Kayaking Canoeing Vallejo
Organized by: Steve Souza
I am a 5th generation Vallejoan, and am trying to save my city in one unique way - offering activities to bring the city back to the vibrant city that I grew up in.
Vallejo went bankrupt in 2008. This was caused mainly because of Mare Island Navel Shipyard being dissolved by the Federal government. The channel of water that separates the island from the city has a lot of potential for civilian use now. I have been showing people how by offering free kayaking and canoeing since January 2014. I invite lifeguards and EMT's for safety , as well as hired a professional kayak trainer. I bought used kayaks and canoes to loan out to anyone who would go for a paddle every week since January. This has grown to a few hundred people kayaking and canoeing in Vallejo. I would like someone to step in to start a business renting kayaks and canoes and offering lessons and trips. I feel that this is only possible if I up the anti a bit by growing this activity more, therefore making it a viable business for someone. I need to finally pay the kayak and canoe trainer more than $10 a day, plus market the activity more through some advertising.
I am a semi-retired self employed person and like to volunteer. I do not want start or own another business. I just want to see Vallejo and my fellow Vallejoans make it. Vallejo and its citizens mean a lot to me.