Our ethos:

It is our mission to increase the number of people who benefit from spending time in the great outdoors.  By increasing people’s skill and knowledge, Seattle Adventure Sports helps people to access the outdoors with confidence, safety, and responsibility.

Seattle Adventure Sports does this through:

  • Offering high quality programs for adults, youth, teams, and schools

  • Encouraging all to take heightened responsibility for themselves, others, and the environment through Leave No Trace principles

  • Ensuring that managing safety is at the core of everyone’s responsibility when engaging in any outdoor experience

Meet the Seattle Adventure Sports team

Don Cheyette   Don has been adventuring in small boats since he was a small boy- one of his first responsibilities was rowing the family dog to shore while exploring the Inside Passage. Coaching and educating has grown to be a fundamental part of his life, taking him from Alaska, to Patagonia, to the UK, and beyond.  His goal for Seattle Adventure Sports is twofold:  1. To foster a community of engaged outdoor enthusiasts, from pint-sized kindergartners to adults;  2. To facilitate learning and a sense of wonder and exploration in the community that extends into other facets of people’s lives.

Don Cheyette

Don has been adventuring in small boats since he was a small boy- one of his first responsibilities was rowing the family dog to shore while exploring the Inside Passage. Coaching and educating has grown to be a fundamental part of his life, taking him from Alaska, to Patagonia, to the UK, and beyond.

His goal for Seattle Adventure Sports is twofold:

1. To foster a community of engaged outdoor enthusiasts, from pint-sized kindergartners to adults;

2. To facilitate learning and a sense of wonder and exploration in the community that extends into other facets of people’s lives.

Matthew Smith   Matthew is a paddlesports coach with Seattle Adventure Sports. For Matthew paddlesports and outdoor education has not only been a rewarding experience while teaching, but has also led him to a life of adventure. Since graduating from the four year Expeditionary Studies degree, paddlesports has taken Matthew all over the world from South America to Southeast Asia.

Matthew Smith

Matthew is a paddlesports coach with Seattle Adventure Sports. For Matthew paddlesports and outdoor education has not only been a rewarding experience while teaching, but has also led him to a life of adventure. Since graduating from the four year Expeditionary Studies degree, paddlesports has taken Matthew all over the world from South America to Southeast Asia.

Liz Thayer   Liz is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about experiential education. As a former teacher and coach, Liz loves being able to provide hands-on learning opportunities for all ages to enjoy. She believes it is important to encourage both kids and adults to challenge themselves and try new things, especially in an outdoor setting. Liz enjoys backpacking, skiing, climbing, and traveling and is always up for an adventure!

Liz Thayer

Liz is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about experiential education. As a former teacher and coach, Liz loves being able to provide hands-on learning opportunities for all ages to enjoy. She believes it is important to encourage both kids and adults to challenge themselves and try new things, especially in an outdoor setting. Liz enjoys backpacking, skiing, climbing, and traveling and is always up for an adventure!