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   Position: Director  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

Position: Director

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.

Stephen Plotz   Position: Program Manager  The outdoors has continually been a part of Stephen’s life. Originally from Virginia, Stephen grew up catching tad poles, scouting for beavers, and building forts in the woods. Prior to joining us at Seattle Adventure Sports, Stephen worked in the wilderness therapy realm. When outside you’ll probably find him in mountain biking, cycling, paddling, climbing, caving, hiking, or laying out under a tree. He’s always up for learning something new.   Stephen has a passion for outdoor education and hopes to use his career in a way that aids in connecting individuals with the surrounding land.

Stephen Plotz

Position: Program Manager

The outdoors has continually been a part of Stephen’s life. Originally from Virginia, Stephen grew up catching tad poles, scouting for beavers, and building forts in the woods. Prior to joining us at Seattle Adventure Sports, Stephen worked in the wilderness therapy realm. When outside you’ll probably find him in mountain biking, cycling, paddling, climbing, caving, hiking, or laying out under a tree. He’s always up for learning something new.

Stephen has a passion for outdoor education and hopes to use his career in a way that aids in connecting individuals with the surrounding land.

Matthew Smith   Position: Paddlesport Coach  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

Position: Paddlesport Coach

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.