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Our Team in Belize

Our Belizean team of tour guides, chefs and other support staff will ensure that your Slickrock adventure is as enjoyable as it is memorable. Whether learning how to windsurf or sampling home-cooked Belizean meals, you’ll find our team to be passionate, knowledgeable and always wearing a smile.

Staff photo taken in January of 2019, on an Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef trip. Back Row, Left to Right: Martin Ramirez (groundskeeper), Luis Gonzalez (trip manager), Marcy Norales (chef), Lucy Wallingford (founding Slickrock owner), Cully Erdman (founding Slickrock owner), Phil Dowsett (CEO), Triina Trei (kitesurfer);  Front Row, Left to Right: Magdaleno “MJ” Yacab (trip manager); German Prado (island guide), Zac Ical (island guide), Neri Chi (trip manager and guide).

Cully Erdman

As founder of Slickrock, Cully has extensive experience leading kayak trips with an emphasis on instruction and participation. An avid adventurer, he has led numerous expeditions and has been featured in shows on ABC, ESPN, TBS and Discovery.

With 48 years of guiding experience, and 35 years offering Belize guided tours, he has extensive knowledge. Cully was named one of the “Top 100 Paddlers of the Century” by Paddler magazine in their year-end 2000 issue.

Cully remains with Slickrock on a consultancy basis and spends every summer at The Gorge.

Lucy Wallingford

Lucy joined Slickrock in 1986. As Vice-President and office manager, Lucy was involved with the development of our Belize programs from their inception. She guides at Glover’s Reef and is responsible for our renowned menu.

Lucy remains with Slickrock as a consultant. An avid backpacker, she spends her spare time hiking the desert terrain near Moab, Utah.

Apolitico “Pol” Salam

This is Apolitico’s 24th season with us, he originally came out to help with the rebuilding after Hurricane Mitch, and he was such a fantastic addition to our island family that we asked him to stay.

Pol is Mopan Maya and originally from Middlesex, Stann Creek District, but now lives in Silk Grass, also in Stann Creek. Pol is our groundskeeper and caretaker with extensive knowledge of the island and a skilled volleyball player.

Charlie Woodward

Charlie is a consultant manager for Slickrock. He spends most of his year in Idaho. He works as a geologist, community college teacher, outdoor educator, and outdoor adventure guide.

He also designs and installs renewable energy power systems — solar, wind and hydro– through his own business. He discovered sea kayaking and warm-whitewater on a trip to New Zealand in 1990. This is Charlie’s 23rd year with us in Belize.

Neri Chi

Neri has been guiding inland with us for 23 years and is from San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District. He trained in the U.S. as a river guide, having worked for Bill Dvorak during the summer of 2001, guiding on the Arkansas and Dolores Rivers in Colorado and the Green River in Utah.

He specializes in the natural and environmental interpretation of the jungle and is an expert in Mayan history. He is co-manager of our Belize Adventure Week program, as well as manager on the island. His huge experience, patience, and knowledge will make you feel safe and sound.

Aurora Roches

Aurora is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District and is of Garinagu heritage. She joined Slickrock 23 years ago and is a highly talented chef making delicious Belize cuisine. In the early days, Aurora has also helped with the thatching of the kitchen and other cabanas, painting and construction, so has had a large role in building up the island from the very early days.

We really admire her dedication and friendliness, as you’ll notice when you visit. Fresh rice, made from the coconuts picked the very same day is just one delicious part of the menu.

Mark “Marcus” Hyde

Mark was born in Belize City, Belize District, moved to the US after high school and spent two years at Brooklyn College. From there, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he stayed for four years, leaving with the rank of Corporal.

After leaving the marines, Mark went to commercial diving school and became a commercial diver around New York Harbor for 13 years, then Tampa for 3 years, finally settling back to Belize. In Belize, Mark became a PADI Divemaster, visiting the world-famous Great Blue Hole for six years. From there, he became boat master, captain, and manager of Ramada marina for two years, two years as manager of Blackbird Caye, owned his own boat business and now tenders boats for cruise ships, in addition to working for Slickrock for 19 years and counting.

 

 

Lavern Garcia

Lavern has worked as a chef out on the island for 19 years and has great cooking skills. She comes from Hopkins, Stann Creek District and is of Garinagu heritage.

As with our entire team of chefs, you will notice the hard work they do behind the scenes on your visit; from baking fresh bread for breakfast every morning whilst you’re fast asleep in the early hours, to making lunch and dinner whilst you’re busy on a kayak.

Marcy Norales

Marcy is now on her 17th year as a chef with Slickrock. She is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District and as with Aurora and Lavern, Marcy is of Garinagu heritage.

She is a dedicated and hardworking chef with a great sense of humour. Amongst the delicious meals throughout your stay on the island, keep an eye out for the hand-made key lime pie on Friday night.

Marcy is now also the island office manager, liaising with Jose on the mainland and keeping a close tab on the inventory.

Martin Ramirez

Martin originally came to the island to help with the construction and thatching of the cabanas during the off-season. Due to his work ethic and friendly manner, he was invited to work with us 16 years ago to stand in when Apolitico took a rare week off. He takes such good care of the island grounds, that we get him out to the island as much as we can.

Martin is of Ki’che Maya descent and originally from Guatemala, but has lived in Belize for nearly three decades and resides in Silk Grass, Stann Creek District. You will likely see Martin expertly cut open fresh coconuts with a machete throughout your stay.

Linsford “Reagan” Murillo

Reagan is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District and started driving boats from just 15 years old. He became captain at 17 and is vastly experienced throughout Belizean waters.

From 1984-1989 Reagan worked for Blue Marlin Lodge, then at the (former) Manta Resort out at Glover’s Reef Atoll from 1989-1998 until hurricane Mitch ruined the property, then transferred to their sister resort Blackbird Caye at Turneffe Atoll until 2001. Reagan has run tours of the Caribbean sea and Belize river to cruise ship clientele since 2004 and joined Slickrock as captain of Batfish 16 years ago.

Magdaleno “Junior” Yacab

Magdaleno is from the border town of Benque Viejo del Carmen (“Benque”) in the Cayo District. Prior to becoming a guide, his career started out as a zookeeper at Belize Zoo and he developed an expert knowledge of wildlife. Eco-tourism followed and he has a highly experienced guiding background, having worked for Mopan River Resort, Belizean Sun Tours and Duplooy’s Resort, amongst others.

This is his 14th season with Slickrock and he is now manager on the island. From his encouragement instructing the sporting activities to his friendly persona, he will make you feel at home.

Jose Garcia

Jose is general manager of the Belize City office. From accounts and logistics, food to drinks, he keeps the show on the road behind the scenes.

He is also co-manager with Neri on our mainland jungle tours. He has been working with Slickrock for the past 14 years and lives in Armenia, Cayo District, by the foothills of the Maya Mountains.

He is an expert guide with extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and a huge array of tales to share from his experiences in the jungle over the years.

In addition to being a firm part of the Slickrock family, he is Chairman of the water board and former mayor of his village.

Luis Gonzalez

Luis’ family moved to Belize from El Salvador when he was four and he now lives in San Ignacio, Cayo District. He became involved in the tourist industry early, working at several different lodges in the Cayo area. Several years ago a friend took him out to St. George’s Caye where he discovered his aptitude for water sports, especially snorkeling and diving.

Luis is a real natural in the water and is more than happy to share his vast knowledge of the Belizean waters, as well as making you feel at ease with his dedication and passion for a job he really enjoys. This is his 9th season with Slickrock and he is now island manager.

German Prado

This his 4th year with us. German has lived all over Belize. Raised on Ambergris Caye, lived for many years in the town of San Ignacio, Cayo District and now lives in Patchacan, Corozal District in Northern Belize.

He is very adventurous, loves the sea, and has guided for many years. Originally working at Jaguar Paw in the jungle ziplining and Belize river tubing, he got deeper into learning jungle plants, animals, and birds. His extensive knowledge of nature and Maya history is a huge asset. He is always willing to answer your questions and go the extra mile to be helpful. His enthusiasm is infectious and you’ll often hear him singing and playing the guitar.

Kelly German

Kelly worked her way up through the ranks as a Slickrock guide twenty years ago. Her first Slickrock trip began New Years Eve, 2000, having trained in 1997. Even then she knew that Long Caye was the ideal spot to be for whatever the world brings in the new millennium, and 20 years later, that’s still true. Belize is now her home.

Kelly has sold, designed and guided trips all over the world as well as managed a plethora of hotels and island resorts throughout the Caribbean.

Nowadays, Kelly channels her abundant energy and expertise into making sure things flow perfectly from start to finish on all Slickrock trips.

Kelly was featured on the cover of the Belize Tourism Industry Associations, Destination Belize Magazine in 2013 and is the former Vice Chair on the Belize Tourism Industry Association Board. Kelly is also a passionate kayaker, surfer, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor.

Gian Avila

Gian is from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo District and this is his 2nd year with Slickrock. He has been guiding for nine years and was previously President of West Cayo Tour Guide Association on a voluntary basis.

He used to run daily tours to Lamanai Mayan ruins in Orange Walk District. Previous guiding included working for Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneux Lodge, Chaa Creek and Viaventure.

Whilst a natural on the water, his career initially focused on inland activities such as cave tubing, visiting Mayan sites and river kayaking.