Security is at the core of everything Blackwater Agency does. The company dispatches bodyguards to protect business executives and celebrities and to escort VIPs to and from destinations. Their security officers maintain order at locations such as malls, apartment complexes, and individual homes. To cast an even wider safety net, Blackwater Agency also hosts various classes led by self-defense experts and NRA-certified firearms instructors that instill the principles of general defense as well as courses that help participants meet the requirements for security officer certification.
The professional pilots at Timberview Helicopters ferry passengers high into the clouds aboard a sky-scraping whirlybird during flight tours through Destin, Kansas City, and Key West. Having chartered flights for National Geographic and the Travel Channel, these pilots expertly navigate planes toward sweeping, picturesque views, allowing sightseers to steal glances of Fort Walton Beach, downtown Kansas City, and Key West's ocean views from a perspective normally reserved for birds and astronauts with binoculars. Additionally, their high-definition videos grant guests a lasting commemoration of their in-flight experience. When they're not chartering tours, they teach budding pilots the gravity-defying tricks of their trade through pilot training and lug precious shipments from port to port with their cargo-lifting services.
Master Scuba diving trainer Captain Jerry Williams knows a bit about navigating open water?he's a US Coast Guard captain. He taps into his nautical experience at Keys Huka and Scuba, where he leads classes ranging from basic to master. During sessions, Captain Williams and his staff teach everything from the basics to specialties such as digital underwater photography that doesn't require an underwater darkroom. They also helm hookah dives, which are a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as snorkeling trips that explore wildlife and reefs.
The Coral Restoration Foundation takes an active approach to restoring coral reefs. Its teams grow and plant new coral clusters in reefs near the Florida Keys and in tropical water around Colombia and Bonaire. Since it started restoring reefs in 2003, the team has outplanted more than 10,000 corals in local reefs with an 80% survival rate. They focus on two varieties of threatened coral?staghorn and elkhorn?which then provide shelter for a variety of fish species and preserve a delicate ecosystem.
Through collaborations with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and other friends, the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys helps preserve, restore, and sustain the coral-reef ecosystem. Along with coastline-cleanup projects, its volunteers protect the coral reef through the mooring buoy program, and by teaching middle-school children how to remove invasive lionfish through the coral-reef classroom.