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At Charles River Canoe & Kayak, we're proud that our staff are paddlers. We've got sea kayakers, whitewater paddlers, surf kayakers, racers, and canoeists working with us. When you come to our shop, whether to purchase a boat, take a class, or rent for the afternoon, you know you're speaking with someone who knows the boat you're using and has real-world experience on the water.
Come down and speak with us — about anything: what to paddle, where to paddle, what gear to use, how to include your kids, whatever you like. You'll feel the Charles River Canoe & Kayak difference.
If you've taken a class, trip, or tour with us, please evaluate your instructor/guide. Evaluations help us maintain the highest quality standards!
Larry Smith
Owner, Instructor
With us since 1974
Boat: We-No-Nah Adirondack
Paddle: Camp bent shaft
Fresh-Water Spot: Charles River, Mass.
Larry joined Charles River Canoe Service in 1974 and has overseen its evolution to Charles River Canoe & Kayak, a full-service canoe and kayak center with four locations. After graduating with a masters degree in City and Regional Planning he was drawn to a Boston research lab. A career change brought him back to the outdoors to enjoy boating and cross-country skiing with Lincoln Guide Service. He organized the first "Run of the Charles" canoe and kayak race and began Weston Ski Track, the country's premiere urban cross-country ski center. Larry often canoes to work, and his latest excuse to be on the Charles is weeding the river of the invasive European water chestnut plants.
Mark Jacobson
General Manager
With us since 1991
Boat: Tiger ICF, P&H Cetus, Epic V10L, Pyranha Inazone
Paddle: Epic Mid-Wing, Mitchell Seablade
Salt-Water Spot: Woods Hole, Anywhere East Of Schoodic
Fresh-Water Spot: Mystic River, Stinson Lake, Squam
Mark received a master's degree in Environmental Science before joining the Weston Ski Track and Charles River Canoe & Kayak. He has extensive experience in whitewater and sea kayaking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking. His current passion is kayak racing, in all types of boats from ICF kayaks to surf skis. His two children have given him a valuable understanding of paddling with kids, and he loves getting them out on the water.
Steve Hulbert
Part-Time Instructor and Guide
With us since 2005
Boat: Current Designs Caribou
Paddle: Mitchell Horizon 230cm
Salt-Water Spot: Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
Fresh-Water Spot: Squannacook River, Massachusetts
Steve Hulbert is an ACA-Certified River Canoeing and Sea Kayaking Instructor. He particularly enjoys Traditional Solo Canoe and Greenland Style Kayak paddling. Fall through Spring he works in Health and Environmental Education. Steve has paddled throughout New England, but his favorite paddling is in the coastal areas of New Brunswick, Canada.
Ralph Boynton
Manager @ Allston/Brighton
With us since 1981
Boat: Mad River Explorer
Paddle: Mohawk Double
Salt-Water Spot: Martha's Vineyard's ponds and bays
Fresh-Water Spot: Restigouche, New Brunswick
Ralph has enjoyed canoeing since 1951, in addition to running a backpacking store, leading trips on the rivers of New Brunswick and Maine, and now managing our Boston rental operation. Ralph is an instructor in both canoeing and kayaking, and is a certified wilderness EMT.
Dave Jacques
Owner, Instructor, Guide
With us since 1975
Boat: Impex Susquehanna
Paddle: Werner Shuna 220cm
Salt-Water Spot: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Fresh-Water Spot: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Dave graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.A. in Architecture in 1971, but followed his passion for the outdoors elsewhere. He climbed in the Everest region of Nepal for three months during 1972, ran the waterfront program at a major N.E. summer camp where he taught swimming, sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, and trip planning, then came to Charles River Canoe Service. He has been our Director of Guiding and Instruction since 1978. Dave holds ACA Certifications in canoeing and sea kayaking, and loves to share his knowledge with others.
John Pyne
Site Manager @ Allston/Brighton
With us since 2006
Boat: Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
Paddle: Werner Ikelos 215cm
Fresh-Water Spot: Conway Lake, New Hampshire
John grew up canoeing, water skiing, and playing hockey in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. He learned to kayak on Ossipee Lake's Danforth Bay and eventually led tours on the lake with Purity Spring Resort. He has extensive experience in a variety of areas in the outdoor industry. John has previously managed the Kendall Square location in Cambridge, and is currently managing the Allston/Brighton location.
Kevin Horner
Asst. Manager @ Newton, Instructor, Guide
With us since 1998
Boat: Mega Neutron, P&H Delphin
Paddle: Werner Shuna 210cm
Salt-Water Spot: Any Wave four feet or taller
Fresh-Water Spot: Kennebec River, Maine
Kevin worked as an adventure therapist after graduating from college. Kevin has paddled in Kenai Fjords, Alaska and in British Columbia, and considers kayak surfing his favorite boating pursuit. Kevin loves teaching, and is ACA-Certified as an open-water coastal kayaking instructor. His favorite trips are Advanced Ocean Skills and both of our Ocean Skills: Surf trips.
Jentina Mitchell
Full-Time Supervisor/Instructor/Guide
With us since 2011
Boat: Tiderace Xcite, P&H Delphin 150, Necky Jive
Paddle: Werner Shuna 210cm bent shaft
Salt-Water Spot: First Beach, RI
Fresh-Water Spot: Charles River
Jentina started kayaking here at Charles River Canoe & Kayak the summer after her freshman year of college, taking an unplanned swim in jeans from a Necky Eliza and never looking back.
Video by Interlock Media.
She joined us full-time after graduating from Brown University with a degree in child development. She specializes in working with kids, and teaching our 2012 Sea Kayak Camps was a highlight. On her days off she loves hitting, or being hit in the face by, whatever surf she can find (see video at right). When not on the water, she is a part-time graduate student in psychology at the Harvard Extension School.
Armand Mickune-Santos
Part-Time Instructor and Guide
With us since 2008
Boat: P&H Quest LV
Paddle: Lendal Nordkapp 214cm
Salt-Water Spot: Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts
Fresh-Water Spot: Nemasket River, Massachusetts
Armand (Mickey) Mickune-Santos is a seasoned coastal kayak instructor who recently joined the team both at Charles River Canoe & Kayak and Weston Ski Track. Armand is a veteran American Canoe Association Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator who has trained and certified many coastal kayak instructors who are presently working in the New England region. When not paddling Massachusetts's diverse coastline he works as a special education teacher and head softball coach at Dartmouth (MA) High School.
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