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Breakaway Excursions is a premier boat rental company with two convenient locations in Northeast Ohio. We cater to outdoor enthusiasts, families, and groups from Cleveland, Youngstown, and Akron. We started the business in 2016 and have been offering a variety of watercraft rentals, including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and small fishing boats.

At Breakaway Excursions, we take great pride in delivering top-tier services, ensuring that our rental kayaks are clean, comfortable, and easy to navigate. We believe in providing our customers with an unforgettable experience. When you choose Breakaway Excursions for your water adventures, you can trust that you are receiving nothing but the best in quality and service.


Our mission is to enhance people’s lives through recreation and improve our environment through education.  We do this by providing our clients with quality gear and empowering them with the skills necessary to be successful on the water. We believe their success will lead to a deeper connection to nature and a greater appreciation for the outdoors


Doug Hershman

I’ve been playing in the backwoods, rivers and lakes of Northeast Ohio my entire life. One of my earliest memories is picking up trash with my father in the Cleveland Metroparks.  As a professional I have shared my passion and love for the outdoors with hundreds of people. I love working with youth groups or businesses that are trying to improve morale and group cohesiveness.  And I love sharing kayaking, archery and team building activities with people who have never tried it. Please call me to discuss a customized outing to fit your group’s needs. 

This pictures shows Doug Hershman bailing water from a canoe.

Pam Holliday

Pam's love of the outdoors started as a young child, gardening with her dad and learning about plants-spending hours in greenhouses and nature. The only thing Pam loves more than being outside is sharing her love and passion for nature and fun with others. She is great when it comes to working with families and individuals especially those that are experiencing activities for the first time. Her real strength comes in her ability to organize outings for businesses and non-profit groups. Let Pam plan your next excursion, team building outing or group party.  

Pam is a natural entrepreneur and has owned a few businesses. She is an event planner by trade with over 20 years in the industry.

USA Archery Level 2 Instructor

Pam Holliday owner of Breakaway Excursions kayak rental
The Owners


Safe Paddling Practices

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At Breakaway Excursions, safety is our number one priority. We are promote and uphold safe paddling practices. Wearing a life jacket at all times and refraining from paddling under the influence of alcohol or drugs are must. 

For further insights and advice on safe paddling practices, we encourage you to explore the guidelines in the brochure titled  Practices, Ethics and Conduct (American Canoe Association, n.d., p2). Following these simple rules will ensure you and your family have a safe paddling experience.

Environmental Stewardship
20% Discount

People from Akron and Cleveland love clean water. We understand that our watersheds provide us with our most important and valuable resource; water. Packing out your own trash and debris is expected.  Unfortunately, this is not always enough to keep our waterways pure and pristine. An extra effort on everyone's part is needed and Breakaway Excursions is here to provide a little incentive.  If you pick up any trash along the shoreline or water, we will give you a 20% discount on your next individual kayak rental. 


"We believe we must go above and beyond what is expected if we want to make a difference."                                                                                      

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American Canoe Association. (n.d.), Practices, Ethics and Conduct.

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