Tour Guides

Meet our Guides

Sarah Neal – Owner, Mission Kayak

Kayak, Bike & Hiking Guide

Texas All-Water Paddle Guide, ACA Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, ACA Level 1 SUP Instructor with an Adaptive Paddling Endorsement. Bachelors in Science – Environmental Biology – Wildlife Conservation and Management.

Sarah was born in south Texas and grew up in Newport Beach, California where she fell in love with the outdoors, the ocean and wildlife. In 2000 Sarah joined the US Air Force and spent 10 years in the computer and communications career field and deployed during IOF/OEF. In 2006 Sarah and her family received orders to Lackland AFB, San Antonio,Tx. After a spinal injury Sarah left the Air Force in 2010 and became a Network Security Engineer for General Dynamics in San Antonio. While the pay was great she longed for the great outdoors. In 2012 Sarah was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and had to have heart surgery to repair the defect. After her surgery Sarah sat back and took a hard look at her life and her career.  She decided to make a drastic change. She quit her lucrative IT job and moved with her family to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sarah spent 3 years in New Mexico where she completed a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Biology and fell in love with whitewater kayaking. Sarah started taking formal whitewater kayaking classes while in New Mexico and eventually became an American Canoe Association Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, Level 1 Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor and obtained her Adaptive Paddling Endorsement.  In 2016 became a Texas Park and Wildlife All-water Paddled Guide. At the end of 2015 Sarah’s husband retired from the Air Force and the family moved back to to the one city they called home, San Antonio. Sarah was hired by Mission Kayak in 2016 as it’s manager, kayak guide and kayak instructor. After managing the company for 10 months Sarah saw the potential Mission Kayak had and offered to buy the company from the previous owner. On 1 January 2017 Sarah bought Mission kayak, rebranded the company as Mission Adventure Tours and spent the first year making numerous improvements and streamlining the  businesses. Sarah is currently enjoying owning and growing this wonderful company.

Jim Lawson

Kayak & Bike Guide

ACA Level 2 River Kayak Instructor.

Jim also hails from Southern California. He moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2014. Jim was hired on as Mission Kayak’s shuttle driver in 2015. When Mission Kayak changed ownership in 2017 Jim agreed to become a kayak guide for the new Mission Adventure Tours . He obtained his ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructor certification in May 2017. Jim enjoys fishing all over the US and South America, and he as found a new passion White Water Kayaking! Jim is our go to guy and a Jack of all trades. He can fix anything, and is an indispensable part of the Mission Adventure Tours team!

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Becky Lemanski

Kayak & Bike Guide

Becky started working for Mission Adventure Tours in 2017 as a kayak rental specialist and over the years has progressed to being both a kayak guide and one of our main bike tour guides. When Becky is not guiding tours she is a full-time firefighter and EMT with the city of Kerby.

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Harold Campbell

Kayak & Bike Guide

Harold started working for Mission Kayak in 2014-15 as a kayak rental specialist and shuttle driver. In 2018 he had heard the company was under new ownership and since he enjoyed working in the outdoors he reapplied for a job with the new Mission Adventure Tours as a shuttle driver. As the year progressed he was offered a position as both a kayak and bike tour guide. Harold is a full-time grad student at the University of Texas – San Antonio.