Cocoa Kayak Rentals of Hershey

Gentle Creek Kayaking

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About Us

The owner-operator, Ben Miller, has more than thirty years outdoor experience, and guided on the Susquehanna River. Ben has always enjoyed outdoor activities. He started with Boy Scouts when he was 6 years old and soon after added lifeguarding and fitness instruction to his skill set. Ben competes in 5K, triathlon, and numerous cross sport challenge races. Ben has years of whitewater rafting experience and safety training and is the Vice President of the Swatara Watershed AssociationSwatara Watershed Association the caretaker of the Swatara Creek.

Co-owner, Debra Miller, PhD, a nutrition scientist and researcher, is also a recreational enthusiast. Debra studied the health benefits of cocoa and chocolate for over a decade. She works as the Senior Vice President of Science & Regulatory Affairs for the National Confectioners Association. Cocoa Kayak Rentals combines two passions. Debra competes in 5K and half-marathon races, plus the area’s first ever “runyak,” a combination 5K and kayak race. Over the last four years, Debra has spent most spring and summer weekends kayaking and guiding groups on the Susquehanna, Patuxent, and Swatara. Debra is also a Board Member for the Central Pennsylvania Red Cross.

Ben and Debra have adult two children (Ellie (26) & Riley (21)) who are both avid kayakers and guides. Ellie, whose professional name is Ellie Paisley, is an artist. Ellie is “live painter” and has her own line of merchandise.  Ellie photographed most of the slide show on our website. Check out her art page here.  She lives in CO with her husband, Aaron Brooks.

Riley is a vital part of the crew, who you may meet as part of the Cocoa Kayak staff.  Riley attends Red Rocks University in Colorado.  His experience and insight have helped Cocoa Kayaks grow in its first three seasons. Riley has several certifications in water safety making him a popular guide for any size group.


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