a little about us

meet the team

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Rob Rausch

President

Wakeboarded since the sport was invented. That’s nearly 30 years of experience on the water. He’s a certified coach with fifteen years coaching experience and still pushes his riding despite being in his declining years. Rob is passionate about Osoyoos both as a resident and business owner. He serves as Board Member of Destination Osoyoos and the Osoyoos Airport Development Society. In his downtime, he likes to relax by flying the Boeing 737 for Air Canada.

Kailee Quist

General Manager

Kailee is the beating heart and soul of Wakepilot. Full stop. Her genuine care and concern for every other team member is the foundation on which our top-rated customer experience is laid. As a former business owner as well as BC Ferries crew member, she came to Wakepilot slightly overqualified both as a manager and boat operator leading to her rapid and frequent promotions in the company. Guests often comment on Kailee’s constant smile and unassailable positivity.

Rakelle McWhirter

Lead, Customer experience

Rakelle is another team member that has quickly been promoted because of her care and attention to guests and staff alike. With a relentless focus on safety and exceptional customer experience, you will frequently find her name in Wakepilot’s TripAdvisor and Google reviews. Behind the scenes, Rakelle’s generous work ethic and unflappability have earned the respect of the entire team and industry partners. Rakelle is also a dance instructor in the off season in her home town, Coquitlam. Her other passion is doubles kneeboarding with her cousin Janessa, another rockstar Wakepilot team member who recruited her.

Jesse Jenks

Head Coach

Jesse came to Wakepilot as a coach after many, many sessions as a customer. Jesse grew up in Crofton on Vancouver Island and has been wakeboarding since he was six. An avid surfer as well, Jesse is nearly as talented behind a boat as he is on the ice as a goaltender. His accomplishments include playing Division One hockey at the university of Alaska Fairbanks as well as playing for Team Canada and winning a bronze medal at the World Junior A Championships. Jesse loves anything in the outdoors including camping, mountain biking or surfing the breaks in Tofino. Guests love Jesse for his sunny personality and his Golden Retriever, Lucky, who occasionally hangs around at the Wakepilot shack if you want to meet him!

Amy Gillespie

Coach

A skilled wakesurfer from Gleniffer Lake, AB, Amy grew up wakeboarding as a customer for Wakepilot and discovered a passion for wakesurfing in 2016. She’s our resident surfing expert now performing spins and yoga moves on her skim-style surfboard. Amy has been around towboats for many years so when she’s not riding, she’s dialing in the perfect wave/wake for riders of all abilities. Amy joined Wakepilot to share her love of wakesurfing and wakeboarding with our guests. Off the water, Amy keeps busy as a nursing student at Western University in Ontario while snowboarding during her off time in Panorama.

Jordan Desrosiers

Coach

Jordan was born into the sports world. He is a high level ice hockey official and has played hockey his whole life. Jordan has been taught by many amazing coaches and mentors throughout his athletic career. Taking from what he has learned from his coaches, he pursues being the best possible coach on and off the lake. Jordan loves the outdoors and being on the water, whether that be fishing, camping, hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing or any other outdoor activity. He is extremely passionate when it comes to helping others succeed.

David Fiddes

Coach

David is a prairie kid from Edmonton, Alberta but was born with a BC heart. He spent his summers coming to Kelowna, Penticton, and finally the last three seasons to Osoyoos. David’s current season with Wakepilot has him as a charter captain on our Harris and HeyDay. He is primarily a wake surfer but is also excited to teach people how to e-foil this summer. In the winters, David spends most of his time in the hockey rink. This past season he has shifted to coaching with the Kings Club Association in Sherwood Park. As an Albertan, David is obviously a huge country music fan, but has next levelled it by volunteering as a square dance caller at community centres across the province. He also attends the University of Alberta as an economics student. David finds joy in watching people succeed since there is no better feeling than seeing someone have fun. 

Scott Schmitt

Coach

As a founding member of the Christian pop band, the Altarboyz, Scott left high school early to pursue a career in music. After releasing their self titled album and touring North America extensively, Scott left the band to pursue his other love, surfing.  Scott arrived to Wakepilot as an avid surfer who just wanted to connect our guests with our great experiences. He was a natural fit as a coach but just wanted to work the beach despite our pleading with him to captain and coach. For 2022, he has no choice. We are pressing him into service where his best skills intersect – board sports and customer service. If Scott isn’t on a HeyDay WT2 charter, he’s spoiling guests on one of our Luxury Harris Sunliner cruises. Most mornings you’ll find him teaching someone to e-foil. In the little bit of spare time we give him, Scott enjoys hockey and spending time with friends. The Altarboyz album is still available on Apple Music and Spotify.

Join the Team

Wakeboard coach

taking applications

Wakepilot recruits early every spring for our coaching crew. A love of sharing the sport and helping make experiences of a lifetime is a must. Applicants must also have previous experience teaching wakeboarding, surfing and skiing. Preference is given to NCCP certified coaches and those that have competed. Spend the summer on the warmest lake in Canada in a brand new Super Air Nautique teaching watersports, developing athletes, teaching boat driving, doing private lessons on guests’ boats, and generally living the dream. Additional benefits include free daily sets and use of other Wakepilot equipment. To apply, please send a resume to rob@wakepilot.com

Kiteboard coach

hiring

With the goal of decreasing our impact on the environment, Wakepilot is bringing windsports to our offerings. Introducing kiting and wing surfing/foiling means we are looking for IKO certified coaches. You can coach kiting anywhere in the world. Check this one off your bucket list. Come to the warmest town in Canada, Osoyoos, BC. If you are also into towed watersports, this is the job for you! To apply, please send a resume to rob@wakepilot.com

waterfront team

hiring

Join the team at the top-rated tourism company in Osoyoos. If you love connecting with people and then connecting them with exceptional experiences, Wakepilot is the place to be. Duties include answering inquiries, taking reservations, entering them in our computer reservation system, checking-in guests, conducting safety briefings, dispatching and receiving watercraft and preparing vessels. Spend the summer on the beach at an attractive wage+commission pay structure. Additional benefits include use of equipment. Preferred applicants should have customer service, boat driving, mechanical, and computer experience as well as strong organizational skills. To apply, please send a resume to rob@wakepilot.com

maintenance lead

hiring

If you have a love of all things mechanical, especially boats, and enjoy working outdoors, this is the job for you. Applicants should have experience with engine maintenance and have a basic understanding of electrical systems. Duties include daily checks of all vessels, oil changes, diagnosing and making general repairs, preventative maintenance, cleaning and fuelling vessels, and docking boats. Additional benefits include use of Wakepilot equipment. To apply, please send a resume to rob@wakepilot.com

Spreading Osoyoos Spirit

wakepilot scholarships

Nearly 20 years ago, Wakepilot started operations with one humble Moomba Mobius boat. Since then, we have grown to be the largest watersports school in western Canada winning recognition from the industry, sponsorships from boat and gear manufacturers, and top-ratings from our guests.

Our success doesn’t come from our top-shelf fleet of boats but rather from our fantastic staff who love creating exceptional experiences for our guests on the warm waters of Osoyoos Lake.

Wakepilot sponsors local sports as well as supporting several local and regional charities. We understand that being a good corporate citizen means giving back to the community. To that end, Wakepilot is also pleased to offer scholarship(s) up to $6,000 to Wakepilot team members pursuing further education in technical/trade schools, college, or university. 

2021 recipients

RACHEL, Waterfront Team – starting studies in Criminal and Social Justice at College of the Rockies.

SOPHIE, Waterfront Team – starting studies in Business Management at UBC-Okanagan.

FAITH, Customer Service Manager – continuing studies in Engineering at UBC-Okanagan.

LOCHLAN, Maintenance and Waterfront Team – continuing studies in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

RAKELLE, Lead Customer Experience – continuing studies in Criminology at SFU.

JANESSA, Customer Service Manager – continuing studies in Dental Hygiene at UBC.

EMMA, Customer Service Manager – starting studies in Psychology at Union College, NY. 

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Victoria Day to Labour Day
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Labour Day to Thanksgiving
9:00am – 5:00pm

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(250) 495-4195

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