They’re Old, Salty, Impatient, Smell, Don’t Take Questions, Barely Smile, Won’t Listen
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and served in the U.S. Navy aboard destroyer USS Bigelow. I then began a career with AT&T where I met my wife of 49 years who was a Long Distance Operator in the same building. Ruby is her name. You’ll find her on the boat as First Mate! We have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
I took up sailing and we eventually spent many summers sailing on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. In 1987 I acquired my 100 ton master Captain's License and began working for BB Riverboats on the Ohio River. We arrived in Fort Myers in 1994 and I have now been working with Adventures In Paradise for 14 years! This has been a great job. We have learned so much about the local history and the abundant wildlife. We especially enjoy the people who come aboard. We love to show them our beautiful estuary and the wonderful creatures who live here.
Growing up in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, I have always had a love for the water. Whether it be fishing on the Atlantic or sailing on the bay the mid Atlantic is beautiful country, but for me the winters were long and the summers way too short. After becoming a licensed captain my wife and I started spending our winters in the Florida Keys running dive boats, fishing and getting sunburnt in January. I WAS HOOKED!
We moved to Southwest Florida in 1996. This area is rich with sea life, wildlife, and such a fascinating history; I continue to learn something new every day. Being part of the team at AIP is a real pleasure. I meet people from all over the world and get to experience with them our slice of Paradise!
I've been a licensed captain and fishing guide for the past ten years, but have been fishing Sanibel and the surrounding waters my entire life. Lucky for me I was raised on Sanibel, so the backwaters have been like a backyard, and naturally took up fishing at a young age. The result was an early appreciation for the unique waters that surround Sanibel, which has continually developed through today. I hope to pass that appreciation on to both my kids and one on the way.
I cannot help but grin before, during and after trips because I truly feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing.
Born in Minnesota, “the land of ten thousand lakes”, we boated primarily on Lake Superior. My wife Candy and I moved to Florida fifteen years ago bringing our power boat by water from Lake Superior to Cape Coral. The journey took us through 84 locks in 28 days.
I have a 100 ton master license with commercial assistance towing issued by the United States Coast Guard. In addition, I have successfully completed all of the instructor certification, safety, and navigation courses offered by the United States Power Squadron (USPS) including celestial navigation. The USPS is an organization dedicated to provide Safe Boating Through Education and supports community activities related to safe boating.
At “Adventures In Paradise”, your choices are many. Backwater fishing, sealife encounters, shelling, dolphin watch, sunset cruises, as well as private charters, are some of the offerings. Come on aboard.
I was born in Ohio, but grew up on Fort Myers Beach, fishing and exploring the surrounding waters in my own boat since I was nine years old. I spent five years active in the Navy, including time in Vietnam, followed by nine years working for NASA during the Apollo program, before returning to Fort Myers Beach with my wife and two children. I received my 100-ton Coast Guard license in 1986 and have been delivering yachts and commercial boats over much of the world ever since.
I have operated dinner boats, casino boats, ferry boats, tug boats, dive boats and nature cruise boats in this area and the Florida Keys for many years, but I get the most enjoyment from cruises with Adventures in Paradise. As a Master Naturalist, certified by Florida State University, I enjoy showing and explaining our unique waterways to our visitors and guests, and look forward to sharing with you!
New to the team, but not new to the area! Captain Ric is the president of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce and in his 10 years there has overseen various changes to help improve an already well-respected and well-run Chamber of Commerce. Prior to starting in the Chamber business Ric was founder and president of Performance Training Systems an international sales and management training organization.
He also previously worked for the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi Company and Bayside Yacht Charters.
Ric and his wife Alicia, a teacher at the Sanibel School have lived in Florida since 1986. They have two children, Lindsay, a Registered
Nurse and Eric who works for the IRS.
They’re Team Players, Energetic, Fun, Positive, Smart, Responsible, Compassionate And Inspiring…The Waters Of Sanibel Are Their Office. They Love Their Job SO Much They Would Almost Do It For Free…Almost.
I've lived by an ocean since I was a kid, first on the Pacific then on the Atlantic. Some of my fondest memories have been made on the beach or on the water. So as I grew up, I always knew that I wanted to work somewhere where I could be around the water. After recently graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's in Marine Science with a concentration in Marine Biology, I decided to move to Florida. In the place where it's always summer, I joined the Adventure's team!
Now I'm spending everyday teaching people about the fun and exciting things surrounding the waters of Southwest Florida and enjoying all the happiness that has always come to me living by the sea. As I wake up each day, I wonder what kind of adventures paradise will have in store for me.
I am currently a graduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University studying Environmental Science. I specialize in aquatic ecology and most of my own research and fieldwork falls into that category. I love educating guests about the amazing wildlife and fascinating ecosystem here in Southwest Florida.
I spend most of my spare time traveling with my wife, doing research, or spending time outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc). I hope you come out on a cruise and fall in the love with Southwest Florida’s natural beauty, just as I have.
I moved to Florida with my husband, Capt. Harvey, 21 years ago and have boated extensively in these waters; learning about the area and its flora & fauna that we are so fortunate to enjoy. As Capt. Harvey introduces us to our guests, he tells them he has known me for 41 years, & with a slight hesitation, then says, “Oh, did I tell you that she is my wife?” We work well together as a team! We love being on the water sharing our passion and knowledge with many very interesting people hoping to make their time spent with us at AIP a most memorable experience.
Growing up in Minnesota my prior boating experience was on inland lakes and Lake Superior. In 2009 I obtained my 100 ton master USCG license.
Ever wonder whose on the other line? On the other side of that email? Well here they are! Happy to help plan your fun-filled adventure in paradise. Paid entirely with free cruises.
I am currently a student at Florida Gulf Coast University earning a degree in English. I am a Floridian, originally from Ormond Beach, FL. I moved to the Fort Myers/Sanibel area about a year and a half ago and have been in paradise ever since. I love spending my free time shelling, shopping, and spending time with my family. You can catch me at Adventures in Paradise Outfitters for all your retail and reservation needs. I love being able to meet and chat with all of the travelers that come to Sanibel Island.
Hi, my name is Parks and I enjoy being awesome. I like to drink milk, eat bananas and enjoy stroller rides. I work diligently at the Adventures In Paradise Outfitters store making sure that each and every team member is as productive as they can be. My standards may be high but my process is watertight, therefore my results are second to none. You can often find me by following the long trail of drool.
Well hey there. I am a graduated student from Florida Gulf Coast University and I grew up in the Fort Myers and Sanibel areas. I too enjoy long walks on the beach in search of the many shells, but I often find myself hunkering down in one spot and surprising myself at all of the unique seashells that I would have otherwise overlooked. On a sunny day, you can typically find me checking guests in at the boat. On a rainy day, I can be found at the AIP Outfitters retail store taking reservations. I really enjoy the interaction with our guests and love helping find the best adventure for you and the whole family.