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POA offers new ways to dive into water sports on Daniel Island
By Elizabeth Bush
Apr 29, 2014 - 7:34:51 PM

While kayakers can often be spotted traversing the Wando River and adjoining creeks, paddle boarding is relatively new to the island scene.

Ahoy, Daniel Island landlubbers! Your days of water envy are over. It’s time to set sail for some refreshing new outdoor activities, courtesy of the Daniel Island Property Owners Association. On April 1, the POA began offering kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals to island residents, and on May 3 a four-day sailing class is set to launch at the Children’s Park Pier.
“We don’t utilize the waterways like we should,” said Dani Hermann, the POA’s recreation coordinator. “There is lots of activity on land, so we’re just trying a new approach to get people out exploring on the water. It’s very exciting!”
The new offerings came about after more than 100 residents indicated on a POA survey last fall that they would be interested in taking part in water sports. The POA purchased four stand-up paddleboards, three tandem kayaks, and three single kayaks. All are stored in a specially built wooden locker near the Bellinger Island boat ramp. The fees range from $25 for a four hour single kayak rental to $125 for a four-day stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rental. Those interested in renting can pick up paddles, life jackets and a key for the locker at the POA office.
So far, only a handful of people have taken advantage of the new crafts. But their reviews were very positive, said Hermann.
“They loved it! They raved about it. The only thing they said was they wish they had brought lunch along for the ride!”
While kayakers can often be spotted traversing the Wando River and adjoining creeks, paddle boarding is relatively new to the island scene. Daniel Island Park resident Deirdre McMurtry got her board in 2011 and has been hitting Ralston Creek with her good friend, Mary Bares, for tranquil jaunts ever since.
“It’s affordable,” McMurtry said, while cruising atop the water last Sunday. “It works your core. It’s fun and it’s fitness! And it’s very peaceful.”
“It’s an escape,” added Bares. “A time to enjoy the beauty of Daniel Island and see it from a difference perspective.”
The pair will often go out once a week when the weather is cooperative and paddle for about four miles.
“In the summer, sometimes I just wake up and go out!” said McMurtry.
Hermann is hoping the POA’s new SUP rental program will give more island residents an opportunity to enjoy the same experience McMurtry and Bares have come to love about life on Daniel Island.
“It’s a great workout,” added Hermann. “And it just a great way to get out and try it to see if you like it.”
Residents can also take advantage of the island’s first “learn to sail” course, to be offered May 3, 10, 17, and 24 by Charleston Community Sailing (CCS). The 12 hour program, taught by U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors, will be held from 10 am to 1 pm each of the four days.
“With our survey, we had a pretty good interest in sailing,” said Hermann. “The wind on the Wando is perfect pretty much every day!”
Participants will learn the basics of sailing, including rigging and de-rigging, parts of the boat, safety, self recovery methods, tacking, jibbing, dealing with weather conditions, and docking the boat. They will also have an opportunity to sail independently. Adults and youth (ages 8-13) are welcome. Pre-registration and payment ($250) is required.
“In a city surrounded by water, the best way to enjoy it is to be on it!” said Jessica Koenig, executive director of CCS, a program that provides sailing instruction to some 700 adults and youths in the Charleston region each year. “You learn how to sail, but you’re also learning life lessons, building self confidence, and conquering fears that you may have. We see that with kids, but it also stands true for adults…Sailing is one of only a few sports you can do from age eight to 80!
For more information on kayak or SUP rentals, as well as the upcoming sailing classes, call the POA office at (843) 971-9200 or visit

POA Kayak & SUP Rental Prices
Terms and Conditions
• Participants must be 18 or older to rent a watercraft. Children must be a minimum of 35 lbs or 3 years of age to participate. An adult must accompany children under 18 on the same watercraft. Maximum of 1 child per adult.
• No watercraft is authorized to leave the island, but can be launched anywhere on the island.
• All rentals include water craft, PFD and paddle. All rented equipment must be returned at the same time.
• Rented equipment must be rinsed after use at the boat landing before being stored away.
• 4 hour rentals must be rented M-F by 12:30 pm and returned before 5 pm the same day.
• Weekend rentals must be picked up on Friday before 5 pm and returned the following Monday morning by 12 pm noon or you will be charged an additional 24 hour rental fee.
• If any rented equipment is damaged, lost, or stolen, the renter will be charged full replacement or repair costs at retail prices. Daniel Island POA reserves the right to charge an additional ½ day or full day fee for each water craft that is returned later than their expected return time.
• We will write down and hold credit card information as a deposit. Your credit card will not be charged until after a post rental inventory is completed. At that time we will determine if the equipment is damaged or missing and notify you.
• Reservations can be made no more than 48 hours in advance.
Weekday Prices
Single Kayak:
• $25 up to 4 hours
• $35 up to 24 hours
Tandem Kayak:
• $35 up to 4 hours
• $45 up to 24 hours
Stand-up Paddleboard:
•  $35 up to 4 hours
• $45 up to 24 hours
Weekend Prices
Single Kayak:
• $100 Friday through Monday at 12 pm
Tandem Kayak:
• $125 Friday through Monday at 12 pm
Stand-up Paddleboard:
• $125 Friday through Monday at 12 pm
SUP Instruction:
• $45 for a 30 minute Stand-up Paddle Board instruction with a free 4 hour rental after completion
Source: Daniel Island Property Owners Association website -

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