Staff of Osprey Sea Kayak in Westport MA

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 Greece. 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, Calif., the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the San Juan Islands, Greece, 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.

Sam sup

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 Astral Buoyancy. 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.

Todd Wright

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


Steve Cerri

Steve found paddling very recently during his time at Saint Michael’s College, paddling the waters of Lake Champlain and Coastal Maine. As an alumnus of the college’s Adventure Sports Program, he has a diverse background in outdoor sports and has accumulated a great deal of guiding experience. Most of all, Steve enjoys coaching introductory paddlers through the basics and getting new folks out on the water. He is looking forward to paddling all that Massachusetts and Rhode Island have to offer, and getting to know all the members of the Osprey Sea Kayak Community.


  • ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • Adaptive Paddling Certified
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder


Brendan Buckless

Brendan has three 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)

Brendan Bio Photo


Matthew Smith

Matt began paddling at an early age in wood strip canoes he built with his dad. From there he became involved with other water sports like sailing and swimming. In college, Matt majored in Expeditionary Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh with a focus in Paddle sports. Since then, Matt has had paddling adventures in Scotland, Southeast Asia, Peru, Patagonia, the Pacific Northwest and New England. Matt now works for SUNY Plattsburgh as an adjunct professor of paddling and outdoor living skills, and as an instructor and guide for Osprey Sea and Surf Adventures. Matt is a BCU 4-star sea leader trainee, a BCU level 2 coach trainee, an ACA level 3 river kayak instructor, and he is Wilderness First Responder.


  • ACA Level 3 River Kayak Instructor
  • BCU 4 Star trainee
  • BCU 2 Star coach trainee

Matt wipeout


Maeghan Farnham

Maeghan began kayaking during her first semester in the Expeditionary Studies Program at SUNY Plattsburgh in New York. Since graduating in 2014, Maeghan has actively pursued certifications and professional development in both kayaking and climbing. In the past three years, she has held a variety of jobs including guiding multi-day kayak excursions in the San Juan Islands, leading groups on multi-day treks in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, and instructing multi-day kayak and outdoor living skills classes for SUNY Plattsburgh. Maeghan loves helping people safely enter the world of paddle sports in a fun, comfortable, and relaxed way.


  • ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • BCU 3 Star Paddler
  • BCU 4 Star Trainee
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor








Lyndsie Danks

Lyndsie is a whole hearted outdoor environmental enthusiast.  A native of Watertown New York near the Adirondacks, her passion for the environment and outdoor adventure deepened after a long family camping trip out west across the United States.  In May 2017, she will graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh College with two Bachelor Degrees in Environmental and Expeditionary Studies as well as a Minor in Global Planning.   Her passion for paddling quickly became her concentration in the Expeditionary degree program.  She enjoys meeting new people.  Her natural ability to interact with kindness, patience, optimism and determination propels her positive reputation.  She believes in people and their innate ability to become the best version of themselves.  She enjoys watching people discover their own path as they fulfill their own goals.   She has worked in NYPENN-GS youth camps as a Trip Leader guiding youth in kayaking, canoeing, and safe hiking while expanding her own skills.  She has worked as an Odyssey instructor and Teacher Assistant at SUNY Plattsburgh with incoming new students in all Outdoor Adventure skills.  In New York, she has paddled on the St. Lawrence River, many Adirondack rivers, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, Cayuga Lake and Lake Ozonia.  She has paddled in Vermont, Maine, and overseas in Wales-Scotland-United Kingdom. 


British Canoeing Level 1 Coach

BCU 3 Star Paddler

SOLO First Responder

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures
489 Old County Rd.
Westport, MA 02790

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