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.

Below: SCDVA's Coastal Warriors Promotion featuring Madison Cantrell, Program Coordinator & 2nd Guide.

Service Project on Bulls Island

On Saturday, April 29th, Coastal Warriors and Boeing participated in a service project on Bulls Island inside Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. We boarded the Coastal Expeditions' motor vessel Caretta at Garris Landing in Awendaw. Our destination was the beautiful and pristine Bulls Island. The circuitous route to the island found us winding through the Class One wilderness of the creeks, bays, and sounds of the salt marsh estuary. Birds and dolphins were plentiful in this ecosystem.

We landed on the western side of Bulls Island and proceeded with trucks and trailers to perform a copious litter sweep of the island to make it ready for seabirds, shorebirds, and loggerhead sea turtle nesting season. This litter sweep was safari style (truck and trailer assisted) and targeted known problem areas on the island which allowed for a comprehensive overview and introduction to all of the main ecosystems of Bulls Island including the maritime forest, the interior water impoundments, and the beach. Wildlife abounded with hundreds of species of birds as well as the ever-present and abundant population of American alligators.

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 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 2024 Cohort Schedule

Week 1. Wednesday, August 14th, 2024
- Orientation -

Week 2. Sunday, August 18th, 2024
- Pool Training #1 -

Week 3. Sunday, August 25th, 2024
- Pool Training #2 -

Week 4. Sunday, September 1st, 2024
- Family & Friends Day -

Week 5. Sunday, September 8th, 2024
- Trip #1 -

Week 6. Sunday, September 15th, 2024
- Trip #2 -

Week 7. Sunday, September 22nd, 2024
- Friends & Family Day -

Week 8. Sunday, September 29th, 2024
- Trip #3 -

Week 9. Sunday, October 6th, 2024
- Trip #4 -

Week 10. Sunday, October 13th, 2024
- Trip #5 -

Week 11. Sunday, October 20th, 2024
- Friends & Family Day -

Week 12. Sunday, October 27th, 2024
- Trip #6 & Graduation -

See below to apply for FALL 2024 Cohort. Applications CLOSE on July 1st at 11:59pm EST.

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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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.

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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.

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