Meet Tim & Sally

We have been offering quality, sea kayaking adventures in the San Juan Islands for 39 years!


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San Juan Kayak Expeditions offers something no other sea kayak outfitter can: an owner/guide who has been leading multi-day sea kayak adventures in the San Juans for 38 years! Tim started paddling the islands in 1978 and started San Juan Kayak Expeditions in 1980.

He guided three and four day expeditions for thirty-three years and is quick to exclaim with a humble smile that he has paddled more miles in the San Juans by sea kayak than any human being on earth. Tim still leads occasional kayak trips, trains all new guides and is shop foreman.  Tim is an avid table tennis player, and swimmer. Spend more than a day on San Juan Island and you will surely see Tim speed on Sweet Magneto, his beloved electric bicycle.

Sally moved from one island to another. Originally from Kent Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, San Juan Island became her home in 1997. She brings to SJKE a wealth of administrative and organizational skills previously honed as the longtime Director of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District.  She has paddled extensively in the San Juan Islands and Mexico with husband Tim and recently completed an eight-day, 100 mile sea kayak adventure in Baja’s Sea Of Cortez from Loreto to La Paz. She is an avid stand up paddle boarder and has paddled extensively in Baja’s Sea of Cortez. Yoga is her go to practice as she strives for balance in her life.  

More than likely, it will be Sally who answers your phone calls or e-mails, processes your reservation in her patient and professional way and greets you at our kiosk. She helps to make the company a leader in efficiency and customer service, and we couldn’t do without her! Give her a call 360.378.4436 and let her help you with the logistics of making the most of your sea kayaking holiday.

As owners and operators of San Juan Kayak Expeditions, Sally and Tim very much enjoy meeting those who come from near and far to paddle with San Juan Kayak Expeditions.

Come join us for our 40th season!

Sincerely,
Tim & Sally Thomsen
Owners and Operators Since 1980