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.
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.
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.
Lifelong diver Captain Slate is very popular with an unusual demographic: fish. For more than 35 years, he's been cuddling with nurse sharks, petting moray eels, and feeding barracuda by holding bait in his teeth. These animals?who have been featured with him on many television programs, including Ripley's Believe It or Not?have grown so accustomed to people that they report in regularly for Captain Slate's Creature Feature excursion, a dive that allows groups to touch the tamer beasts instead of just sketching them in waterproof notebooks.
Captain Slate labels the Creature Feature as his favorite dive, but it must have been hard to choose from so many different sites. On any given day, he might take clients through coral kingdoms or the hull of a shipwreck, such as The Eagle. (Look out for the two goliath groupers that live there?they're the size of cars.) New divers can earn their flippers beforehand at one of many diver certification classes. And, if you meet someone special during a trip, Captain Slate can even conduct your underwater wedding.