MEET OUR TEAM
At Candlebox Kayaking, we’ve been committed to customer satisfaction since the moment we opened in 2014. Great service begins with great people. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to kayaking. We’re a team of dedicated professionals with a genuine desire to ensure that your experience with us is easy, convenient, and satisfying.
Matt DeLong is the owner of Candlebox Kayaking. A native of Nova Scotia, Matt is passionate about kayaking and introducing people to Nova Scotia's beautiful and diverse rivers.
Matt is a Paddle Canada Beginner River Kayak and Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer, an Intermediate River Kayak and Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills instructor, a Level 3 lead guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Association of BC, a swift water rescue technician and a Kayak Rolling Instructor Trainer. Matt is certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Standard First Aid and CPR level "C", and has achieved awards with the Canadian Lifesaving Society (Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross).
Simon is a Paddle Canada Advanced River Kayak Skills Instructor, a SRT 1 swift water rescue technician, and a Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC trained sea kayak guide. He formerly worked as a whitewater kayaking instructor for AQ Outdoors in Calgary, one of Canada's leading whitewater kayaking schools. He is also certified in wilderness first aid.
Karl is a Paddle Canada River Kayak Instructor Trainer. He maintains Medical First Responder certification as part of his Volunteer Firefighting with HRFE. Karl organizes and runs an annual Whitewater festival in Bangs Falls, NS open to all levels of whitewater enthusiasts. He is also a past president of Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia, a past NS Representative on the Paddle Canada board of directors, and is currently part of the Whitewater Program Development committee for Paddle Canada. Karl is passionate about outdoor recreation and loves seeing people achieve their personal kayaking goals and having fun doing it.