Kayak Amelia has been awarded the Platinum Level Certification from the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (FLSEE). This is the highest level of certification available from FLSEE and recognizes the depth of awareness and stewardship that Kayak Amelia delivers while conducting their business. FLSEE is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to maintaining a professional code of ecotourism ethics to encourage an awareness and stewardship of Florida's natural and cultural heritage. Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education."
The FLSEE certification process starts with a 340 question assesment of the outfitter's complete operation (environmental impacts, interpretation, conservation and environmental sustainability), followed by an anonymous visit by a SEE certification specialist. There are four levels of certification - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Kayak Amelia is the official Outfitter of Talbot Island state parks and has been offering guided tours and rentals in the Northeast Florida area for over 20 years. Jody and Ray Hetchka are the "Mom and Pop" of Kayak Amelia. "We could not be more pleased and honored to receive the SEE recognition." Ray stated, "We've built our business on the principles of respectful travel through the salt marsh, paddler safety, factual interpretation and fun! By sharing our love of this little corner of northeast Florida, we hope to encourage others to love and protect their own 'wild places'."
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