Capt. Gates Roll

Fleet Manager, Boat Captain and Guide

B.S. English
USCG Master Captain
Certified Lifeguard
First Aid & CPR

2013 REI Adventures Top Guide

Rumored to have been raised by a family of blue crabs, Gates Roll is about as knowledgeable about the Lowcountry as anyone we know.  In 2013, he was one of only 6 guides worldwide to receive the TOP GUIDE award from REI Adventures for his work cultivating the Coastal Carolina Kayaking trip.  He’s a captain on the ferry, a lead naturalist and a multi-day adventure specialist.  In other words, he’s an invaluable asset to the Coastal Expeditions team.

When he’s not working at Coastal Expeditions, you’ll find him in saltwater flats guiding fishing charters.


“Living in the Charleston area, we want to learn more about the history and the natural habitat around us. We’ve taken 2 trip with Coastal Expeditions and haven’t been disappointed. The first was a fantastic weekend on Bull Island at the Dominick House where our naturalist, Gates, provided non-stop knowledge of Bull Island history and the ecosystem. We recently took the Santee Delta River tour and were very happy to see Gates again captaining the boat, as we knew we were going to receive a great tour and education of the area. His passion for what he does is outstanding! We are looking forward to more trips with Coastal Expeditions and their staff.” -Vickie H., TripAdvisor