About the Captain
Charlie first visited the Crystal River area in 1970 to fish with his
grandparents. Again and again he was drawn back to the area and set a
course to live and work here. Charlie began his scuba diving career in
Crystal River and was certified in 1988. He spent time at a local dive
shop where he was hired to lead manatee snorkeling tours.
Those first manatee encounters led him on a mission to educate the public about the manatees and their fight for survival. In the process he developed a passion and love for the manatees that is evident to all his clients who disembark with a new appreciation for these wonderful, gentle marine mammals.
Over the years Captain Charlie, also known as "Waterdog" in our local waters, has taken hundreds of clients to meet the beloved manatees. His knowledge and enthusiasm is so infectious that people return year after year, bringing other family members and friends to meet the endangered Florida Manatee.
Charlie was awarded Dive Master certification by both NAUI and PADI in 1999. He also holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain's License. He earned his full cave diver certification in 2000. In addition to leading manatee snorkeling tours, Captain Charlie conducts trips in Kings Bay, Crystal River, and Rainbow River.
About Aquamarine Images
| In 2002 Aquamarine
Images owner Larry Campbell was looking for the right person to take over
his company, But he didn't have to go far, because he knew Capt. Charlie
Slider who was the number one Captain working for Birds Underwater,
another local company. He also knew how Capt. Charlie had a great respect
and love for the manatee. And believed that education and information
would be the best way to preserve and protect the manatees for the future
of humanity. Capt. Charlie has been snorkeling with the manatee for more
then 13 years.
After taken over Aquamarine Images in July 2002 and only making small changes to Aquamarine Images to better serve the customers, Capt. Charlie believes in treating his customers in a way that he would want to be treated when he is on vacation. So customer satisfaction is his first and only goal.
FROM KISSIMMEE /
Aqua Marine Images
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