Meet Our Staff

Our Friendly Staff

Our highly trained, certified guides and instructors are what set us apart from other outfitters.

Brian Getting

Brian Getting

Executive Director • Kayak Instructor

Brian is an ACA certified Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor. He has been kayaking for nearly 20 years, and has been working with the Oregon Boating Foundation since 2014.

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Program Coordinator • Kayak Instructor

Tom is an ACA certified Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor. He has been kayaking for over 50 years, is a Coast Guard Auxiliary member, and the founder of our kayak program.

Landon Reno

Landon Reno

Program Coordinator • Sailing Instructor

Landon is from Newport, and when he's not out on the water teaching kids how to sail you can find him working on boats, living at Nana's Innisfree farm, or fixing up his 30' sailboat.

Richard Appicello

Richard Appicello

Kayak Instructor

Richard is an ACA certified Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor. He has been kayaking for over 20 years, and has been volunteering with the Oregon Boating Foundation since 2014.

Julian Guerena

Julian Guerena

Kayak Instructor • Guide

Julian is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Corvallis native, when he's not paddling you'll find him teaching a wilderness class, surfing, or spending time with friends.

Shaden Jensen

Shaden Jensen

Kayak Instructor • Guide

Shaden is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Philomath native, when he's not paddling you'll find him playing soccer, running track, or working with his 4-H animals.

Anya Panose

Anya Panose

Kayak Instructor • Guide

Anya is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Corvallis native, when she's not paddling you'll find her training Ki-Aikido, dancing, or having fun with friends.

Tristan Scarborough

Tristan Scarborough

Assistant Kayak Instructor

Tristan is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Newport native, when he's not paddling you'll find him running cross-country, playing the tuba, or mountain biking.

Jeremy Schaffer

Jeremy Schaffer

Kayak Instructor • Guide

Jeremy is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. An Oregon native, when he is not paddling you'll find him running, swimming, pole vaulting or volunteering at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

McKenzie Thomas

McKenzie Thomas

Kayak Instructor • Guide

McKenzie is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Toledo native, when she's not paddling you'll find her sailing on the High School Sailing Team, or spending time with her dog, Grizzly.

Biwa Tomono-Duvall

Biwa Tomono-Duvall

Assistant Kayak Instructor

Biwa is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Philomath native, when he's not paddling you'll find him learning to play the cello, playing ultimate frisbee, and video editing.

Konoha Tomono-Duvall

Konoha Tomono-Duvall

Kayak Instructor • Guide

Konoha is an ACA certified Level 3 Coastal Kayaker. A Philomath native, when he's not paddling you'll find him running/skiing cross-country, playing jazz piano, or thinking about treehouses.

Programs

Our programs are designed to get you out on the water, and teach the skills you need to stay safe.

Guided Kayak Tours

Learn about Newport's fishing fleet, landmarks, wildlife and natural history in these unique two-hour tours as we explore Yaquina Bay.

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Youth Camps

Designed for youth between the ages of 10 and 18, our five-day youth sailing and kayaking day camps are affordable and fun.

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Sea Kayak Classes

Our one-day sea kayak classes – primarily for adults – help build the skills you need to confidently enjoy kayaking on your own.

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Free Family Boating

Free weekly events – run by the Port of Toledo – where your whole family can try boating in a safe and supervised environment.

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Get Involved

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on community support to keep our programs growing.

Volunteer Your Time

Love being on the water? Interested in sharing your time with others? We'd love to hear from you.

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Make A Donation

Your generous donations help provide affordable boating opportunities in our community.

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Reviews

  • Wendy Peone

    Favorite Experience in Newport!

    We've been visiting Newport for years, but the kayak tour definitely topped the list as THE FAVORITE experience we've ever had. Chessie and Brian guided us with a relaxed and easy manner. We'd never kayaked before, but we are going to take up a new hobby. If you get a chance to do this, do it!! You won't regret it!

    Kelly

    Awesome!

    Our kayaking adventure was awesome! The loading 'docks' for the kayaks made getting in and out so easy. The instructions were great on how to kayak and they had all the equipment you needed to stay dry if you wanted. Great views and information passed along as we went. Loved it!

  • Jess Thomas

    Amazing Opportunity!

    We live in a small town, and I had no idea my children would be able to have experiences that people in larger cities dream of having. They have had knowledgeable and kind instructors. I have never worried about my children when they were in the care of OBF instructors. Thanks for this incredible opportunity!

    Cindy Thomas
    Michelle Schaffer

    Incredible Program!

    My son has not only learned skills to last him a lifetime but he has had fun doing it. He has made lasting friendships, developed confidence on the water and most importantly knows how to be safe. There is no better place to learn to sail or kayak and no better people to do it with!

    Michelle Schaffer
  • Kristina

    Top Notch!

    The equipment and introduction with check-in were top notch. Thank you for the experience and education on the various fishing boats and styles of the Newport harbor and the Yaquina Bay.

    Julianne

    I Felt Like a Star!

    I've only kayaked once before, but this experience has me hooked! We saw baby jelly fish, all sorts of diving birds, and Yaaaaassss Sea Lions!! They were out sun bathing, barking, and being generally adorable!! I couldn't believe how close we got! I felt like a star!

  • Andrea Langeliers

    Knowledgeable & Friendly!

    We had a wonderful time with Anya exploring Newport by water! Earlier is better because the wind often picks up in the afternoons! We live in Newport so having an activity in town was really awesome!

    Barbara H

    Nice Job!

    Friendly staff, went out with just one other couple who had never kayaked. Guide was very helpful to them. Gave a good narrative of some of the local buildings and boats. They supplied waterproof pants and tops if needed.

  • Ty Tabor

    Excellent!

    I completed two sea kayak classes in 2017, and plan to attend another in 2018. I highly recommend the Oregon Boating Foundation, and my instructor Tom Murphy. You will be knowledgeable, confident, and competent when you're done.

    Ty Tabor
    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

    Fun & Informative!

    Just prepare… these instructors will transfer their life-long love of water sport into your kids' mind! They are also seriously helpful for age appropriate skill development.

    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

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