What You'll Get
Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your tour time to ensure a timely departure.
Children are not exempt from participating, but parental discretion is advised.
Our front desk staff will
issue you a wet suit and direct you to an area to try it on. Your wet suit is worn over your swim clothes, and works best
if it fits skin tight. Snorkel gear will be provided on the boat. You're welcome to bring drinks, snacks and personal gear
with you. Anything you bring on the boat may get wet. We do not allow use of swim fins or flippers on manatee snorkel tours.
Once everyone has arrived and donned their wet suits, passengers will be called inside the shop for a short orientation.
This includes a briefing provided by the crew and a short, required video supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Emergency life jackets are always on the boat, and swim "noodles" are long flotation devices supplied to
each swimmer during the tour. We realize snorkeling is a new experience to many and we are used to working with snorkelers
of any skill level. If desired, snorkelers can be supplied with a life jacket before departure. All children under 6 years
of age will be provided a mandatory life jacket for the duration of the tour.
Once everyone is aboard, the
certified captain will go over required safety information and formal introductions. Every boat will have an in-water swim
guide and photographer equipped with a high resolution waterproof camera. Pictures are sold as a no-obligation package at
the end of the tour. All guests are welcome to view the images before purchasing.
The guide will address
snorkeling techniques, hand out equipment, and discuss procedure and proper behavior. Once the boat has arrived and anchored
at its location, swimmers will be instructed to finish donning their equipment and proceed into the water. Once everyone is
comfortable and quiet, they will begin looking for and/or viewing manatee. Follow your guide's directions for the best experience!
After the swim, snorkelers will return to the boat. Some days, snorkelers may be required to get on and off the boat many
different times. Our captains and guides will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. Research
and realistic expectations are a huge contribution to the quality of your tour!
Our goal is to provide our guests
with a memorable experience and spread a message of conservation. We promote passive observation and use an educational approach
inline with local regulations and expectations. Swimming with the Florida manatee is a wonderful privilege that we take very
seriously, if you are looking for a company that will take good care of you AND the manatees - you're in the right place!