Our staff is our strength.
When our guests join us for one of our wonderful whitewater rafting trips, they expect a safe, small, personalized trip. Providing an excellent rafting adventure falls on the shoulders of our amazing professional staff.
Certified by the state of Maine rafting commission, and having held their licenses for at least three years, Penobscot Adventures recognizes their staff as the backbone of the business. They are the key to our great safety rating, and incredible outdoor adventures.
Meet the Best Maine Whitewater Rafting Guides in the Industry
Maureen McDonald, Owner/Operator
Drawn into white water by Dan during college, Maureen worked at several rafting companies. After getting employee of the year for Northern Outdoors, Maureen became a river guide for Magic Falls Rafting then started Penobscot Adventures with Dan. She hasn’t guided since her daughters were born despite the staff’s best efforts.
Daniel McDonald, Owner/Operator
Dan loves to kayak and drive bus. He started Penobscot Adventures with Maureen and Bob Lindblom in tow. Together that ran P.A. for the first year with just the help of rent a guides. After the first year we picked up more staff and things got real. Now Dan teaches in the winter and leaves the daily operations to Tyler and the finest staff of guides in the industry.
Tyler joined the company six years ago when his training class was cancelled by another company. He’s been with us ever since. He brings great ideas and management skills to Penobscot Adventure’s daily operations. He may not be around as much in 2015 because he’s starting his own business.
“SeaBass” Sebastion Jackson
Sebastion Jackson trained with Tyler and has been with us full-time ever since. During that time he has also earned 2 Masters degrees and accepted a lecturing job at the University of Maine in Farmington and will be starting a doctorate at Harvard this Falls. Can’t fool us though, his first love is still rafting.
“Special” Will Burgess
Will has been rafting with us since he was 14! As soon as he turned 18 he trained with us and has worked full-time every summer since then. He’s currently attending UMass Amherst for sustainable business. His specialty is our riverboarding trips and he was the best reviewed rafting guide in 2013.
“Big” Joe Paleologos
“Big” Joe is Will’s best friends and trained with Will on a last-minute whim. They’ve been with us ever since providing some of the best trips in the rafting industry. This year Joe will graduate from George Washington University with a degree in engineering, he hopes to become a STEM teacher after school.
Jesse trained with us 4 years ago and has been full-time since then. He started by driving shuttle and cooking a mean lunch. Once he started guiding he never looked back. He had the most days on the water and was the best reviewed guide in 2014.
” Dirty” John Nixon
John Nixon trained with us four years ago. He got his name from his work on the Pigeon River as a guide. The Pigeon River is known as the “Dirty Bird” in the rafting industry. He was looking for some bigger, cleaner whitewater and decided to train with us. He worked full-time for a summer and then moved back down south. He still makes a 2 week appearance every summer.
Dan “Butterfield” Bernard
“Butterfield” got his nickname from my favorite ice cream shop in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. He rafted with us a few times and decided to give training a try. An engineer by trade he has a touch for trailers, equipment, and whitewater.
“Little Joe” Balzanelli
“Little” Joe trained with us last year. A whitewater kayaker and photographer he’s a great addition to the team.
Brian is an engineering student, Kung Fu instructor, and excellent raft guide. He has a wealth of life knowledge and a great touch with equipment. His stories keep the staff laughing.
Just wanted to send a big thank you on behalf of the Jones group from Fredericton, NB. Tyler and Big Joe had us out both days and they did a fantastic job. Penobscot Adventures is a first class company with first class employees. We will all certainly be recommending Penobscot Adventures to friends, family and co-workers.
Yesterday the boys (Dan included) took us river boarding and Dan had a video camera and took what I think would have been excellent footage of us surfing the wake. I was wondering if it would be possible somehow or someway to get a copy of that footage?