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The Team

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THE CREW

This is the awesome team at PADDLE! the Florida Keys. We all are here to make your time on the water the best part of your vacation. We can also help you select the perfect paddleboard, skateboard, or swimsuit to meet your individual needs!

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SCOTT BASTE OWNER, INSTRUCTOR - ASI (ACADEMY OF SURFING INSTRUCTION) LEVEL 2

Scott is a former elite level mountain bike racer, now an elite level paddleboarder who can be seen at many local and not so local races. A lifelong paddler, Scott grew up enjoying canoeing (a family past time) and kayaking. He enjoys slow easy paddling as well as spirited racing and especially long distance expedition racing. He has successfully competed in the Missouri 340, Yukon 1000, Everglades Challenge 300 (4 time winner), Suwannee 230, Kruger Waddell Challenge 240, Washington 360, and many other shorter courses. He consistently paddles well over 2500 miles per year. You can find Scott paddling the Tavernier area in Florida Bay as well as on the ocean side of Key Largo and Islamorada.

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Betsy Co owner, manage and tour guide

Co-owner of Paddle the Florida Keys, Betsy, has been involved with the business from the beginning. As a former educator and dive instructor, she loves guiding our eco-tours and sharing her love for nature and the Keys marine environment. She also loves meeting new people and can’t wait to help guests paddle themselves to a better place.

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Deven Manager/tour guide/delivery driver

Growing up in the keys has made Deven a local expert on most things water related. He found his passion for paddleboarding through working at PADDLE! Now, he has worked his way to become the fastest paddleboarder in the Florida Keys. He enjoys teaching people to love the sport. Make sure to pick his brain for all the paddling tips and maybe one day you’ll be faster than Deven.

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Susanne Tour guide/equipment maintenance

Susanne is a marine biologist with a passion for anything that swims, creeps, and slithers in the mangroves (especially iguanas!). She is originally from Germany and started guiding kayak tours 25 years ago in Maine where she holds a wilderness guide license. Susanne loves the water (she lives on a houseboat) and driving boats whenever she is not kayaking or paddleboarding. Her assistant guide and constant sidekick is Slinky the wonder dog!

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Stephen Tour guide/artist

Stephen Coelho is a lifelong waterman, involved in watersports on & underwater since childhood. When he’s not guiding tours, Stephen loves paddling offshore to dive the reef or camping on distant island beaches. Guests’ 5-star testimonials often mention his passion for nature & wildlife, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Stephen is also an accomplished artist, and his deep connection to the ocean is reflected in his artworks. Stephen’s our resident skater & he’s always stoked to help groms choose their first board. He’s also our in-house graphic designer & social-media manager.

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Britney Tour guide/ sales associate

Looking for a warm island smile to lead you on your tour? Britney is your girl! Born and raised in the Florida keys, she has a keen eye for spotting wildlife and knows the best local spots. She loves anything that involves the water, with some of her favorites fishing and diving.

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Bekah Tour guide/ray of sunshine

Bekah is our resident ray of sunshine. She is currently pursuing a degree in environmental studies at FGCU, and loves to use her knowledge to educate others. Bekah is fluent in Spanish, and is more than happy to translate any information from her tour for you. In her free time Bekah enjoys spending time with her dog Captain, line dancing, and photography.

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Keith Tour guide/delivery driver

Keith Ousley (KEEF) may be new to our staff but is no stranger to the paddle lifestyle! When Keef is not on the water you can usually find him working on marine inspired paintings in his Islamorada art studio. – “I love the inspiration I get every time I get out on the water, you never know what you are going to see.”