Our Guides

Hiring guides for the 2017 season!  If you love the outdoors and the water, have a strong work ethic, and work as hard as you play – this might be the job for you!  As a guide with Coastal Explorations, you’ll be responsible for leading kayak tours and stand-up paddleboard tours as well as helping with our rental fleet.  Our shop and dock are located on Currituck Sound and you’ll find yourself most days exploring the shallow, calm waters and marshy mazes of our area.  Many of our guides in the past find themselves asking repeatedly throughout the summer – “wait, i’m getting paid for this?”  If you don’t have guiding experience, that’s ok – you can make up for it by having that strong work ethic, an outgoing personality, and an enthusiasm for learning.  Applicants must be strong (those kayaks aren’t light), be able to work in the summer heat, and be dependable.  Limited housing is available on a first come, first serve basis and is nearby in the village.  Please send a letter of interest to us at water@coastalexplorations.com


Hadley is an Outer Banks native, growing up in Duck and now residing in Corolla Village. Hadley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Environmental Science in 2003.  Since then you may have seen her on the beach, in the water, or walking barefoot with her yellow lab, Lula Bell, around the village.   She started up Coastal Explorations in 2008 and has been busy getting people on the water ever since!

Audrey is joining us from Roanoke, Virginia and loves the mountains, hiking, and has a soft spot for animals. While studying chemistry at Hollins University she works in the stables on campus caring for up to 48 horses. In comparison her summer job here at Coastal Ex might seem like a vacation!

Jan pronounced “Yan” (it’s Polish, ya’ll) has journeyed south from his home state of Maryland and is guiding with us for the first time this summer. As a junior biology major at the University of Maryland he hopes to pursue med school after he graduates. So if you happen to get a blister from paddling he’ll be able to help you in 5-8 years!

Jane is another Outer Banks local, calling Roanoke Island her home! She’s just finished high school and will be attending Sewanee, The University of the South but first she’ll be taking a gap year to explore and learn! New Zealand and Spain are currently on her itineray but if you have any other recommendations, please let her know!

Ray is a senior at the University of Maryland (his home state) studying environmental science.  Upon graduation he’s considering grad school but ultimately hopes to pursue working in wetland restoration. While he’s a huge fan of anything Maryland (Terps, Orioles, and Ravens) if you happen to be a rival fan, he’ll still make sure to bring you back from his tours!

SadaSada joins the Coastal Crew from York, PA (home of the peppermint patty) and this will be her second season with us. She just graduated from Princeton University with a major in American History and is contemplating continuing to law school.  So if Jan can’t fix your blister in 5-8 years, Sada may be able to represent your malpractice suit.

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