Our guides and instructors are professionally trained and nationally certified through Paddle Canada, Sirius Wilderness Medicine and all have additional life skills and talents. They travel extensively and continually add to their experience and expertise. They love to paddle and share that love with others.
HORIZONS programs and expeditions are directed by Rick Wise. Rick has been paddling the North Shore of Lake Huron for over 20 years and Lake Superior for over 10 years. He is a Level 4 paddler and Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer for Paddle Canada . He has a University of Waterloo degree in Recreation and Environmental Studies. Rick now leads expeditions for Horizons Adventures and teaches many of the courses. He has been involved with a number of Northern Ontario programs including instruction at Laurentian University and Cambrian College. Rick is a Senior Instructor for Sirius Wilderness Medicine and is a First Aid and CPR instructor for the Canadian Red Cross.
Sarah has been training as a guide and instructor with Horizons for the past 4 years as she follows her own career path in Health Promotion. She attained both her Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Instructor and her Paddle Canada Basic SUP instructor certification and in 2017 earned her Paddle Canada L3 sea kayak skills and L1 instructor certification in 2018 when she graduated from Health Promotion at Laurentian University. She took part in a curriculum exchange program in Ireland and spent a month in Mongolia delivering health related services in remote locations. She recently traveled to New Zealand for a 5 month working tour. She is growing to love paddle sports more each year and is looking forward to getting out on the water again this year guiding trips, instructing at the Sudbury Canoe club and around the North.
Rikki is our newest staff member. She comes to us as a graduate from Algonquin College in the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program. She is a local Sudbury girl and graduate of Lively District High School. She is now certified as a Level 1 Instructor and earned her L2 Skills in 2018. She spent the winter of 2019 in New Zealand guiding in Marlborough Sound. 2021 will be her fourth year with Horizons.
Jim is a level 2 Paddle Canada instructor and an Assistant Guide. His eclectic background ranges from handmade cedar kayaks to sheep farming. Jim has paddled in New Zealand, Florida Everglades and all around the Great Lakes. Jim helps out Horizons on an occasional basis, when his schedule as a Log Home builder and renovator allows it.
Mark is a Level 3 skills paddler and a Level 2 instructor. He is now a Level 2 instructor. He is also an ORCKA/Paddle Canada canoe instructor and he and his partner, Heather run " By Path or Paddle Expeditions". Mark lives on Manitoulin Island and works in Wikwemikong as an Elementary School consultant.
Marlies and Dieter Schoenefeld
This couple has been with Horizons for all of our 24 year history. Marlies is our treasured artist and Dieter is her treasured confidant, spouse, logistical support and all around Horizons handy assistant. Both have been traveling Canada's wilderness and have made many trips abroad as well. Dieter is a retired engineer and active naturalist and Marlies is an accomplished and celebrated local artist and birder. You can see Marlies's work hanging around Sudbury, at the visitors' center in Killarney Provincial Park and in my living room. They add joy and spice to any kayak or canoe excursion and both are excellent story tellers.