Life on Little Assawoman

All Originals at Coastal Kayak!

Our staff is amazingly talented! Kayakers, paddleboarders, surfers, sailors, teachers, scientists, videographers, boat-builders, fish-whisperers, and...incredible artists. This year we had two art students and a graphic design professional on staff and luckily, they were willing to put their creative powers to work for us! Belle recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's in Fine Art. This fall she is returning to campus to work in the Old College Gallery where she'll be curating and organizing new art shows for the gallery. Ultimately, she'd love to work for a museum in DC. Last year Belle designed the concept for our "Adventure Awaits" tee. The tank tops are super-popular and this year we also put the design on a ladies performance long-sleeve tee. Madison is starting her last year as a Fine Arts major

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Neverland… by Meghan Hanebutt

I went back to work at Coastal Kayak for the second time in 2015. That year, I had decided that I wasn’t ever going to grow up. When you work at Coastal Kayak, you don’t have to. The first time I worked there, I was 15 years old. The company was young, the owners were young, and I, at my ripe age of 15, had it made. I could sit by the bay and stare out over the water for hours at a time. I was one of two employees, so on busy days I did it all- I got customers to fill out paperwork, and helped them get started out on kayaks, sailboats, and windsurfers. On slow days, I read my book and on rainy days, I went home. During my shifts, I drug

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You’re never too old to try something new…. by Mary Eash

As far as summer jobs go, I have the best. My name is Mary and Coastal Kayak is one of my happy places. It is an adventure on the water that I want to share with others. Right now my 10th summer at Coastal Kayak is in full swing and I have come to recognize that my greatest pleasure is to encourage older and younger alike first timers to experience the thrill of accomplishing something new. There is something special about kayaking and paddle boarding for the first time. The peacefulness of the open water and viewing land from that prospective opens up the door to imagination. Wildlife and their sounds with cool breezes and a new found control over your destination equates to pure pleasure. I’m so elated when first time kayakers and paddler

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2016 in the Slipstream

Was it just a couple of months ago now that the days were long and warm and we were all wearing shorts and sandals?? As the days get shorter and darker, here are a few photos to help you through the worst of it. We'll see you on the other side!    

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CK’s First Intern!

This is my first summer with CK, and it’s been one of the best.  I’ve been privileged enough to learn the business under Mitch and Jen this summer while doing my Internship for West Virginia University (aka Coastal Kayak’s first intern). I’ve gotten to work alongside some of the best and learn all sides of the job.  I was able to put together a training manual of all the birds, critters, plants and history of all the tours, which is something they have wanted for awhile. Coastal Kayak is definitely a place where you should bring your families when you visit the beach, and even go on one of their tours.  You won’t regret it!   This past Saturday, after the storms rolled through Neil and I had a great family of paddlers, and we

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Catching up with our Guide Heather

Hello my Coastal Kayak friends! It's so great to be back this summer for my fifth year! I'm so happy the weather is finally warm. Winter was long but I did get to enjoy a bit of traveling with Salisbury University, while I took a photography class abroad, exploring London and Paris. While I enjoyed every minute of it some of my favorite memories would include traveling to Wiltshire, an English countryside village home to Lacock Abbey (a country house that looks more like a medieval castle), and also, re-creating the Abbey Road album cover, as I channeled Paul McCartney. While in Paris, I indulged in shopping at Galleries Lafayette, many museums and french cuisine; I love escargot.         June is always a great time for eco tours! The bald eagles are

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SUPing on Saturday by Bob Collins

Growing Degree Days 36.4; ocean temperature, 43 degrees; forsythias, just started blooming; those are plain COLD facts. Worse, Carly got a SUP for Christmas and has not had it in the water, until today!   Despite being pretty stiff, Carly and I headed out onto the Assawoman Canal by Jefferson Bridge Road. This is a good spot early in the year, sheltered and relatively warm. Certainly it’s a good spot to get the cobb-webs off.   We headed south, with the current and took a cut into Jefferson Creek. From there, it winds a little, broadens a lot, and if you’re careful about some shallows (the water is clear now, so on a SUP you can really see bottom well), you come into the heart of what I call Jefferson Bay. We had the wind

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What I Did This Winter by Cap’n Bob

Back in the old days, teachers’ first assignment for their students was to have them write “What I Did Last Summer.”  Summers for me since 2003 have been filled with guiding tours, teaching sailing and kayaking, and being a general beach bum at Coastal Kayak. Now, Jen and Mitch want me to share “What I Did This Winter.”  Being older (and wiser) than fellow guide Tim Bennett, I didn’t launch my kayak in an area that required dodging ice floes and icebergs.  I know what happened to RMS Titanic. Instead, my wife and I loaded kayaks, bicycles, fishing rods, the Harley and other assorted toys into our fifth-wheel toy hauler and headed to snow-free Florida for a couple of months. The highlights:  kayaking with dolphin and alligators, bicycling the 20-mile roundtrip Legacy Trail between Sarasota

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What we do in the winter continued…

I know that it is almost Spring (according to the calendar anyway!) so maybe we'll call these posts "What we do in the off-season". It is an understatement to say that this winter has been a rough one! So our employees that have 'real jobs' and stay at the beach in the winter have had to be creative in their entertainment these last few months. Tim Bennett has worked for Coastal Kayak since 2005. His "real job" is as a Wildlife Conservation Officer for Delaware Fish and Wildlife. So he is outdoors all year long. His favorite part of his job with Fish and Wildlife is being able to watch the wildlife, especially owls, as they nest, have babies, and grow through out the seasons. The cold weather has not kept him indoors, even in

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What we do in the winter, continued…

Jim Bourke started working for Coastal Kayak in 2007 when he sold his hardware store in Baltimore and moved to the beach. He is a Level 2 ACA Kayak Instructor, a Level 2 ACA Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor, and a fish whisperer. Jim and Debbie had fantastic plans for this winter. They have a travel trailer and were going to spend most of the winter traveling in the sunny warmth of Florida. A couple of their favorite spots are Melbourne Beach, Bahia Honda, and Flamingo in Everglades National Park. But Debbie had a nasty, nasty knee lock-up and they had to make a bee line back to Delaware just in time for the coldest weather in a couple of decades - the Polar Vortex. She got in to the doctor quickly so we hope that

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