Cole was born in Augusta, GA in 1988. As a kid, Cole, was very active; he loved playing basketball, baseball, guitar and the frequent trips to the lake. Cole graduated Greenbrier High School in 2007. He decided that his roots to his hometown were too deep to leave for college and enrolled into Augusta State University where he met his now wife, Ashley. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelors in Business Management.
Cole was assigned a particular project his junior year of college. The project asked the undergrads to build a business from the ground up, that would survive in today’s economy. Cole decided to pick a topic that not only entertained people, but also involved something he loved. Thus, the Cole Watkins Kayak Tours business plan was born. Cole always felt the people of Augusta never took full advantage of the beautiful river sitting in our backyard. After receiving an “A” on the project and encouragement from his professors, Cole opened CWT on May 26, 2011.
CWT offers two options; Rentals & Guided Tours. CWT offers many routes along the Savannah river ranging from Lake Thurmond to Lake Olmested. CWT does most of their business at Betty’s Branch which is located at Riverside Park in Evans. The business is ran on the weekend year around and tailored to the customer’s wants and demands. No matter your age or experience, Cole is the guide for you. Many adults and children all get their start, kayaking with Cole!
It is better to give than to receive! CWT is a firm believer in supporting local charities and fundraisers. Gift cards for tours and rentals have been donated to many charities and non-profit such as: Helping Hands, the Molini Foundation, Kickin’ for a Kidney, I’m Aware, Roast on the River, Recycling Perks, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, The CSRA Boys & Girls Club’s Burger Battle and others! We like to encourage everyone to check out these great charities!