Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Field and Stream, Abu Garcia, Repella, Bass Pro Shops
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Expert master angler guide on every trip
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Eco-friendly guided river tours, no white water just a nice calm relaxing trip
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always been an outdoorsman, since the very first time I went down the river on my kayak I was hooked, no pun intended. I am known as one of the best anglers in the area, and have caught well over 50 trophy fish in the local rivers, I am a certified expert master angler and know every inch of the rivers I travel both top and bottom
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
All staff [members] keep a First Aid kit on their kayak and are First Aid and CPR certified and up to date on aquatic life saving. [They] also are required to make trips after storms to ensure that there are no new obstacles blocking the river
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Showing customers a look at [the] wildlife they dream of.
In 1996, Matt Redford opened Chesapean Kayak Tours to introduce others to the beauty of Hampton Roads' waterways, which he called the "backyard of his youth." Years later, he expanded his small kayak company to Chesapean Outdoors, adding biking, standup paddleboarding, and surfing lessons to his lineup of outdoor adventures. Today, Matt leads groups on seaborne sojourns to catch glimpses of bottlenose dolphins, blue herons, and bald eagles in their natural habitat, and his bike tours meander the trail that winds around First Landing State Park. Atop standup paddleboards, groups navigate the flat waters of Virginia Beach and its state parks as well, and Matt leads more experienced paddlers out into Chesapeake Bay to catch sight of dolphins or fulfill a lifelong dream of feeding a wild catamaran.
The experienced guides at Ocean Eagle Kayak Adventures maintain a thorough knowledge of their local waters, allowing them to usher visitors through the Atlantic surf or secluded groves of shady water plants. On tours, they guide their participants to get up close with local wildlife and navigate alongside dolphin pods. On kayak fishing trips they help anglers ensnare a roster of seasonal fish. Groups paddle aboard sit-on-top ocean kayaks, and guides always prep them with ample paddling training and advice on how to recognize a fish's turn signal in heavy traffic. When not leading tours, staffers conduct fitness training atop the same kayaks, helping guests during interval training to build paddling power, sweep, and maneuvering skills.
Apart from the number of respective members and guests, the benefits of the Otter and Crab memberships are exactly the same. Both grant you a year of unlimited admission—including express entry through the mythical members' entrance—and, if you travel in an especially large school, both grant up to four additional guests half-off entry when accompanied by a cardholding member (per day). Although prices vary, today's deal offers you a year's access to the aquarium at a cost comparable to a single day's admission for the same number of people.