In his 17 years of kayaking all over the world, Dave Herpy, an ACA-certified kayaking instructor, has experienced numerous memorial encounters. This includes seeing alligators, bald eagles, and dolphins from his kayak. He has been instructing for 11 years. However, the greatest kayaking experience of his life took place just last month. During a family trip to Lake Murray in Chapin, South Carolina, in April 2017, Dave taught his six-year-old son, Jacob, how to paddle a kayak for the first time.
“It was a very heart-warming experience for me to be able to share my own passion for kayaking with our son, Jacob,” said Herpy. “It was especially touching to witness his strong connection to paddling, having his life jacket on every time we went outside asking if we could go kayaking again. He was immediately hooked on kayaking, just as I have been since my first experience 17 years ago.”
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