Captain Mark WaddingtonCaptain Mark Waddington
CIMI Tall Ship Expedition Director and Senior Captain

"The Guided Discoveries culture is an embodiment of thinking globally while acting locally. I have been given immense responsibility and trust right out of the gate. I have also been given generous support in many aspects of my different jobs at Guided Discoveries. ...  Guided Discoveries is a phenomenal company for students, employees and the environment."

Teaching sailing originally led Mark Waddington to work for Guided Discoveries, but its philosophy and culture made it his life choice.

Mark began working for Guided Discoveries in 1994 and has filled a number of roles, including dive master, aquarist and program director. He is the director of the Catalina Island Marine Institute Tall Ship Expeditions and senior captain of the SSV ToleMour, where students learn how to run the ship and study the waters they sail through.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in physical geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as a 1,600-ton near coastal, auxiliary sail master, as well as by the American Red Cross as a lifeguard instructor and is a nationally certified scuba instructor.

Contact Mark at or 310.

Holly CoulingHolly Couling
Program Director, Second Mate

"When I arrived on ToleMour, I felt as though I'd come home.  I see the impact our work has on our students on every single trip as they transform from a group of classmates or campers into shipmates willing to play together, work together, sing together and be challenged together.  When they leave the ship they are something more than they were when they arrived: they are a community of adventurers that takes pride in a job well done, knit together by memories of incredible fun.  They love each other, the ship, and the ocean.  What could possibly be a better reward for one's efforts than that?"

Holly started sailing on Tole Mour in spring of 2009 as an Instructor/Deckhand and Able Sea Farer, teaching and learning from our student crew.With a background in summer camps and the water, having grown up close to three of Michigan's Great Lakes, Holly fell in love with tall ship sailing because of its effective platform for teaching.

Holly holds a bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University, her 200-ton Near-Coastal Mate's license, a 100-ton Near Coastal Master's license, an Able Bodied Seafarer rating.  She is an ARC Lifeguard and an Open Water SCUBA Diver.

Contact Holly at or 310.