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You'll Enjoy Meeting Our Staff:
Some people are born to fish. Dillard Young is one of those people. And he loves
helping other people catch fish, sharing his years of experience. You'll know
from the minute you leave shore you're in the hands of someone who not only knows his business but takes pride in making your fishing trip relaxed,
enjoyable, and successful. When you return he'll quickly fillet your catch
From time to time a number of other fishing guides
(above) Dillard docks one of the Edisto Watersports
One of our regular Captains, Jeremy fishes from the Bullfrog and,
as you can see, brings home some very pretty fish and delighted customers.
Lindsey Young (left), master naturalist, leased Edisto Watersports with her husband Dillard in 1990. Today she is an activities manager for a local resort during the week and spends evenings, nights and weekends at EWT. She'd rather be kayaking than eat, loves making sure her guests have a wonderful experience, and supervises the staff to be sure your every need is attended to. Lindsey has that Edisto knack for having never met a stranger, but she's also a true professional dedicated to making sure your experience is safe and fulfilling. She knows the Edisto waters and she respects them.
Laurel Schmoyer is a biologist with a deep seated love of the water. She's been canoeing for nearly 50 years and took up kayaking when she moved to Edisto. She uses her background to enrich your visit as she talks about the ecosystem and its animals. She has a particular passion for dolphins.
Trey Young is Lindsey and Dillard's oldest son. A strong paddler he often assists on the tours giving a helping hand to anyone who might get tired or have a minor problem. Currently a college student, Trey is good natured and engaging. He'll make sure you have a wonderful time.
Get on the water with Missy is an experienced kayaker who
Robin McAliley is an experienced kayak guide who takes great care to insure that groups she leads are well prepared, comfortable, and know what to expect. She's particularly good with beginners and very knowledgeable about the local waters and wildlife. Here she is describing the route the group will be taking as they paddle toward Otter Island, a pristine barrier island managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources.
Robin has lived at Edisto off and on since 1985 (more on than off!) She's been guiding at EWT for 8 years and also serves as store manager. A self taught naturalist, she recognizes that most of the guests who go out with us have never kayaked before. "So we make it a fun paddle." Usually with a large group there are two guides so the advanced paddlers can have their pace and there is someone in back to assist those new to the sport.
Captain Dave Petty is retired from the British Merchant marine and is a master mariner. As such he traveled the world for nearly 40 years. He met his wife, a family physician, in Philadelphia in 1991 and as they say the rest is history. He now resides on nearby Toogoodoo creek, just off Edisto, where they built their dream home. Captain Dave has studied the local history and brings the same sure confidence to his tour boat he acquired on vessels many times larger.
Capt. Frank Kirk has lived on Edisto for several years now with his wife Lindy. They are active in the community and share a passion for this beautiful island. Frank is pictured here during a nature walk on Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area. He is passionate about nature.
" A late thank you to Frank who led our two hour cruise on a rainy Tuesday afternoon Aug.30 for my wife and I and a few others at 12pm. We saw some dolphins playing along the shoreline,saw where the wealthier folks hide their boats,etc. upstream and got to use the blue ponchos when a quick moving cloudburst hit us after 1pm. Frank was very informative,kind and the kind of guy you are lucky to have for these excursions. Take good care of him."
Capt. Dillard Young
MissyWinn (above) is a versatile part of our staff working the shop,
The Shop at Edisto Watersports
View from the dock at Edisto Watersports of Big Bay Creek
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