Ed was living his dream.
As owner of Backwater Paddle Company, designing and manufacturing paddles became Ed’s job…but paddling remained his passion. To fulfill that passion, Ed assists Bill as a part-time kayak eco-guide with Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach, and loves every minute of it!
Check out our “Excellent” review on Trip Advisor for Ed and our guided Kayak tours!
DALE TRAVIS BAILEY
Dale is a slow talking, nature loving fourth generation Floridian. His great grandfather came to Florida from Minnesota in 1886 by boat, down the Mississippi River.
Dale’s chosen profession as a Florida state licensed land surveyor and mapper permitted him to do his work outdoors and continue learning about the natural world. He loves learning, protecting, discovering, and sharing his knowledge of nature’s creatures and resources.
Dale also loves people. He likes to get to know the people who kayak and experience the natural habitat of the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands. He comes home to tell his wife about the nice people, cute couples, darling children, and wonderful families he spent the morning or afternoon sharing nature encounters with.
He says the learns from the guests too. Trip people sometimes share information about their lives back home. Often people come from other countries and Dale learns about their customs, cultures, and previous nature experiences.
Dale is an avid fisherman. He began fishing with his father around the lakes in Clermont, Florida. He amazes his wife by telling her about the behavior of the fish with he could not see but determined what kind it was because of the actions on the strike and bait – even when it got away!
Dale respects and protects nature as he maneuvers the kayak trippers to appreciate the exciting close encounters. Book a tour to experience the creatures and natural habitats and ecosystems guided by Dale at ADVENTURE KAYAK TOURS OF COCOA BEACH.
Steve hails from California and grew up in the water and under the water. He knew from the age of 5 that he wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Through the years, he has worked in fisheries science doing Ecological research for National Marine Fisheries Service, the Department of Fish and Game and for private educational programs. For the last two decades Steve’s passion for fish led him to a career working in aquariums all over the US doing animal husbandry. Ask him about sharks! Steve has been in Florida for 3 years now and looks forward every day to introducing people to the unique tropical ecosystems of Florida.
Steve began kayaking in 1988 and was soon teaching open water rescue kayaking, whitewater kayaking and kayak surfing for fun. His passion for protecting the environment, teaching people and easy going nature will insure you have a great trip!
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