Our US Guides

Chris Bandy


With more than 25 years of expert wilderness paddling experience, co-owner Chris Bandy is a master guide who knows both wilderness and safety. He has been trained and certified by the American Canoe Association and specializes in teaching open water rescues techniques and navigation.

Chris’s experience includes extensive paddling on Lake Superior with its’ special challenges- and also paddling on most of the oceans on earth. He has been guiding our sea kayak adventures to Greenland, Lake Superior, the Bahamas and Vietnam for the past 15 years. Chris’s clients feel safe and well cared for. He’s well known for his ear to ear smile and adventure travel stories. You can’t travel with Chris without catching his adventurous spirit.

At home, Chris loves living in Ely or on his boat in Bayfield Wisconsin with his daughter Willow.

Chris serves the United States Coast Guard as an Auxiliarist and was named the 2012 National Auxiliarist of the year for his work saving lives and educating to prevent loss of life.