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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 Lucy Hawk

Lucy was born and raised on the creeks and salt marshes of Charleston, South Carolina which is where she found her love for the outdoors. In 2008 she left the Charleston area in order to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Lucy realized while guiding during her summer breaks that outdoor education was more than just a hobby – it was a passion. After a few years of gallivanting around the world, Lucy moved back to the Charleston area to pursue her dream job: working as an outdoor guide on the water where she grew up! When she is not leading tours, Lucy travels as much as she can.

Kelly Klasnick

Kelly brings over 20 years of kayaking experience to COA as an eco-tour guide along with a true passion for the natural world. The opportunity to help individuals increase their appreciation of and comfort in the outdoors is one that Kelly finds particularly rewarding. A native of Pennsylvania, Kelly spent 15 years in the financial services industry before deciding to pursue a career change to align his professional experiences with his personal appreciation for the environment. Kelly obtained his master’s degree in resource management and then spent 8 years working for the Pennsylvania park system as an environmental educator and interpreter, park manager and operations section chief. Kelly obtained the certified interpretive guide designation through the National Association of Interpretation and applies those skills and experiences during his tours. When not on the water, Kelly enjoys hiking, bird-watching, mountain biking, music and traveling.

Brandon Martin

Brandon is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, born and raised on summers filled with boating, fishing and skiing on Lakes Moultrie, Murray and Marion.  His childhood was spent exploring the Edisto River and camping at Hunting Island.  All of these experiences have instilled a respect and love for SC wildlife.  After he graduated from the University of South Carolina he traveled to Europe and Africa, and eventually moved to New York. Charleston has been his home since the summer of 2015, and he has been a member of the COA family since the Summer of 2016. Wildlife conservation and education are both passions of Brandon’s, who loves to share his knowledge while leading kayak and paddle boarding eco-tours.  When he is not on the water he is taking road trips with his dog, Roscoe, and traveling out west.  Brandon’s other passions include art, theatre, and photography.  Just ask-he is always happy to take photos on tours!
1871 Bowens Island Rd. Charleston, SC 29412