Our staff is our strength, meet the best Maine whitewater rafting guides in the industry.
When guests join us for one of our wonderful Maine whitewater rafting trips, they expect a safe, small, personalized trip. Providing an excellent rafting adventure falls on the shoulders of our amazing professional guide staff. Every one of our employees is a Level II Maine whitewater rafting guide. They know the business from both sides of the trip, the river and support.
Certified by the state of Maine whitewater 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.
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, bringing great ideas and management skills to Penobscot Adventure’s daily operations. He may not be around as much in 2016 because he’s starting his own business called CrateMate, but we’ll get him on the river as much as possible.
Sebastian “Sea Bass” Jackson
Sebastian 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. He’s currently earning a Doctorate at Harvard , but he can’t fool us though, his first love is still rafting. I bet he will be up for all the river time he can get.
“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 getting ready to graduate from UMass Amherst with a degree in sustainable business models. His specialty is our river boarding trips and he was the best reviewed rafting guide in 2013 and 2015.
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. Dan usually only comes up on the weekends, but has a great knack for rafting Class V whitewater.
“Little Joe” Balzanelli
“Little” Joe trained with us last year. A whitewater kayaker and photographer he’s a great addition to the team. He’s addicted to the whitewater and will never be able to leave the river life. “Little” Joe is a sail boat Captain when he’s not on the river or working his real job as a sail maker.
Brian “The Badger” Blancoe
Brian is an electrical 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, and his skill on the river is excellent. He’s one of our most trusted employees, always there for us when we need him to hit the river.
Ben “The JabberWocky” Koehler
This kid is great. Rarely do you find a person that loves whitewater as much as Ben Koehler. He trained with another rafting company in the Forks, Maine before coming to the dark side on the Penobscot River. I don’t know if it’s a good thing, but he is the best whitewater swimmer I’ve ever seen. He has even SCUBA’ed section of the Kennebec river gorge. I have never heard of anyone else hammering the whitewater with Scuba Gear.
Bob is Penobscot Adventures longest employee. He worked for Magic Falls Rafting’s Penobscot river operation before Dan and Maureen bought the business. He and Dan kayak together and play basketball every Sunday night. Bob’s not a full time employee anymore, but he is one of the best guides on the river when he’s there.
Ella takes care of anything that needs to be done. She really shines when it comes to design and marketing ideas. Ella designed the awesome last round of t-shirts, and will add several to our collection this year.
“Big Joe” Paleologos
“Big Joe” trained with his lifelong friend Will Burgess. He’s a great guide with amazing boating skills and personality to spare. Joe is an engineer working in Boston. Hopefully he can make it up a bunch this summer.
“Albie” Frawley is one of longest continual employees. He’s a carpenter by trade during the week, but comes up almost every weekend to raft the West Branch with us.