Our Credentials / Job Opportunities

Our Credentials / Job Opportunities

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Tarpon Bay Explorers operates in partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and 15% of all our sales benefit National Wildlife Refuges across the country. Tarpon Bay Explorers is committed to being a successful eco-tour company by providing excellent customer service and quality educational tours, rentals & merchandise all while furthering the goals of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We encourage superior stewardship of our unique natural environment.

Guide Certification

  • All naturalists have a biology or environmental science related degree or naturalist certification
  • All employees have taken at least one, if not more, Guests First Customer Service Training Programs to ensure top notch customer service
  • Includes guides who are Certified Interpretive Guides (CIG) by National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
  • All SUP guides have ACA Certification Level I
  • All captains are United States Coast Guard licensed
  • All guides and captains are CPR/First-Aid certified
  • Some guides are certified by American Canoe Association Coastal Kayak Instructor-Level II

Awards & Accolades

  • Received numerous “E Awards” & Honorable Mentions for Outstanding Hospitality Service from the Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Consistently received 4 ½ out of 5 stars on Trip Advisor


  • United States Coast Guard licensed & inspected pontoon boat
  • Tram drivers have a Commercial Drivers License Class C
  • Dolphin SMART participant since 2010
  • Authorized Special Activity License from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission to collect specimens for Aquarium Touch Tank

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