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An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

Please understand that all guests and team members are required to wear a face covering while in the gift shop and on all of our tour boats. We ask that before entering the water, place your face covering in a safe place and then promptly don your dive mask and snorkel. A face covering is not required while swimming, of course. In addition, all guests and team members are temperature checked (no contact / touch free forehead infrared thermometer) before entering our facility, anyone with a temperature of 99 degrees or above will not be permitted on the tour and will be advised to SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION ASAP. By visiting Captain Mike’s Swimming With the Manatees you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Here are Captain Mike’s guidelines to help keep each other healthy:

Health Acknowledgement

Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Visit for information. By participating in a tour with Captain Mike’s Swimming With the Manatees, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, including:

– Fever or chills

– Cough

– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

– Fatigue

– Muscle or body aches

– Headache

– New loss of taste or smell

– Sore throat

– Congestion or runny nose

– Nausea or vomiting

– Diarrhea

In addition, you confirm you have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 10-day quarantine; and are not under any self-quarantine orders.

Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria must not participate in a tour with Captain Mike’s Swimming With the Manatees.

Customers are strongly advised to provide their own mask, snorkel and wet-suit.

Customers are required to be respectful of “Social Distancing” rules (6 foot distance) and of everyone space.

Customers have to understand that the staff / captains cannot IN ANY WAY assist them in and out of their wet-suit, in and out of the boat, or / and in and out of the water.

Once the tour has been completed the customers will place the masks and snorkels provided by the shop in a 5 gallon plastic pail (filled with water and 15 ounces of bleach and where they will soak for at least 20 minutes) on board our boats.

The customers will ensure that the wet-suits they were provided by the shop are turned right side out (by the customers) prior to placing them for sanitation purposes in a Rubber-Maid trash can placed onboard our boats where they will soak in a solution of water and OdoBan® for at least 20 minutes.

Customers will not be provided snacks, toasted bagels or hot cocoa / coffee until further notice. If they would like, customers may bring drinks and food with them.

Be aware that our boats are to be sprayed with a bleach solution at the end of every tour ended to ensure sanitation. All wet-suits are soaked with OdoBan® for at least 20 minutes, then thoroughly rinsed and dried to maintain sanitation after being worn by the guest. The gift shop is wiped with a bleach solution right before closing.

These precautions may change with newer developments.

If you need to reschedule your reservation, please call Captain Mike’s at 352-571-1888.

By participating in a tour with Captain Mike’s Swimming With the Manatees, you acknowledge that you understand and will abide by the above health-and-safety requirements.

If any customer refuses to be temperature checked or wear a face covering while in the shop and on the boat) they cannot go on the tour, and will not receive a refund. 

Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees boasts the best water adventure in Crystal River, Florida with lots of things to do for you and your family. For more information, contact us, or call us at (352) 571-1888.