Christine West

Naturalist

Christine is a naturalist who was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After obtaining her B.A. from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration by beginning a career working on expedition boats worldwide. Christine is now a USCG-certified 100 ton captain and has traveled internationally full-time as an expedition guide, educator, writer, PADI scuba diving instructor, and certified international tour director for over a decade. 

Since 2013, Christine has spent her summers working as a naturalist guide in several regions in Alaska including the Kenai Peninsula, Ketchikan, and Denali National Park. Her experiences guiding in remote regions around the state have taken her hiking through lush riparian forests, kayaking alongside orcas, and canoeing through ice chunks below calving glaciers. She has also enjoyed working as an in-water guide educating about echinoderms and other invertebrates in the kelp forests of Southeast Alaska. 

Christine’s passion for travel and wildlife has taken her to work above and below water in over 30 countries, spending significant amounts of time in Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, and several countries in the Caribbean. Her passion for aquatic life has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in warm and cold water, as well as snorkeling and freediving excursions in more extraordinary conditions such as in riverbeds with spawning salmon, in recently deglaciated areas filled with glacial silt, and with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, and pilot whales. 

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Dec 22, 2018
  • Dec 26, 2018
  • Dec 30, 2018
  • Jan 03, 2019
  • Jan 07, 2019
  • Sep 17, 2018
  • Sep 23, 2018
  • Sep 29, 2018
  • Oct 05, 2018

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