O-Sea-D Aquatic Adventures guides paddlers through Gasparilla Sound, an 80,000-acre estuary teeming with more than 100 kinds of invertebrates, 200 fish species, and 150 shore and wading birds. Fifteen minutes before launch time, O-Sea-D's owner, operator, and master naturalist Vince Molnar outfits kayakers with gear, instruction, safety equipment, and swamp-thing repellent. During the 2.5- to 3-hour voyage, Vince shepherds the fleet under the canopied mangrove tunnels of the Woolverton Trail, about six miles of aquatic alleyways that slink through a tangle of exotic leaves and limbs. Vessels' hulls will brush against tendrils of turtle grass and glide past shoals of oysters and starfish, and their admirals may spy dolphins and manatees or even cradle seahorses in their palms. O-Sea-D Aquatic Adventures posts its scheduled tours on its online calendar, and Vince will also add dates to accommodate guests' schedules and desire to experience peak mud-storm hours.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Seashore Eco Tours holds the highest safety standards in the area. Safe ratios guaranteed for a personalized experience on the water. Seashore Eco Tours is a paddle-sports company with a certified staff in lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid.
What is the experience customers can expect?
Learn about nature while paddling in Florida's most pristine coastal environments. Florida master naturalist tour guides provide environmental education about marine life, birds, and coastal vegetation, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
One of Seashore Eco Tours' goals is to educate the public. As a touring company we are in a unique position to provide environmental awareness that can help protect wildlife and local waterways.
What do you love most about your job?
Watching people light up with joy from seeing a dolphin or manatee for the first time. Sharing precious moments with people and their families brings light to my day!
Paddleboarders and kayakers flock to Hooked on SUP's cabana, lounging by the pool before they paddle out into the Gulf of Mexico's waters. The staff includes kayak and paddleboard instructors, who teach newbies the finer details of understanding a dolphin's traffic signals. Aside from rentals and lessons, Hooked on SUP occasionally leads special eco tours.