Careers related to kayaks and paddling?
Posted by: mbkayak on Nov-04-12 9:21 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I wonder whether anyone has some creative ideas for careers related to kayaks and paddling. Of course there is the guide/instructor/retailer route, but just curious what else is out there.
For reference, my background is in environmental engineering, and I have spent quite a bit of time in the field, around 15 years, including time spent getting advanced degrees, etc. I am surely not the only person dreaming of merging my love for all things related to kayaking with making a living!
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Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Nov-04-12 9:37 PM (EST)
Sort of getting closer to your backgroun|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-04-12 9:42 PM (EST)
Scott Shipley, probably our finest |
Posted by: ezwater on Nov-04-12 10:12 PM (EST)
slalom kayaker, studied hydrodynamics and after his retirement, got at least some business designing ww courses and streamflow modifications.
Posted by: willi_h2o on Nov-04-12 11:54 PM (EST)
The catch with anything you're doing water related
Surf bum |
Posted by: seadart on Nov-05-12 12:59 AM (EST)
Posted by: MORiverPaddler on Nov-05-12 3:50 PM (EST)
Great gig if you can get it.
Had the same idea when I retired|
Posted by: wavespinner on Nov-05-12 3:57 PM (EST)
SUPs are Growing and Growing|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-05-12 3:58 PM (EST)
While canoes and kayaks have plateaued.
Posted by: johnysmoke on Nov-05-12 6:45 PM (EST)
Met some lucky sob's in Alaska who were kayak rangers...
Start a paddling website . . .|
Posted by: water_walker on Nov-05-12 7:34 PM (EST)
. . . that provides message boards, reviews, articles, ads, classifieds, and more.
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-06-12 12:13 AM (EST)
Unfortunately, in recent years these events seem to have struggled to cover costs. But they could probably do well if you came up with the right combination of draws, in the right location.
What the difference between a kayak.....|
Posted by: FrankNC on Nov-07-12 11:20 PM (EST)
instructor and a large pizza?
Thanks for all the great ideas! |
Posted by: mbkayak on Nov-09-12 2:44 PM (EST)
They are giving me something to chew on for a while or at least fantasize about...especially being a kayak ranger in Alaska. ;) Though it's also a good reality check about the difficulties in finding a stable, long-term career in the field.
Posted by: johnysmoke on Nov-09-12 6:01 PM (EST)
Posted by: krash on Nov-10-12 7:55 AM (EST)
What about cross country delivery person...
My if I won the lottery job.|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Nov-10-12 10:42 PM (EST)
would be to form a group of close friends to develop and prototype new kayaking and camping products. We could take an idea brainstorm and prototype it into a workable product. Of course this would mean a lot of time hanging out with my friends talking about boating, then even more time testing in all kinds of exotic locales and conditions. You know if it were fun and easy they wouldn't call it a job.