Bobby Moyer spent his youth hiking and playing around Falls Township Community Park.
When it came time for Moyer, a Bristol Borough Middle School science teacher, to turn his passion for kayaking and water safety into a summertime livelihood, setting up at the park near his childhood home made sense.
Moyer, along with his business partner Patrick Mulhern, recently kicked off Driftwood Water Adventures’ fourth season of kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals and instruction at Falls Township Community Park.
“My passion has always been taking people out in the water and teaching water safety,” Moyer said. “We do provide on the water and off the water lessons and with each rental you get a free lesson.”
Basic instruction techniques include how to stand up, how to hold the paddle, what type of paddle to use and what to do if you fall in the water. Moyer said he and other instructors put would-be paddle boarders on their knees in the water. Life vests are always worn as an added precaution.
“Ninety-five percent of people pop up and are able to do it,” he said. “Most people come apprehensive about it and once they get out there they see it’s much easier and fun. It’s a lot easier than it looks.”
Perhaps with the exception of the fitness component. Driftwood Water Adventures offers Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga, as well as Paddle Fit Classes. Kristin Ritter of Hatboro-based Nourishing Storm leads the yoga classes. Moyer said he can lead the Paddle Fit class if he has to, but would rather the two certified Paddle Fit instructors guide the classes. He describes Paddle Fit as a combination of cross fit and paddle boarding.
“I can do 30 pushups on land, but on the board it’s much more difficult,” he said. “We actually do burpees on the paddleboard. It makes for a challenging, but fun workout. It’s challenging even for the best paddler.”
Man’s best four-legged friends are also put to the challenge in Driftwood’s Paws on Board program, which teaches people to paddle on board with their dogs. A portion of the rental fees are donated to the SPCA. Moyer said $500 was raised and donated during the 2015 season.
In addition to fun water recreational activities, Driftwood Water Adventures is wading into team-building activities with the lake at Falls Township Community Park as a backdrop. So far, sports teams and businesses have taken the plunge.
“It’s fun to get that many people out in the water,” he said. “It promotes growing as a company.”
Watching the guy from your shared cubicle try to balance on a paddleboard provides new perspective and bonding opportunities, he said.
In all, Moyer said Driftwood Water Adventures typically serves several thousand customers during its summer seasons, which run through Labor Day weekend.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Moyer said. “We hope the weather’s great.”
To learn more
Driftwood Water Adventures is located at Falls Township Community Park, 9021 Millcreek Road, Levittown. Paddleboard, kayak and canoe rentals are available Fridays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. A variety of fitness classes are also available. To learn more or to reserve a rental (recommended for groups of four or more), call 267-994-1319 or visit www.driftwoodwateradventures.com.