Born in Oxnard, California in 1957 Captain Jeff began his life on the ocean with a transpacific voyage aboard a US Navy Transport ship at 6 month's old. Since that early infatuation with Mother Ocean this sailor has never been more than a scent away from salt water. In 1992 he met a and fell in love with his beautiful wife, Trish and then as Captain Jeff states: "the real fun began". In 1995, on the day after Hurricane Opal struck their home on Pensacola Beach, FL. Jeff and Trish purchased a 37 foot CSY cutter and commissioned her the "Namaste". For the next 9 years these two teacher/adventurers sailed, snorkeled, kayaked their way south and finally dropped anchor in the Florida Keys. In 2004, after retiring from teaching, Jeff and Trish formed Namaste Excursions which soon became one of the more popular "Mom and Pop" charter companys in the Lower Florida Keys.
From 2004 to 2014 both Captain Jeff and Captain Trish continued to explore the waters throughout Florida and the Bahamas providing their guests with a high quality charter experience with a flair for ecological discovery. In 2015, Namaste Excursions purchased it's third boat and christened her the "Sherpa". With a shallow draft and ample size the Sherpa offers its guests the luxury of a big boat but the versatility of a canoe. Our trips are best suited for individuals or families who have a passion for exploration but still like the comfort of an easy day on the water.
When asked what makes you guys so special Captain Jeff casually answered: "We absolutly love our excursions and look forward to each new encounter with our beautiful Florida Keys. We are self admitted reef geeks and love sharing the wonder of this beautiful eco-system with everyone who shares our passion."
*Accumulated over 750 days at sea before 18th birthday * Professionally employed as a 100 ton schooner captain for 7 years * Professionally employed as a 100 ton fishing boat captain for 5 years * Owned and operated boats ranging from a 12 foot Jon boat to a 53 ft sailboat * Over 40 years experience with coastal navigation and piloting.