Whether you need crew for a day charter, or a multi day sailing trip, we have a list of pre-screened Key West captains here for your convenience, or you can provide your own. Choose a captain whose profile fits your needs! They offer fishing skills, sailing education, spear fishing expertise, underwater photography, and even e-foiling! ALL are fully trained on our vessels and USCG compliant.
Justin Garreaux was raised on the beaches of Charleston, SC where sailing, surfing and island hopping nurtured his passion for the ocean. Once he graduated with a computer science degree, he became a digital nomad and moved onto his sailboat with his 3 legged dog, Cooper. After a few years of exploring up and down the east coast, he set his sails for Key West in 2019. Since then, he has become incredibly familiar with the surrounding islands and reefs, snorkeling and spearfishing any chance he gets–it’s almost as if he’s been here his whole life. Justin obtained his USCG captains license so he could share these passions with others.
Sea or sky, Jules does it all. She first moved to Key West 10 years ago to earn her 100 ton captain’s license. She has owned and lived on her own sailboat while captaining different catamarans and then spent 6 years sailing the Carribbean. For her next challenge, Jules received her pilot’s license and became a skydiving instructor. Jules also offers e-foiling lessons if you want to add on to your charter booking!
Ryan (Ryzee) Gardiner was born in Key West and raised in Clearwater Beach. He grew up racing small sail boats before he made his return to Key West in 2015 to follow his passion for the wind and waves. Through the years he gained experience working on fast catamarans, sailing catamarans or various sizes, speed boats, and monohull sail boats to name a few. He currently possesses his 100-ton Master License with sailing and towing endorsement. When not working you can find Ryzee back on the water, spearfishing, wakeboarding, or hanging out at the sandbar.
Jamie flew to Key West 11 years ago in his floatplane and started working on the water flying aerial tours. Jamie enjoys instructing many different skills and sports including, floatplane flying, skydiving, and paragliding. Now he is a full time eFoil instructor at eFoil The Keys, spreading the joy and excitement of riding an electric powered foil board. Jamie can offer eFoil lessons as an addition to your charter. Jamie holds a USCG 100-ton Masters Captain’s license with sailing and towing endorsements. He enjoys spear fishing and kiteboarding on his off time.
Nathalie has sailed all of her life and has always had the passion to be a captain. Recently returning to Key West from sailing down the the Dominican Republic, she is ready captain again! She has a Bachelors in Journalism and Photography, a USCG 50 ton captain’s license with towing and sailing endorsements, and currently holds the International Underwater Spearfishing Assoc world record in the womens’ pole spear category. Nathalie is a talented underwater photographer, and her photography services can be added on to any charter upon request. Nathalie also offers e-foiling lessons if you would like to add it on to your trip!
Originally from California, Rob has been sailing the Florida Keys for the last 3 years and lives aboard his own vessel here in Key West. Rob spends nearly all of his time with his dog of 12 years. During his time in Key West, Rob has worked for several water sports companies in an effort to earn his 50 ton captain’s license with sail and towing endorsements. While finishing his college degree, he has built his own local business “Salty Paws” charters. Rob is packed full of local knowledge both on and off shore and loves to share the local hidden treasures with our charter guests.
John embarked on his maritime journey at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, fueling his passion for the sea. Relocating to Key West in 2017, he established himself as a skilled harbor pilot, holding a USCG Master’s Unlimited license allowing him to handle vessels of all sizes from yachts to 1000+ foot cruise ships. In his off-time, John enjoys golfing, fishing, kiteboarding, and snowboarding.
Born and raised in Connecticut he spent most of his summers growing up in and around the waters of New England. After moving to California at 19 his love for the water only grew. Becoming an avid surfer he could be found in and around the waters of Huntington Beach most mornings before going to work. In 2015 he became a dive instructor in Honduras and spent the next 5 years working on dive boats all around the world. In early 2020 he got his captains license and moved to Key West that summer where he began running charter boats on a full time basis. Captain Brian loves to travel and when not working is most likely looking for the next place to go diving or kitesurfing.
Born and raised in Ohio, Brian spent most of his life exploring the Great Lakes waterways as an Associated Yacht Club member, USCG licensed Captain and a charter business owner. When life circumstances allowed, he didn’t hesitate to leave the corporate world and turn his passion for boating into a lifestyle. He now lives on his sailboat in Key West and gets to share his love for the ocean with his guests as a private charter Captain.
Gregg is originally from Rochester, NY and escaped the snow 7 yrs ago to South Florida after 30 years in the Banking world. For the last 6 years he ran a charter business in Ft Lauderdale area and yacht delivery service from FL to NY. Now Gregg resides here in Key West enjoying his passion for boating and being on the water. Having local knowledge of the area is key to having a great time. Gregg would love to share the same experiences with you on your next charter.