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Turning the traditional boating tour on its head, Tampa Speed Boat Adventures encourages visitors to don the captain’s hat as they pilot their own sightseeing experiences. From a base in St. Petersburg, seasoned instructors teach tour takers the essentials of operating one of the company’s eco-friendly, 13-foot mini speedboats as they cover topics such as boating basics, rules of the water, and at what speed time begins to flow in reverse. Once participants are confident in their training and have donned their life jackets, they snuggle into their vessel and take off on a 15-mile tour of the waterways of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. One of the company’s quick-witted, knowledgeable guides joins boaters in an adjacent watercraft on the two-hour sojourn, broadcasting commentary about the area’s history through the boat’s radio-communication system. As speedboats wend past jaw-dropping sites such as national wildlife refuges and Fort De Soto Park, passengers can keep their eyes peeled for passing seabirds and the mansions that famous dolphins call home.