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ST THOMAS — Enjoy the beauty of paradise and create memorable experiences with New Seasons WaterSports (NSW). This locally owned business on St. Thomas promotes fun, exciting watersport activities the entire family can enjoy. Clear kayaks, underwater scooters, snorkels, and other beach gear are available for rent with this “come where you are” business setup.

Owner Nathan Dowell always embodied an overstimulating passion and connection to life on the water. Born and raised on St. Thomas, this former music studio owner turned to business on the water during the global pandemic. “With COVID, everything came to a halt,” recalled Dowell. While talking with a family member who was heavily involved in the boating industry, Dowell decided to launch New Seasons WaterSports. “I’ve always liked working for myself, and this business gave me the opportunity to do so.” Since then, Dowell has been living, playing, and working in the crystal blue waters surrounding St. Thomas daily. On October 23, 2022, New Seasons WaterSports officially opened to the public, renting out clear kayaks, underwater scooters, and snorkel gear to residents and visitors and providing half- and full-day private boat charters for up to 10 guests.

A few things set New Seasons Water- Sports apart from similar rental companies on St. Thomas. First and foremost, they come to you! “We come to you wherever you are,” Dowell revealed. For snorkeling, he shared their preferences for certain beaches and knowledge of the best days to escape throngs of beachgoers, which result in a better overall experience for guests. Secondly, their employees are simply the best in the business. “It’s more than that individual’s skill set — their energy levels and overall vibe is what’s important.” More like a friend, New Seasons WaterSports guides are your local besties whose goal is to ensure each guest leaves with an unforgettable memory while sharing the best of St. Thomas food and culture with everyone. Finally, NSW Drone Photoshoots in their clear kayaks produce pictures that will have friends and family green with envy! Perfect for singles and couples, the photoshoot captures aerial shots of guests in the clear turquoise waters of the Virgin Islands, and they receive a combination of video and edited digital photos to keep! It’s a perfect way to add a hint of spice to your beach day or capture your trip in a unique way.

New Seasons WaterSports is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Their clear kayak drone photoshoots are offered several times a week from 10am to 4pm. To learn more about their services and to book, visit their website at or call them at 340.727.4388.

Written by Anquanette Gaspard