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Team Blue


Wild Blue Adventures is a family-owned and operated business. Garrett and Kaia have been guiding at the Channel Islands for a combined 30 years and met on a paddle trip across the Channel in 2010.


Working together to create fun and safe adventures is our purpose as Team Blue.  Here’s how we do it:

    1. Point Positive.
    2. Always Attentive.
    3. Adapt to Change.
    4. Find a Solution.
    5. Have Fun.

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Wild Blue Team Leaders Kaia and Garrett on the Sunfish July 2019



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Kaia Kababik – #plasticfreeforthesea

As Executive Director of Save the Mermaids, a CA based non-profit that teaches children and adults about ways to improve ocean heath, Kaia is always sharing her deep base of ocean knowledge with guests and students. Kaia is also a world class equestrian, but you’d never guess that 🙂

Favorite Ocean Animal- Pinipeds
Favorite Land Animal- her Horses

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Garrett Kababik – #hedoesnothaveahashtag

As CEO of Channel Islands Outfitters for 10 years, Garrett has turned his passion for all things ocean into his means of making a living. He also likes to boast that in 2009 he sold his Jeep to walk the Appalachian Trail (which took 6 months and covered 2180 miles).

Favorite Job as a College Student – Zamboni Driver
Best Advice from AT Experience – “don’t take anyone’s advice”

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Derek Dotson – Captain

Derek has been a captain at the Channel Islands for 15 years and is excellent at find whales and dolphins for us to visit on our crossing!

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Cliff Albritton – Captain

When Cliff isn’t catching fish for dinner or making sushi for clients, you can find him driving the Channel Cat in Santa Barbara Harbor from the top deck.


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Tim Simes – Crew

Tim recently traded his farming tools for dock lines in his pursuit to be a boat captain. If you’re not careful, he’ll probably try and tell you pirate jokes… and you guessed it, it ends with ARR!

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Marc Zimmer – Guide

Zimmer, as he is called, is another East coast transplant from Connecticut. When he’s not giving out free high fives and thumbs up you can find him hiking the trails of SB with his many four legged friends.

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Johnny Dresser – Lead Guide

Johnny is a fellow partner at Channel Islands Outfitters and has recently become a hobby beekeeper and sourdough baker. When he’s not making delish breads and sweet concoctions, you may find him practicing archery or riding horses.

The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.

— Jacques Cousteau