About Whitecap Kayak
WE ARE DIFFERENT
(And that's a good thing)
Many kayak guiding companies have a pre-selected trip dates. We, however, let you pick the dates. You tell us what dates are the most-convenient for you, and we create a trip around your schedule.
Feeling ambitious about your multi-day apostle island kayaking trip? Sure, we can do some island-hopping and lots of site-seeing! Can hardly wait to kick back and relax? No problem-o! We’ll set up camp and make sure we get plenty of time on the beach.
Not an Assembly Line
While other guide services operate like an assembly line, we customize each sea kayaking apostle island trip, and specialize in guiding small, family-sized groups.
We Provide the Gear
No need to bring a bunch of stuff with you; we’ll provide you with one of our excellent guides, a trusty sea kayak, and the gear to go with it. (Let us know if you need camping gear.) Yep, it’s all included for free! (You pack your own undies though.)
Although we specialize in custom trips, sometimes people like to join an existing trip. When that happens, we make sure we pair you with people who share your interests and skill-level.
We Mentor Youth
The heart and soul of Whitecap Kayak is to train up youth to become the responsible, hospitable, and knowledgable guides you’ll meet on your trip. They go through months (even years) of book work and hands-on training before they can become certified senior guides.
We’re heavy in instruction, so we have a very high level of certification in our company. Check out what it means when we say many of our guides are ACA-certified.
We want to provide you with an enjoyable and affordable experience. Save some greenbacks and ask us about our group discounts.
No Experience Necessary
No experience is necessary for any of our trips. And safety is our highest priority. So before your trip, we’ll spend about a half hour getting you up to speed on the basics of kayaking (and what to do in the rare case that you take a little spill).
Meet Our Guides
Dr. Neal Schroeter
Dr. Neal is the founder, owner and director of Whitecap Kayak. He dreamed of the idea while riding on a bus in Nepal. (No – he wasn’t there being a hippy! Lest you get the wrong idea. He was there doing medical mission work). He came home and started teaching teens in his church youth group to kayak, and thus Whitecap Kayak was born. He is a full time Emergency Room physician, and part-time associate pastor of the Range Community Bible Church. He is an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer; L5 Coastal Kayak Instructor and an L4 Whitewater instructor.
Dr. LeaAnn Schroeter
LeaAnn is co-owner of Whitecap Kayak (and wonderful wife to Neal). She has paddled kayaks since long boats were used for whitewater and paddles had a 90 degree feather. She has since “retired” from paddling whitewater, but loves to teach beginners on simple rapids. She works as a pediatrician and is an ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3 instructor.
The friends and family of Whitecap Kayak deeply and profoundly grieve the loss of our beloved Clint Mabie. He went to be with his precious Savior, Jesus, on April 16, 2016. He was the co-leader of Whitecap Kayak. He was a Level 4 ACA instructor working towards becoming an Instructor Trainer. He was passionate about mentoring youth and was seen as a great father figure by many! He is so greatly missed, that at times and in ways, it seems hard to continue our kayak ministry/business without him. But in Clint’s honor, we press on doing it better than ever before because of him!
Esther has been kayaking since she was quite young to keep up with her 5 older siblings who were all guides before her. Therefore, “Competition” is her middle name! She is an expert at everything she does, and became an L3 ACA instructor as soon as she turned 18. She is a very good soccer player, and will play for Lake Superior College this fall.
Britta has been put in canoes and kayaks since she was first walking! She has gone along to help on guided trips since she was probably 12 years old and hasn’t stopped since! She loves whitewater and sea kayaking, and is an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak instructor. Britta graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelors degree in Microbiology & Environment & Natural resources. She is now pursuing a degree in nursing to become a nurse mid-wife. She lives in Ashland, and loves being at the doorway to the Apostle Islands!
Syd has become an expert kayaker since the inception of Whitecap Kayak, when she and her husband, Clint, joined. They have both served as great youth group leaders at the Range Community Bible Church and thus fit in well with the youth mentoring focus of Whitecap Kayak. Syd is a Level 3 instructor, works as a paramedic, and is a camp chef extraordinaire. She is loved by all. And the Whitecap Kayak friends and family wish to express their unending love and sympathy, as she grieves the loss of her best friend/ husband.
Mark is a long time sea kayaker and a certified Level 3 ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor who can help you with your paddling skills as well as show you around Lake Superior and one of his inland favorites, the Gile Flowage. Cruising the islands on the Flowage or paddling around the Apostle Islands on the big lake with Mark is always interesting. He has a lot of area history to share with you and enjoys getting to know new people. Mark loves living in the U.P. and sharing the outdoors. In the summer if he’s not paddling he’s probably fishing for muskies or smallmouth bass, spending time with his wife, Margaret, or working on his whitewater boating skills (something new on the water for him). Winter is filled with snowboard riding instruction, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. He looks forward to meeting you. Ask him about his grandsons.
Josh started sea kayaking in Door County, Wisconsin and first received his ACA instructor certification in 2013. In college he ran on the cross country team while studying Human Biology and Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Josh now lives and works in the Chequamegon Bay area where he enjoys working on his home on the Marengo River, cross country skiing and working with Whitecap Kayak! Josh is a certified Level 4 ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor.
The Junior Guides
And meet our many Junior Guides. Whitecap Kayak is a business with a purpose to mentor youth in leadership and interpersonal relationship skills. Paddlers on our trips universally are impressed with their maturity and how delightful it is to have them along to help. A women this past season exclaimed, “I now have a new hope for today’s youth!” As for our Junior Guides – “Wow, this is a great summer job! I get to kayak & camp, and get paid for it.”