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SAVANNAH, GA – March 25, 2024 – Outside Brands has appointed nine new captains and guides to the Outside brands team for the 2024 season: Capt. Bayard Huggins, Capt. Dean Hagler, Capt. Adam Jenson, Capt. Tim Johnson, Phillip Duncan, Dylan McAffery, Tim Hartford, Steven Pytlak, and Aly Presley.

These exceptional individuals have graduated from Outside’s prestigious guide training program about working in this unique environment of the Lowcountry.

“The key to having successful guided tours is having knowledgeable and personable captains and guides, which is why we have such a thorough training program, so our guides feel they have the tools and resources to host successful experiences,” said company CEO, Mike Overton. “Our people, especially our captains and tour guides, are our greatest resource and we foster the personal and professional growth of each member of our team through an investment in the highest quality training and ongoing development for everybody at Outside Brands. We are thrilled to welcome abord these new captains and guides to the Outside Brands team.”

The guide training program for Outside Brands has been curated and developed over the past 45 years. A faculty of naturalists, historians, and professional guides teach potential captains and guides the basics of interpretive naturalism, kayaking skills, safety skills, ecology, history and environmental awareness, and the overall values and ethos of the company. This is comprehensive training for the full range of Outside’s programs – kayaking, boat, and land-based tours. The program has an esteemed faculty and has received national recognition.

The award-winning adventure team of Outside Brands™ offers uniquely crafted guided experiences in Hilton Head and Palmetto Bluff, SC; Savannah, GA, and beyond. From humble beginnings as a windsurfing school in 1979, Outside Brands has grown into a dynamic four-division business with operations in South Carolina and Georgia. Driven by a mission to enrich lives by connecting people to exceptional places, products and experiences, Outside offers fully customized group travel services, team building programs, activities and specialty retail. For more information about the mission or the Outside Brands, visit

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