Shearwater University Instructors

Phyllis Woolwine

President and Lead Instructor

  • USCG Captain: Master Near Coastal
  • US Sailing Certified Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Passage Making, and Coastal Navigation Instructor
  • US Powerboating Certified Basic Powerboat Cruising, Inshore Powerboat Cruising, and Night Operations Instructor
  • American Canoe Association Certified Coastal Kayaking Instructor
  • National Board Certified Teacher, Adult and Young Adult Science
  • MA, Multicultural Science Education
  • BS, Botany

Phyllis brings her passion and a lifetime of experience in boating, education, and natural science to her culminating life work, which is Shearwater University.

  • Passionate Sailor since age 5: Cruising & racing on both coasts
  • Kayaking and Canoeing since age 12.
  • 18 years boating experience in SE Alaska. Piloted vessels of every size, from kayaks to 68-foot tenders, throughout¬†the entire archipelago.
  • Kayaking leader for trips throughout Washington and British Columbia since 2011
  • Founder and Leader of Following the Raven, a sectional paddle through the Inside Passage from Seattle into SE Alaska
  • 14 years teaching high school science: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science
  • 8 years teaching sciences at University of Washington and University of Alaska
  • Founded Shearwater University in 2015 to bring professional education to maritime training.

Martin Barker

Faculty, School of Kayaking

Credentials & Experience:
  • Kayaking since 1980 in England and the United States
  • Leading kayaking trips in the Salish Sea since 2010
  • Teaching sea kayaking skills since 2009

Martin's patience, clear communication and attention to detail have helped kayakers of all skill levels achieve their goals.