Coastal Expeditions Foundation

Coastal Warriors Veterans Programs

Develop Skills On and Off the Water

In 2017, The Coastal Expeditions Foundation created the Veterans Sea Kayak Resiliency Program as a response to the staggering statistic that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. In this ten-week program, participants learn resilience and coping mechanisms through connecting to their environment and each other.

Program graduates are invited to become part of the Coastal Warrior program and participate in ongoing environmental service projects in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Projects include trail maintenance, beach sweeps and boardwalk construction.

About the Program

The Veterans Sea Kayak Resilience Training (V-SKRT) is offered to veterans in the Charleston area twice a year. Over the course of this program, participants take part in six full-day expeditions into saltwater and blackwater ecosystems to learn how to sea kayak.

Kayaks are available on Sundays from 3-6pm at our Shem Creek Campus for participants and their friends and families to enjoy.

Taking the principles of sea kayaking and applying them to interpersonal development skills, this program focuses on PTSD recovery and learning how to help- and be helped- on the water and in life.

Fall 2022 Sea Kayak Resilience Program

September 11 – Pool Training Day
September 18 – Pool Training Day
September 24 – Full Day Expedition
October 2 – Shem Creek Family Day 3-6pm
October 8 – Full Day Expedition
October 15 – Full Day Expedition
October 16 – Shem Creek Family Day 3-6pm
October 23 – Shem Creek Family Day 3-6pm
October 29 – Full Day Expedition
November 6 – Family Day/Celebration

Sponsored by Boeing South Carolina

Leadership at Boeing SC has supported this program since it was developed by Capt. Chris Crolley in 2017. Through a partnership and generous funding from Boeing SC, this program is free for all participants and their families.

The programs offered through The Coastal Expeditions Foundation's Coastal Warriors are for local veterans of all ages and military experience.

“Practice the willingness to ask for help followed by the willingness to receive help. Couple this with the concept that the way to save (rescue) yourself is to be of service to others."

-Chris Crolley, Founder and Program Leader 

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Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant Rentals

Offering Kayaks and Paddleboards

Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks or SUPs. Walk-ups are welcome or call / text to book and we’ll be ready when you are. All gear and instruction provided.

Call or text 843.884.7684 to book.

Outpost Location

Need A Guide?

If you really want to get a feel for the local history, identify the native wildlife, and get to special places, you'll need someone experienced to show you the way. We'll get you there.

Check out our Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant tours.

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Isle of Palms Rentals

Offering Kayaks and Paddleboards

Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks or SUPs. Walk-ups are welcome or call / text to book and we’ll be ready when you are. All gear and instruction provided.

Call or text 843.884.7684 to book.

Outpost Location

Need A Guide?

If you really want to get a feel for the local history, identify the native wildlife, and get to special places, you'll need someone experienced to show you the way. We'll get you there.

Check out our Isle of Palms tours.

Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard Click to Book via Text