Florida's Trusted Boat and Kayak Tour Guide
Founded in 2007, Ripple Effect began with owner, Chris Kelley and two part-time guides as professional outfitters offering kayak tours in the St. Augustine and north Flagler County area in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR). From the beginning, Ripple Effect’s mission has been to provide a low impact, entertaining and educational ecotour experience, to increase public awareness of all that nature has to offer in the region and to provide environmental education which encourages personal safety and respect and sustainability for these natural areas.
In 2011, Ripple Effect moved their headquarters from what was essentially Chris’s truck to an office at the Town of Marineland Marina. There, Ripple Effect has grown to offer walking nature tours and jet boat tours in addition to the kayak trips and now employs full-time professional guides. As part of the GTM-NERR community, they have fostered partnerships with their Marineland neighbors including the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory, the Florida Master Naturalist Program, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Faver-Dykes State Park.