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Welcome to Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures!

We are proud to introduce you to the members of our kayak community. They bring a wealth of experience, humor, intelligence, and love of the sport to our programs, making your Osprey experience especially unique. You can learn more about all of our instructors in our staff pages. Come join us for a trip, course, or travel adventure to get to know us a little better; we can’t wait to meet you! — The Ladds
Carl Ladd

Carl’s knowledge of the ocean started as a young boy, fishing and sailing on the waters of coastal New England. At Prescott College he discovered the world of paddle sports, first with white water in the desert rivers of the Southwest, then the bliss of sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez. He and his wife Sam co-founded Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures as a paddle sports school in 2001. Osprey’s initial focus was sea kayak education, but has since expanded to include surf kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP). Carl’s coaching and instruction is constantly evolving. He is an American Canoe Association (ACA) L3 Surf Kayak Instructor Trainer, Level 4 open water Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer and a Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor. He has a patient and relaxed style of coaching and is always finding new and fun ways to transfer his knowledge of the sea and small paddle craft. Carl has lead trips all over the globe, from the Sea of Cortez, The Virgin Islands and the Exuma Islands to The Greek Islands, Portugal and Croatia. He can most often be found playing in the rocks and surf off the coast of his home in Rhode Island. Carl is proud to be a team paddler for P&H Kayaks and Werner Paddles.

Samantha Ladd

Sam got hooked on kayaking while working as a rafting guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado. She’s guided sea kayaking programs in Baja, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the San Juan Islands, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, and across New England. She currently designs and teaches Osprey’s youth and adult environmental education, kayaking & SUP curriculums. She holds a degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College. Sam coordinates all of our custom tours; give her a call to set up a unique kayaking or SUP adventure for your friends & family. She is an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor, Level 3 Surf Kayak Instructor & Level 1 SUP Instructor.

Todd Johnstone-Wright

Todd has worked in outdoor pursuits and education for over 20 years, and serves as an Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Adventure Sports Center (ASC) at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. The ASC offers college students professional training, assessment and expedition programming in coastal, surf and whitewater kayaking. At his core, Todd is a coach whose focus is on creating highly differentiated and fun learning experiences for any ability level, both on and off the water. He is one of only three North Americans to successfully assess as a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Coach Sea and is an American Canoe Association (ACA) L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L4 Surf Kayak Instructor, ACA L4 Whitewater Instructor and serves as a senior instructor for SOLO Wilderness Medicine. Additionally, Todd earned his Master’s Degree in Education with an academic focus on the coaching process and holds awards in both the ski and climbing disciplines. He is a team paddler for P&H Kayak and Werner Paddles and an ambassador for Kokatat. Kayaking and mountain sports have afforded Todd the opportunity to paddle, climb and ski throughout North America, South America, Africa and Europe. He feels it’s a privilege to be present whenever and wherever learning is happening.

Ian Costanzo

Ian is an outdoor enthusiast; whether on the ocean or in the mountains, he pursues whatever adventure is at hand. Ian got the paddling bug while on a three-week kayaking expedition off the foggy, rainy coast of Maine. Ever since he has been dedicated to become an excellent paddler and coach. His patience and easygoing manner makes him an excellent instructor for beginners, while his drive and energy will push more advanced paddlers to step up their skills. A Westport native, Ian has explored the local waterways, and has been enchanted by their beauty and diversity (often while waist-deep in mud). He loves teaching kayaking and stand up paddling to people of all ages and showing them the wonders of the rivers and coastline he grew up on.


- ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor
- ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor
- First Responder

Brendan Buckless

Brendan has four years of professional paddle sports experience. He started as a whitewater rafting guide on the Snake River in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming. Brendan is originally from Westport and joined the Osprey team in 2015. He works full-time at the Westport Land Conservation Trust and is a University of Vermont graduate.


- ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
- USGS Medical Care Provider
- Swiftwater Rescue (Rescue 3 International)

Emily McNear


- ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
- ACA Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor
- ACA Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
- UKCC Level 1 Coach

Brandon Hietpas

After 5 years of professional paddle sports instruction, Brandon has honed the craft to bring personalized student centered teaching to his clients.  His love of paddling started many years before he delved into the instruction community, paddling, kayak fishing, and surfing in Oregon and Washington.  Brandon can now be found out plying the local waters of Rhode Island and Massachusetts chasing the current run of fish, threading rocks via long boat, or surfing the local point.


- ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
- ACA Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor
- ACA Level 2 Surfski Instructor
- ACA Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
- UKCC Level 1 Coach Kayak/Canoe

Contact Us

489 Old County Rd. Westport, MA 02790

Phone Number: (508) 636-0300

April & May - Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
June - Labor Day- Every Day 9am to 5pm
September - Tuesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
October - Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
November & December - Thursday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

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