We’ve been back in the Keys for just about 2 weeks now. We’re still getting settled, doing some cleaning, and doing some de-cluttering on the boat. I’ve started working at my new job on the water, at Sea Monkeys. Things have been little slow, since it’s still a little early in the season and due to the weather, but I have done 3 jet ski tours so far.
Rather than sitting in the shop all day or sitting on my boat answering the phone and emails, I just pedal my bike down there and they push me off the dock. I don’t even need to do the briefing. I pretty much just show up to do the fun part of the job.
Next week the wind is finally supposed to die down a little bit. They’re already booking dive trips for most of the week, so if they get anyone looking to do snorkeling I’ll be running the other boat already. The main reef they go to for snorkeling is Cheeca Rocks, but the visibility hasn’t been the greatest.
Sunsets And Eco Tours
One of the other captains is going to take me on a dry run of the eco tour to show me the route. We haven’t made it out yet, because of the high winds. The shop is in a great location, though. As soon as you cruise over to the bayside you’re in an area with tons of small little cuts around the mangroves.
There’ are plenty of cool spots to explore back there. Even without knowing the route, I’m sure I’d have no problem making my own version of the tour.
Kayaks And Paddleboards
They also have a small fleet of kayaks and paddleboards here that they rent out. This season they’re going to start offering tours as well, since that’s what I used to do on the Turtle. There’s plenty of shallow protected water around here. Tea Table Key is just to the south and there are a few mangrove tunnels we can paddle through that are pretty close.
As if work isn’t horrible enough to begin with, I can also come down whenever I’m not working to play with any of the toys as long as they’re not booked. I just need to pay for any gas if it uses it. And I can get out for a dive if there’s an empty seat on the boat. I may only be working on a per trip basis, but I think they’re going to be seeing a lot more of me than they think.