Hey! We are Scott Fawcett & Lana Cole. We created our stand up paddleboard business in 2018 when we first bought our first inflatable paddleboard. We partnered with Ruckify in Ottawa and began our journey as paddleboard landlords. Fast forward to 4 years later where we have now created a partnership with some of the most respected brands in the industry to sell their quality inflatable paddleboards, foldable kayaks, and equipment in the Ottawa Valley and surrounding area.
We are an adventurous couple who loves to be outdoors every chance we get. We have always been drawn to water which is why every home we have lived in together has had a view (although sometimes a distant view) of the Ottawa River. We enjoy getting out on the water as much as we can and are eager to explore the many waterways of the Valley. Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter for new places to paddle, paddleboard care, our new products, and lots of other exciting tidbits!
Scott has always had an entrepreneurial mind since he was young. The Ottawa native grew up in Osgoode where his family owned and operated a number of small businesses. Most of his summers were spent on the water; whether he was learning to kayak at Camp Mishewah, wakeboarding on the Rideau River, or at his grandparents trailer on Lake Dore. He’s been a lover of watersports and the outdoors all of his life, and always wanted to own a kayak. Living most of his adult life in apartments in the city, it didn’t make sense to get a full size boat.
In 2018, he was introduced to an inflatable paddleboard. He found one online, bought it immediately, and got out on it as often as he could. Around the same time, Ruckify had just launched their peer-to-peer rental platform. Scott knew the Ruckify team from previous work experience and was excited about their new platform. He posted the inflatable paddleboard for rent on the app and it was a hit! Today, he is passionate about safely introducing others to the amazing nature and experiences that can be found out on the water.
Lana also comes from an entrepreneurial family. Her parents owned and operated a small convenience store in cottage country, just outside of Haliburton, Ontario. She and her parents always loved being near the water and would vacation at their cottage on the Trent Severn Waterway. Many years were spent on boats and seadoos.
Although Lana spent most of her life on powerboats, she loves to chill out on a non-motorized boat on a summer afternoon. What she loves most about these man-powered boats is that she can explore the smaller creeks and bays that you otherwise wouldn’t access with a motor and deep hull.
Professionally, Lana comes from a graphic design and photography background. You may have seen her on Instagram as “Elcyphotos”. When the couple decided they wanted to start their own business together, she was so excited to get to work on creating a logo.
With Scott’s business and Lana’s design background, together they created Ottawa Valley Air Paddle. The couple loves to shop local and enjoys hanging out in the Ottawa Valley. They try their best to be outdoors as often as possible and enjoy exploring waterways. Stay tuned for some awesome photos and videos from their adventures - coming soon!