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Watch a Short Video About our Values


Meet CIO, a family of outdoor professionals.

CIO is an employee owned and operated adventure company.

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In 2013, CIO officially became a certified For-Benefit Corporation. Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. We adhere to the triple bottom line principals, and recognize that our employees are the face and heart of our organization.Read More…

Since 2013, CIO has pledged 1% of revenue to ocean education and the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.
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    Company Story

    A New Business Model

    Santa Barbara locals may remember us as Paddle Sports of Santa Barbara, selling kayaks and gear, renting kayaks, and guiding trips on the islands.
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    Guide Profiles

    The best in the business

    CIO’s guides are passionate, professional and experienced. Their passion is to connect you with our natural world and have fun within it!
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    2013 Impact Assessment

    Becoming a B-1

    Learning to do good was as difficult as it was fun. Understanding the need to mesh our passion about the natural world into business just made sense…

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Local and National Companies that we work withView All…
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It is our mission to save the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.