Cathy Piffath, Head Honcho

H2Outfitters' Head Honcho and co-founder, Cathy Piffath (alias "the Monk"). Cathy's combination of flawless kayaking skills, extensive experience, sense of fun and knack for observation make her a top-notch instructor of the art. Whether you are a rank beginner or an advanced paddler, your skills will be significantly improved after a class with her. Cathy is a Master Registered Maine Guide, and has extensive training and credentials from the ACA (American Canoe Association) and BCU (British Canoe Union) in coastal kayaking, whitewater kayaking and whitewater canoeing. She developed the curriculum for the ACA's Coastal Kayak Program in the early 90s and has conducted countless Instructor Development and Certification workshops over the past 20 years.  Over the years, Cathy has not only honed her paddling skills but her culinary art as well.  She gaining quite the reputation, (and a little weight), as she explores new paths to gustatory delight!

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Jeff Cooper, Director of Fun

Director of Fun and co-founder of H2Outfitters, Jeff Cooper, generates an enthusiasm for kayaking that is contagious. A gifted teacher, group leader, and raconteur of tales, Jeff inspires his students with the confidence they need to improve their skills and have a great time doing it! He has spent the past 30 years in the Outdoor Industry and his foresight and creativity have kept H2Outfitters on the cutting edge of instruction and adventure travel.   The latest addition to his job description is Chief Scout for all of our international adventures.  You may find him absent from the office in the off-season, soloing an exploratory itinerary to some new and exciting destination.  When he's not traveling he can be found serving as the maitre'd at his latest venture, Slot Car Junction. Jeff has held the highest level of certification from the ACA (American Canoe Association) and has trained with the BCU (British Canoe Union).

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Whitney Smith, instructor

Long-time instructor, Whitney Smith, has been with H2Outfitters since before our hair began to go gray, by our calculations close to 20 years.  Quite a feat considering she is only 29!  One of our most versatile and experienced instructors, Whitney teaches at all levels, leads trips, drives trailers, writes newsletters, can answer the phone, and scoots to commute when she is in the mood.  Often accompanied by one of her assistants, Isabelle or Zan King, who also moonlight as her children, she is always ready to get on the water leaving the children behind!