Owner / Operator
April Link has been working toward the creation of Outer Coast Outfitters since 2007 when she attended Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) on Vancouver Island. This 100-day guide training program gave her the training and certification to take her interest and experience to the next level for a career in the outdoors. This program includes training in canoeing on lakes and rivers in tandem boats and solo lake paddling, sea, surf and river kayaking, backpacking, Avalanche 101, rock climbing, snow and glacier travel as well as navigation and leadership. She came away from the program certified in Advanced Backcountry First Aid (80 hrs), Lakewater Canoe Instructor (Recreational Canoeing Association of BC), Assistant Overnight Sea Kayak Guide (Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides) and as a VHF Radio Operator.
She has used this training to guide unsupported sea kayak trips off of Northern Vancouver Island, teach lakewater canoe courses in Nanaimo and Prince Rupert and provide outdoor education while backpacking in the lower mainland of BC.
She has since gone on to certify as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Small Vessel Operator and Big Canoe Leader. Currently, she is training as a member of the Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue Team and has taken on an advisory role to COLT, where she started out.
April believes in the power of nature to heal and since starting a Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth Mental Health has offered therapeutic outdoor groups for women and children who have experienced abuse to teach coping skills for managing stress, anxiety and trauma responses through her work with the North Coast Transition Society. She also taught ocean-based canoe clinics for the Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference when it came to Prince Rupert.
April and co-owner Chris Ridler have been raising their own children to be comfortable and competent in the outdoors and is enthusiastic to share the same education with local families.