to the following guides who are now GUIDE & OUTFITTER RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONAL (GORP) Guides.

These guides have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and professionalism by taking the time and effort to complete this recognition and training program.

These guides and outfitters are GORP certified. They have successfully completed the GORP Program which trains in the five key components of adventure travel as identified by the international tourism organization, Adventure Travel Trade Association.

GORP guides have demonstrated professional-level skills and knowledge in the areas of local geographic features, natural features, 101 species identification, and history, as well as guest services and business management in the outdoor recreation and tourism industry.

These guides may be fully licensed guides by the Oregon State Marine Board, or employees of licensed guides or those training to become guides. Guides that are not leading remote adventure activities may not be required to have a license in Oregon (example: city guides)

The next offering will begin in January 2019, see the OSU Sea Grant Extension GORP Guide training program.

As of December 18, 2018 the following guides are now GORP  Guides

John Blanchard


Sharkey’s Charters, Charleston OR

Fishing & Crabbing

Stephanie Carter


Next Adventure, Portland OR

Kayaking, Paddle Board, Snow sports, Camping

Marty Giles


Wave Crest Discoveries, Coos Bay OR

Nature Guiding

Michael Hazen


Hazen’s Guide Service, Clatskanie OR


Cooper Hedgecock


Indigenous Adventures, Coos Bay OR


Ryan Johnson

Guide services under development, Langlois OR


Brian Kraynik


Coos Boat Tours

River Tours

Dave Lacey


South Coast Tours, Gold Beach OR

Surfing Lessons, Land & Sea Tours

Marcus Mayorga


South Coast Tours, Grants Pass OR

Kayaking, Paddle Boarding

Amy Pallari


All Star Rafting, Maupin OR

Rafting & Equipment Rental

Nichole Shipman


Indigenous Adventures, Coos Bay OR


Stephen Shunk


Paradise Birding, Bend OR

Birding & Natural History

Bill Taylor


Osprey Guided Adventures, Tigard OR

Fishing, Crabbing, Mushrooms, Berries

Note: Each of the GORP Guides receives a certificate listing the courses they completed.

An example Certificate can be seen below.
More details and additional listings to be published in 2019

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