100 Ton Master Captain Traci Wood
Owner/Operator of the Homosassa Manatee Snorkeling Center, LLC.
I was born in my 28th year, coming home to where I had been only once before. I visited the manatees in March of 1999, had some interaction with the manatees, and afterwards, I was sobbing so hard, that speech was nearly impossible. Right then,I decided to move, and about 2 months Iater, I moved from Clarkston, Michigan, to Crystal River Florida, to begin my dream come true, to work with and around the manatees!
I remember exactly what it is like, to sit on the boat with anticipation and a little fear of finally seeing the manatees, up close and in person. I was certainly excited but also a bit apprehensive as well. The manatees are huge, and I, just like most of our customers, had the same reaction.
I have decided to use my experience, knowledge and passion to share this amazing experience with my customers and raising awareness about the manatees. Upon my arrival, I took some marine mammal classes, met several people in the field, got my Captain's License, and started out very small. I have moved several times, trying to find the right spot, and finally, 4 years ago, I have landed at our newest, and last location, at Homosassa Manatee Snorkeling Center, in Homosassa.
I certainly consider myself lucky to have found a career doing something I love every day and sharing it with people from all over the world gives me a feeling that I truly cannot describe.
During the past 21 years of providing amazing experiences for friends, families, school groups, educational groups, and people from "everywhere", we have expanded to 5 boats in our fleet.
All of our captains greatly enjoy what they do and consider it a privilege to be able to share what we love with all of you.