Captain; Joe Lotts 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 other outdoor nature programs mastering the skills needed to provide the best guiding service in the region. After 13 years of experience, Joe has 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”.
Manager, Tripp Copeland, 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, Will Roberts Mckenzie, III: William was spawned in the foothills of High Point, North Carolina. His aspiring outdoorsmanship began at a young age. Adolescent years were spent a majority of the time in the water at swimming competitions, followed with a passion of kayaking, paddle boarding, and surfing. William spent 12 years as a class 5 white water paddler in western NC, and even taught Captain Joe how to kayak. In 2010 William pulled the trigger and made the move from the mountains to the sea. For the past 3 seasons, he has managed and taught at COA. Recent achievements include receiving his captains license, and now he is a 10 month seasoned vet at the sea.
Cooper Smith was born and raised in the Lowcountry in Bluffton, South Carolina. After leading Kayak Ecotours on Hilton Head Island for two years, she is now a Charleston local and graduate of College of Charleston. Acquiring a major of Marine Geology and Environmental Sciences has aided in her already present knowledge of the local wildlife and processes seen in the Charleston area. In her fourth summer at Charleston Outdoor Adventures, she looks forward to creating an exciting journey into South Carolina’s unique estuarine systems.
Anna Sullivan:Formally from Woodstock, NY, Anna is a 2011 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a masters of science in Deaf Education. She has lived, kayaked, taught, and traveled in Australia, Hawaii, Colorado, New Mexico, and now South Carolina. Fluent in American Sign Language, Anna is a traveler extraordinaire and dolphin tamer. She spends her free time outside biking, running, swimming, dancing, hiking, hula hooping, and watching the sunset. She looks forward to taking you on a unique, fun, and exciting tour through Charleston’s beautiful salt water estuary systems with that earth lovin’ attitude. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch her doing yoga on a paddle board early in the morning or hula hooping under the sunset.
Brad Weiss: Salty Brad was born surrounded by water in the Great Lakes State of Michigan. At 7 years old he began canoe tripping and backpacking in Northern Ontario, instilling within him a passion for the outdoors at a young age. He moved to Charleston 6 years ago to earn a degree in Environmental Geology at the College of Charleston, and after successfully making the fresh-to-salt water transition has no intention of leaving. While studying at College of Charleston, Brad contributed to environmental research in India, San Salvador, as well as right here in South Carolina’s black-water swamps. He has also conducted a NASA funded research project on hurricane intensity and served as a scientist on the NOAA ship the ‘Nancy Foster’.