Al Bakker

Head Sea Kayaking Guide

Dedicating his life to the open waters, Al has been paddling the world for the past four decades. He has kayaked and guided adventures throughout North and South America, Japan and the South Pacific, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and for the past 20 years he has been leading our small groups of keen kayakers out into the icy waters of Antarctica, the European Arctic and the Russian Far East.

As well as being a qualified sea kayak instructor, in his outdoor career Al has taught and examined Nordic ski instructor courses, swim instructor courses, whitewater rafting courses and qualified in swiftwater rescue. He raced competitively at a national level in  cross-country skiing and has developed sea kayak, rafting and cross-country ski programs in many countries. He has also worked as a helicopter ski guide, rafting guide and Wilderness First Aid instructor.

When not travelling the world with his kayak, Al returns home to Switzerland where he manages his own sea kayaking business.

Al Bakker's Destinations

Al Bakker's Expeditions


    Expedition - South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    18/20/21 DAYS from US$15,600 pp

    Throughout long summer days, discover wildlife-rich South Georgia, step foot on the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula and retrace Ernest Shackleton's epic journey from Elephant Island.

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    Expedition - Across the Antarctic Circle

    Across the Antarctic Circle

    11/12/13 DAYS from US$9,100 pp FLY/SAIL

    Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33' South in the wake of hallowed explorers and experience a world of powerful whales, shimmering mountain ranges and mesmerising icebergs.

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    Expedition - In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    18 DAYS from US$14,600 pp

    Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed.

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