Ocean City’s DAKS Kayaks Offers Relaxation in Nature

first_imgDAKS Kayaks and Paddleboards in Ocean City offers sunset tours, which people seem to love. (Courtesy Alene Hartman) By Maddy VitaleAlene Hartman and her husband Dave used to rent kayaks, then they bought a few to go out and enjoy their love of the water.When the opportunity arose to open a store that sells kayaks and paddleboards, the two jumped at the notion.That was six years ago, and at that time they opened DAKS Kayaks & Paddleboards at 1101 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City.Since then, the Ocean City couple made their venture a family affair. Their daughters, Caroline, 25, and Allison, 27, who are also water bugs, help out every summer.DAKS features everything a watersport enthusiast, whether novice or expert, would want when they head to the ocean or bay. There are plenty of top-of-the-line paddleboards, kayaks, oars and other necessities to navigate the channels. The business also sells a wide selection of beach essentials, from summer attire to flip flops, life vests and other gear and accessories.Co-owner of the family-owned business, Alene Hartman, speaks with William McCullough, of Abington, Pa., about sunset tours.Aside from the warm welcome when entering DAKS and quality merchandise that fills the shelves, knowledgeable staff members are on hand to schedule tours and answer questions people may have when thinking about hopping in a kayak or atop a paddleboard.Liz Kilcourse, 26, of Egg Harbor Township, has been a tour guide with DAKS for five years. The yoga instructor with AtlantiCare also takes customers out on paddleboard yoga adventures.“Everyone is afraid of paddleboarding at first, but it is easier than you think,” Kilcourse explained. “At first, people are very nervous and want to make sure everything is perfect. And in time, they are happy and paddling along.”Liz Kilcourse, 26, of Egg Harbor Township, has been a DAKS tour guide for five years.DAKS currently offers three types of guided tours throughout the summer through Labor Day and on weekends through the first week of October.Each tour is with skilled guides, who explain the sights and history of Ocean City’s waterways.The sunset tours offer a relaxing experience for people to watch the sunset over the bay, Hartman said.William McCullough and his son, Finn, 8, of Abington, Pa., stopped in to find out about the sunset tours and scheduled a tour.Hartman was quick to oblige. She explained the tours, and McCullough set up a trip.DAKS offers guided tours, including sunset and eco-tours. (Courtesy Alene Hartman)DAKS also offers eco-tours. Customers get to view the marshes and back bays surrounding Ocean City by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. The tours are led by trained naturalists who know the local ecosystem and wildlife.There is also the stand-up paddleboard yoga tour. Kilcourse takes front and center in that one as it is her specialty. People are treated to a scenic tour of the back bays of Ocean City, where they settle on a spot to find their ZEN.Through the years, staffers have met some really interesting customers, they said. People from age three to 80 have taken the tours. Hartman recalled one of her favorite stories about one in particular.“We had a woman who came with a friend for her birthday. She turned 80 and kayaking was on her bucket list,” Hartman said. “The two friends each went out in kayaks along with tour guides and had a great time.”Larger groups with as many as 35 people also book tours, Hartman said.Some of those groups take lengthy excursions. A recent group went from Brigantine to Galloway Township in a 13-mile paddle, Hartman said.Harrison Hepding and Adam King, both 2018 OCHS graduates of Upper Township, are DAKS employees (Courtesy Alene Hartman)“We deliver the kayaks,” Hartman said, adding most of the customers go out in the Ocean City area. “We are mobile. We will deliver kayaks to the beach and to the bay. We will make it as convenient as possible. We do the set-up. All you have to do is get on and paddle.”But most of the time, families are paddling around the bay for about an hour and a half, she explained.Something Hartman and Kilcourse stressed was that safety is paramount. On DAKS website www.dakskayaks.com there is a map of the waterways offering navigation tools and tips. People may also call the store for advice, Hartman said.“We suggest safe and scenic areas to go to,” Hartman said.Alene Hartman with tour guide, Liz Kilcourse, outside of DAKSKilcourse, and the other 16 employees at Daks, keep a close watch on the tide charts and the moon.“New and full moons mean high tides are a lot higher,” Kilcourse noted.But for anyone who is fearful, the team always carries a tow rope to bring someone in to safety.“She has pulled in men, children and women,” Hartman said.And people aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good paddle along the bay.Alene Hartman displays a dog life vest.“Dogs go out, too,” Hartman said, adding that DAKS sells life jackets for dogs.Hartman, a history teacher in the Egg Harbor Township School District, said just as the school year ends, DAKS gets busy, making it a perfect way to spend her summers with her family.The success of her business comes from the help of her family and staff, she said. “Everybody chips in,” Hartman said.And even the boss gets to spend time out on the water.She makes sure to go on the sunset tours.“It is such a beautiful time watching the sunset over the bay,” Hartman said. “There is nothing like it.”DAKS Kayaks is open weekdays and weekends through Labor Day and then weekends only through the first week of October. DAKS staff is available to do tours and rentals with a 24-hour notice, by calling or dropping into the store to make a reservation. A list of prices for all of the amenities are on the website at www.dakskayaks.com or call (609) 938-1185.last_img read more

Bacolod City bats for stricter fireworks rules

first_imgBACOLOD City – The local governmentunit of this city is set to confine the use of pyrotechnics during holidays byenforcing stricter regulation to lessen the risk of firework-related injuries. Familiaran also said that Pineda istasked to coordinate with the Permits and Licensing and Treasurer’s Office. Pineda for his part said the city has alreadydesignatedselling area for firecracker, which include the back of Pope JohnPaul Tower, Rizal Avenue and Reclamation Area. Familiaran said he issued MemorandumOrder No. 160 pursuant to City Ordinance No. 511 Series of 2009 and RepublicAct (RA) 7183. “We make sure that all correspondingpermits and licenses for the sale pyrotechnics are duly applied with paid forin the amount of P1,500 for the special permit,” he explained. According to Familiaran, thismemorandum mandates the police to conduct inspections to make suremanufacturers, retailers, and users of fireworks comply with all regulationsand laws, including RA 7183 or AnAct Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, and Use of Firecrackers and otherPyrotechnic Devices. “Pineda should coordinate with theBacolod City Police Office and Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the properimplementation and regulation of security and safety of the area,” he said. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Wednesdayenjoined Executive Assistant Ernesto Pineda, head of Task Force Paputok 2019,to coordinate with concerned agencies to strictly enforce laws and regulationson the sale, manufacture and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnicdevices. He added that village heads will betasked to identify their prescribed and designated areas for use offirecrackers and firework zone in their locality./PNlast_img read more

Changes Loom For Southeast Indiana Red Cross

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – The American Red Cross is restructuring its Southeast Indiana Chapter, which has served Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland counties for the past three years.The Red Cross Chapter is currently headquartered in Lawrenceburg and holds a satellite office in Osgood, and is part of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross.On November 1, Ripley and Switzerland counties will become part of the Indianapolis Region. Dearborn and Ohio Counties will continue as part of the Greater Cincinnati Region.The move is part of a national restructuring effort and does not change services provided to the region.“This will not change in any way the coverage of the American Red Cross in any of these counties. We will still be there to help families after fires, tornados, floods, etc. We will still help families find their loved ones in the military. We will still be there to teach classes such as First Aid, CPR, AED, Swimming, and Baby Sitting,” said John Ryle, Executive Director of the Southeastern Indiana Chapter.This chapter has responded to every call over the past three years. They have worked with local fire departments, Emergency Management Agencies and local governments to provide comprehensive coverage for citizens.“Although I will not continue to serve as Executive Director, I plan to volunteer as I did before becoming a part of the staff. This organization offers a service that no other can. We are a part of the community and plan to stay that way,” stated Ryle.The American Red Cross is funded solely by donations and those interested in volunteering can contact (513) 579-3000 or access further information here.last_img read more

Newcastle plan Emmanuel Dennis move

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Leeds, Everton battle for €40m Dennis Crystal Palace want Eze, Osayi-Samuel Leeds to rival Wolves for Emmanuel Dennis Newcastle have made a bid to sign Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis, according to Eurosport’s Manu Lonjon. After an impressive season so far with Brugge, in which he starred in their Champions League campaign – scoring twice against Real Madrid, Dennis has been linked with big moves away. Reports in France, as cited on Leicestershire Live, back in November claimed that Leicester City had held talks over a move to sign the player. Elsewhere this season, Dennis has scored five times in 11 league starts for the Belgian outfit. The final third is certainly one area of the squad that Steve Bruce must look to strengthen this month. A number of supporters were left furious with summer signing Joelinton after his performance in the FA Cup against Rochdale recently. Pressure has been mounting on the Brazilian striker, who has scored just one league goal since his move from Hoffenheim. Only Watford have scored fewer goals in the bottom half of the Premier League table this season and bringing in another forward to support Joelinton would further bolster the club’s chances of survival this season.Tags: Club BruggeEmmanuel DennisLeicestershireManu Lonjonlast_img read more