Meet The Crew

 

Why Choose Us?

First, our business approach differs from others in an important way. Our driving force is the quality of your experience above all other things, and you’ll feel this difference throughout your excursion. On every tour, we take the time to show you the little things that might go unseen. Our tours are very educational, and are about so much more than just kayaking, biking, and hiking.

Second, we run the most private tours in town. Kayak tours are limited to 8 guests with two guides for a 4:1 ratio, the best you’ll find anywhere! E-bike tours are limited to only 6 guests, which ensures a quality experience for everyone. Remember, there can be upwards of 10,000 cruise ship passengers in Ketchikan in a single day. We get you away from virtually all of them. We also offer a personal experience by meeting you right at your ships ramp or hotel lobby and taking you north of town to our marina featuring smaller crowds, a local atmosphere and statistically much nicer weather than tours operating out of downtown Ketchikan.

Third, myself and all our guides are professional, educated, local Alaskans. We only have four employees, myself included! We ‘live it’, and when you book with us you are supporting true locals and our local economy. Why would anybody want a guide that doesn’t even live here?

Lastly, we have the best value in town. When you compare price and actual experience the choice is simple. We maintain this edge by maintaining a quality product and staying small. Nobody knows our tours like we do, and we are here to answer all your questions. Ask your guide anything! Outside of our summer tours, your guides feature experience in Alaskan commercial salmon fishing, commercial winter diving fisheries, guiding sled dog tours, recreational diving Alaskan waters, multi-day excursions kayaking and sailing Alaska’s Inside Passage along with a passion for continually learning about the local geography, history, culture and wildlife native to Southeast Alaska.

 

Your Team

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Devon Bittner, Owner

In a sea of imitators there are few who actually live it. Devon prefers his old sailboat to living on land and would rather take a skiff to the grocery store than get in a car any day. As a kayak guide in the summer and working on commercial dive fishing vessels in the winter, he’s always on the water. He’s passionate about living in the moment and making each individual tour the best experience possible for everyone involved. Devon is most excited about a new partnership this year that will start getting local kids out on our tours all summer as a part of our new Apprentice Guide program, helping local youth gain experience working with guests and learning key people skills that will help them as they look to enter the work force in the near future, all while getting to share their unique perspective of growing up in Southeast Alaska.

Mr. Derek Meister

Mr. D is the school counselor for one of our local Elementary schools throughout the school year here in Ketchikan. He’s also an experienced Alaskan salmon seiner. Think big league Alaskan salmon fishing… Crew of 5, massive nets, powerhouse work skiff, 3 day long openers on hardly any sleep all summer to bring you wild caught Alaskan Salmon! He’s a salty one for sure. Lucky for us he’s also newly married and looking forward to spending his summer in town with his beautiful new wife, instead of out on the high seas with Mistress Pacifica. So we are very excited have him on board this year as our new guide!

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Tim Hemme

Tim is a year-round resident of Ketchikan who would love nothing more than to be commercial fishing all year. Lucky for us, even more than the ocean, Tim loves getting lots of quality time in with his beautiful son Noah, so we get to keep him in town again this summer! Having experience on commercial salmon fishing boats and spending this winter out on a commercial diving vessel in Southeast Alaska Tim knows these waters like few others. Any chance he gets Tim has his family out at the beach or hiking through the rain forest. He has a passion for learning and loves the details. So whether he’s guiding out on the water or on the e-bike and hike tour through the forest, you’ll learn some of the coolest details that are so easily missed by most. We’re excited to have awesome guides like Tim on tour again this year, who are just as interested in you learning things about our unique eco system as they are about how much fun you’re having out there! Besides, nobody knows how to maintain those E-bikes like Tim.

Ryan Deininger

Ryan is returning for his 4th season as a guide out on the water here in Ketchikan this year. While it’s true that the rest of the staff all live here year-round and we don’t typically hire guides that don’t, for Ryan we’re making an exception because Ketchikan doesn’t get anywhere near enough snow in the winter to allow Ryan to enjoy his other guiding passion, dog sled tours. And nothing sounds much more Alaskan than a dog sled guide. When Ryan isn’t out on the water guiding kayak tours in the summer though, you’ll probably still be able to find him out on the water, whether it’s an excursion in a zodiac, a trip to the Hole in the Wall bar in his skiff or out on sailing with Devon, any chance he gets this guy is out on the water. Ryan loves the intricacies of the sea; tides, winds, currents, marine life, he knows more about the local area and wildlife than a lot of locals that were born and raised here and is always excited to share that knowledge and his love for our beautiful landscape with anyone who wants to learn.

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Welcome to Ketchikan Kayak Co., where nobody takes your fun more seriously.   -Owner Devon Bittner

(907) 225-1272

407 Knudson Cove Rd.

Ketchikan, Alaska 99901