Captain/Owner Bixler McClure
Captain/Owner Bixler McClure is a fifth generation Sewardite who is instantly recognizable by his unique name and his attempt to wear shorts all year round. With a lifetime of experience on the water, he holds a USCG 500 ton Master Near Coastal license and Able Seaman Unlimited license. Captain Bixler has an M.A. in Environmental Geography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Bixler dreamed for years about sharing our beautiful neck of the woods (and ocean) with visitors, so he started Seward Ocean Excursions. Bixler enjoys all things ocean and outdoors, aviation, exploring Alaska, and spending time with his family. For more, check out this interview with Bixler.
Captain/Owner Krystin McClure
If you call Seward Ocean Excursions, there is a good chance you are talking with Captain/Owner Krystin McClure! Aside from being the face behind the phone, Captain Krystin also serves as a relief captain, cultivates SOE's social media, and behind-the-scenes work. She holds a USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) license. Captain Krystin has an M.S. in Ocean and Resources Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Alaska and recently "retired" from the field in April 2022 to help run Seward Ocean Excursions. Though born and raised in California, she has deep roots in Alaska and moved up here in 2009 with Bixler. She enjoys spending time with their son, Lynx, exploring Alaska, and flying their Piper PA-12.
Lynx McClure is our boats' namesake and (when he's not being shy) will greet customers on the dock with his mom and dad. He is 6 years old and is a local expert on all things Minecraft and Mario. He loves camping, cabining, casting his fishing rod into trees, hugging our cat, playing in the snow until he's either soaked or cold, and just generally being a kid.
Senior Captain Joanna Corey
Senior Captain Joanna Corey fulfilled a life long dream of moving to Alaska in 2015 and has been here ever since. Growing up in Seattle Washington gave her an early passion for life on and around the water. Family boating and a Maritime Academy at her high school led her to pursue a career on boats. Joanna holds her USCG 100 Ton Master license as well as a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. Her hobbies include camping, fishing and exploring this beautiful state
Senior Captain Calley Davenport
Senior Captain Calley Davenport started her career on the water here in Seward nearly a decade ago. Originally from Tucson Arizona, she was attracted to Seward for it’s cool temperatures, incredible wildlife, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Calley has always been passionate about wildlife and the great outdoors. From an early age, traveling to northern parts of the Sea of Cortez instilled a fascination for the ocean. While in Tucson she studied Environmental Biology, which deepened her appreciation for the natural world. She has since worked on boats traveling all around North and Central America, but Seward is the place that keeps calling her back. Spending her time on these waters year after year has given her a deep appreciation for Kenai Fjords National Park and all its wildlife. Calley currently holds a USCG 100 ton Masters License as well as being a licensed Able Seaman. When she’s not driving boats, you can find her enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities including seeking out the best blueberry patches around town.
Captain Anthony Harris
Captain Anthony Harris was born and raised in Seward and has spent his entire life on the water. Formally a commercial fisherman, he made the recent jump to tourism. He holds a USCG 100 Ton Near Coastal license and has experience working on a wide range of boats from longliners to water taxis. With a lifetime of living in Alaska under his belt, Anthony is sure to entertain our guests with stories ranging from winching up giant halibut to building tiny homes to split boarding the backcountry. When not on the water, he enjoys all things outdoors and being the only person in the entire Seward CrossFit community that can RX each and every WOD.
Captain Connor O'Quinn
Captain Connor O’Quinn originally hails from Central Texas. He has a BS in Recreational Administration from Texas State University. While in college, Connor and a few friends took a road trip to Alaska and he was instantly sold. 2023 marks his 9th summer season in Seward, having previously worked as a kayak guide, a deckhand, and a captain in both Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay. With all of his experience, he holds a USCG 50 ton Master’s License. When not on the water, you can find Connor mountain biking around all the trails on the Kenai Peninsula.