Take some time to read about the naturalists that will be guiding you on your next adventure.
Captain Joe Lotts
Joe has been guiding since the young age of fifteen. After discovering his love and tremendous passion for the outdoors, Joe attended and graduated from Brevard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. While living in the mountains of North Carolina, Joe sharpened his kayaking and guiding skills in whitewater rivers and steep mountainous creeks. After moving to Charleston, Joe worked outdoor nature programs mastering the skills needed to provide the best guiding service in the region. After 16 years of experience, Joe branched off to start Charleston Outdoor Adventures, LLC, the leading outfitter of Folly Beach, South Carolina. “Here at COA we will create an outdoor experience and memories that will be cherished for life”.
Captain Tripp Copeland III
Tripp, from Winton, N.C., discovered his love of the outdoors at an early age. Spending his summers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, he grew an appreciation of the East Coast and its waters especially. Tripp followed his passion to Brevard College, where he graduated with a degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. He started guiding naturalist kayak tours in 2003 in Beaufort, N.C. From there, he moved to Charleston, S.C., where he has been guiding ever since. Living in Charleston, he has developed a great enthusiasm for the Lowcountry and a wide knowledge of its estuaries and wildlife. Now working for Charleston Outdoor Adventures, Tripp is excited to be working with a company that shares his views on the importance of promoting awareness about local environments and ecosystems.
Captain Luke Levanchy
Recently retired from the insurance industry, Luke is our Stand Up Paddle Boarding expert. Spending a majority of his free time on the water, he knows all the small creeks like the back of his hand and can get anyone to stand up confidently on their board.
Chris was born in Hawaii, and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. After high school Chris decided to join the Army as a Cavalry Scout, serving for 4 years and went to Iraq in 2008, he got out as a Specialist (E-4). After the military he attended Brevard College studying Wilderness Leadership Experiential Education and graduated in 2015. Chris was most recently a Rock climbing guide in Brevard, North Carolina at Pura Vida Adventures but he has held various jobs throughout the mountains. Chris’ interests include rock climbing, mountain biking, and surfing. He is very passionate about the environment, and enjoys traveling the world in the off season. Chris has been working for Charleston Outdoor Adventures since 2013 and is currently the Landing Manager and Eco-Tour guide.
Ford Prioleau Menefee: Pri is a 12th generation Charlestonian and brings Southern Hospitality to a new level on Bowens Island. He currently attends Porter-Gaud, and plans to attend MUSC after graduation. Known by many names here on campus, Junior is an excellent kayak and paddle board instructor. You’ll find him on a paddle board at any point during the day clad in his favorite pink COA shirt and straw hat.