About Us

Welcome to Savannah Canoe and Kayak, the answer to your paddling needs on the Georgia Coast. Savannah Canoe and Kayak provides top quality canoeing and kayaking instruction, guided tours, and camping adventures to the barrier islands of the Georgia Coast. Our lesson and tour services are unparalleled in professionalism, yet are relaxed and informal. We use our paddling adventures as a tool to educate and inform others on our dynamic marine environment. No trip to Savannah is complete until you've experienced the unique culture and natural beauty of the Georgia Coast!

"We moved to the Georgia Coast for one reason... the paddling. With dozens of undeveloped barrier islands, lazy rivers, and a terrific climate, the little discovered Georgia Coast is a painter's paradise. That's why, in 2003, we started Savannah Canoe and Kayak. In 2010, after thousands of on-water trips, classes, and adventures, we opened Savannah's largest paddlesports retail store. We are pleased to provide a full range of services, both on-water and off,  to promote the great sport of paddling, and to play our part in helping to preserve this beautiful coast. We hope you will join us." - Kristin & Nigel Law, Owners

-American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union certified- ACA Surf Kayak Instructor Trainer - ACA Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor - ACA Surf Kayak Instructor Level 4 - ACA Surf Kayak Committee Chair - ACA Flat-Water Canoe Instructor - BCU Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach & Level 2T Sea Kayak Coach - BCU 4 Star Sea and Surf Paddlers - BCU 5 Star aspirants - Paddler for US East Coast Surf Kayak Team - Wilderness First Aid Certified - CPR Certified - Lifeguard Certified

"I spent two days paddling with Nigel. It was the highlight of my trip to Tybee." - G. Scherer, BCU 4 Star Paddler

"I spent six months in a canoe with Nigel and he was a pain in the rear." - K. Law, 4 Star Wife

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Staff

Nigel & Kristin Law - Owners Nigel & Kristin have built SC&K from the ground up, starting in 2003 with two boats in the backyard. Today we strive to offer a quality experience for our customers. We use certified guides who have a vested interest in our community and are stewards for protecting the coastal environment. We bring our on-water expertise into the retail store to make SC&K a hub of paddlesports information. Our retail store offers one of the largest selection of boats and gear in the South East. We endeavor to maintain integrity with all our customers. Come on by - we'd love to meet you!

Steve Braden - When doubt arises, we say " What would Steve Braden do?". In 20 years of sea kayaking, Steve has paddled the GA Coast many times. A keen naturalist, Steve is dedicated to protecting and preserving our area. He has also hiked the AT. Combined with his powerful and consistent technique, his teaching style is calm, kind and methodical. Steve helps with our camping expeditions, instruction, full day, and half day programs. "Being on the water is being in a dynamic environment. If you do nothing, something will happen."  ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer, ACA Advanced Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor, BCU Coach 3 A1 Instructor

Mike Robinson - Mike maps the earth. As a research scientist at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, he contributes to our better understanding of coastal morphology, bathymetry, and tidal flow. Mike has been paddling and interpreting the GA Coast longer than anyone we know. There is not a bird he cannot identify or a gastropod he has not fondled. Mike's knowledge of kayak design and construction is as comprehensive as any you'll ever come across. Aside from being the USA-NDK warrantee repair guy, he also throws a mean oyster roast.  Mike's newest endeavor is as partner in the rockin' Saltwood Paddles company.  ACA Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor - Retired

Tony Varvoutis - Tony comes to us from the mountains where he was a whitewater paddler and guide. He was first introduced to paddling in the bayous while fishing with his grandpa. Eventually he started guiding on the Chattooga River. After stints guiding from New Zealand to Appalachia, he moved to Savannah. We have quickly converted him to coastal whitewater...ie.. the surf. When not teaching social studies, Tony brings an upbeat personality to SC&K on the water as a guide and assisting in the retail store. ACA Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor Candidate

Ben Fontenot - Originally from Louisiana, Benjamin discovered sea kayaking here in Savannah, Georgia. His passions of history, ecology, and paddling come together as Ben helps us both in the store and on the water as a guide with our half day tours.  Ben is an accomplished woodworker and has launched his own line of Greenland Paddles. In his downtime Ben enjoys hiking, trail running, museums, and playing bass guitar. ACA Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor, WSA Level 1 SUP Instructor


Nick Scoville - Nick has contributed to the team as an instructor and guide over the years, and is now back on board again. We are glad to have him! He has been to the Pacific Northwest and is full of tales of surfing orcas on over falls and sailing the Inside Passage. Nick currently lives on a sailboat here in Savannah, splitting his time between work and play. As an avid paddler, Nick is a tribute to learning your passion inside and out. Welcome aboard!  ACA Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor

Mayme Buoy - As a graduate of Outdoor Education, Mayme has been training for her perfect job for years and now is thrilled to be living it daily. Mayme is a born and bred Savannahian with a wide array of coastal experiences. She assists with all aspects of SC&K from being a retail associate to leading on water programs as a kayak and SUP guide. When you grow up somewhere as special as Savannah, it is easy to see why she loves it so. Mayme is a treat to meet and to spend time with on our rivers, creeks, and islands. 

Erin Krebs - Erin is a school teacher by day and an outdoor enthusiast by weekend. Erin has moved from casual paddler, to skilled paddler, to both sea kayak and SUP guide, to being part of our retail team. When not out on the water, she also enjoys getting away to the mountains for some climbing. Erin is proof that we should strive to learn, grow, and reshape our lives all the time. Her positive outlook and infectious attitude is a joy to have around. WSA Level 1 SUP Instructor

Reverend Kevin Kelly
Kevin has fished all of his life in the waters of the southern US, from North Carolina to the bayous of Louisiana. His other job is truly as a fisher of men as he is a priest for a local church. He is a member of the SC&K Fishing Team, specializing in fly fishing.. See him on the water with a kayak fishing trip or at the shop for an informative lecture. Hobie Pro Angler Fishing Team

Jessie Kellam - Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Jessie found her way to Savannah in 2016 and joined the SC&K team with great enthusiasm. Her background as a yoga instructor and  love of the outdoors has blended into the perfect fit as a Kayak and SUP Tour Guide and as a SUP Yoga Instructor. Jessie has a sunny disposition and relaxed approach which speaks beautifully to experiencing the coastal environment with her. In addition to teaching yoga, paddle boarding, and trail running with her pups, she enjoys all that is creative including design, photography and videography. 200 RYT Yoga Instructor 

Cassandra Benevento - Cassandra journeyed to Savannah as an art student at SCAD and decided not only to stay, but to come on board with SC&K as a kayak guide. Cassandra has contributed greatly to our half day tour program with groups large and small. Her spirited personality make her a pleasure to be on the water with. Cassandra also helps out with promotional events and marketing. 

Martha Haynes - We are fortunate to have Martha heading up our SUP Yoga program. Martha has been many things in her life, but now she is centered on just being. She has a great love for the outdoors, and is an avid camper, hiker, and paddler. Martha lives on the banks of the Wakulla River, and works at Florida State as an education researcher. She is a graduate of the TCC Ecotourism Institute Green Guide program, and a Leave No Trace trainer. Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor,  BCU 2 Star Paddler

 

Savannah Canoe & Kayak is proud to be associated with this group of southern paddlers. Let us make full use of their knowledge, talents, and personalities. What a great team it is!

SC&K  also supports...

Georgia River Network - Georgia Nature Conservancy - Coastal Heritage Society - Ossabaw Island Foundation - Tybee Island Marine Science Center - Humane Society of Chatham Savannah - Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Aquarium - Clean Coast.Org - Savannah Riverkeeper - Ogeechee Riverkeeper