GRAYTON BEACH — Western Lake in Grayton Beach offers a unique phenomenon of a freshwater lake feeding into the Gulf of Mexico — a rare event that happens in fewer than 10 places in the entire world.

With such a unique eco-system at hand, Tyler King of Adventure30A wanted to offer just as unique an experience to explore the coastal dune lake, and he found that in a custom-built circular pontoon boat he dubbed the Squad Pod.

“The Squad Pod is a really cool and unique boat that we had brought down here to the Western Lake,” King said. “It was made overseas and it’s built to be very conversational with a table in the middle and a cooler fit in the table so everything is convenient. It has an electric trolling motor on the back, and it is the perfect little vessel to navigate these dune lakes we have.”

The Squad Pod can seat six people comfortably and comes complete with an orange umbrella to shade riders from the sun, life vests and an emergency flotation ring.

In addition to renting the Squad Pod, Adventure30A offers beach bonfires, paddleboard and kayak rentals, and guided eco-tours on the dune lakes and artificial reefs in Grayton Beach.

When asked what spurred him to start the company last year, King said after eight years of working in high-end hospitality in Atlanta and Las Vegas, he was ready for the slower pace of life in South Walton.

“I’ve been in hospitality for on and off my whole life,” said King. “I really wanted to figure out a way to come back home and to really create a good lifestyle and a lifestyle brand and have something where we could offer everybody who visits and lives down here something really cool with unique features.”

That is why, King said, besides offering tours and rentals, he wanted his company to give back to the community. Today, Adventure30A is on the forefront of a local outreach program called Gulf Therapy. The program offers free group paddleboard lessons twice a month that are open to anyone, even those without paddleboard experience.

“The idea behind Gulf Therapy is to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention by using the healing properties of nature and community,” King said. “It is to just get people out of their routines and get them out into nature. As Adventure30A evolves and grows, we want to find ways to get into the community and help with the environment and become a positive thing for the area.”

As for the Squad Pod, King said, they have only one vessel, but it has already created quite a stir on social media.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of feedback, and it has definitely created a lot of buzz.”