What Makes Us Unique
We don’t just focus on the lifestyles of the rich and famous on our tours. Thanks to our scuba diving experience and marine knowledge, we can intelligently share information about local terrestrial and marine wildlife. We limit our tours to 24 guests aboard our beautiful Kyalami to provide a more intimate cruise experience.
The Sexy Red Boat
Dive boat by day, tour boat by night, She’s the only boat in Jupiter painted like a dive flag! Our vessel the “Kyalami” which translates to “My Home” in Zulu, will make you feel like a pampered guest giving you the “at home” experience like no other.
The Kyalami is a 24 passenger (including crew), Coast Guard certified, 42ft Burpee with a Detroit Diesel engine, 9 Speaker Bluetooth compatible Sound System with Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Up to date First Aid Gear on board including two Oxygen bottles and AED (Defibrillator), and all of our boat captains are Coast Guard certified.
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Founders & Owners
Rick & Shari Ratliff
Rick and Shari have been married for 35 years. They are the proud parents of five girls, two boys, seven grandchildren, and a little Yorkie named Bridgette. Rick currently is the Executive Pastor at Mosaic Church in Oklahoma City.
Prior to Rick and Shari becoming the owners of Kyalami Charters Inc, Rick was a longtime customer of Capt SL8R and dove frequently on board the Kyalami. Rick is proud of being a worldwide diver, rock climber, ice climber and mountaineer. He is a conservationist and the Founder/Former CEO of US Security Inc. At peak sales US Security was the largest privately held electronic security company in the United States. In addition, Rick is a Managing Partner of Primo Properties and Managing Partner of SKR Properties.
Rick serves as a Board Member on several non profits including prison ministry and child rescue and placement ministry Suffer not the Children. He considers himself a Lover, Encourager, Motivator and Believer in people.
The Voice of Jupiter Water Tours
Joe Smith is a Florida native, born and raised in Tampa. And yes, that’s his real name… He is a 20 year Veteran of the US Army retiring back home to Florida in 2011. He has been living and working in the dive industry in West Palm Beach/Jupiter area for nearly two years and enjoys being part of the community.
Joe has a true appreciation for nature and the preservation of the beauty Jupiter, giving his time to beach cleanups and lending his talents to events like the Palm Beach Dive Association Fundraiser as the MC for the event.
In addition to being the voice of Jupiter Water Tours, Joe is also a dive master and PADI instructor.
Captain of the Sexy Red Boat
Captain Steve Medford
Captain Steve Medford was born and raised in West Texas and is of the US Navy, serving from 1982 to 1986 as an Aircrew Ordnanceman onboard the P-3 Orion Anti-Submarine Aircraft.
Having been raised as a kid on lakes and rivers with boats and water skiing as well as sailing adventures and regattas as a young adult, it was a natural progression to become Open Water certified. After certification he moved to St. Croix, USVI for a ‘working vacation’ at N2 the Blue Diving Adventures that lasted for 9 years. This ‘working vacation’ allowed him to earn his Captain license along with a sailing endorsement, his PADI Divemaster certification and met his Love Tamara.
After 9 years in paradise as a dive boat captain, sunset sailing adventures captain and a little commercial maritime work they decided it was time to come back to the mainland and get closer to family. Great timing made a great opportunity to join the Kyalami Charters family. They are extremely happy to be in Jupiter, Florida and are very proud to be a part of the Kyalami Charters family.
Jupiter tour guide
Janine Ferguson Chouiniere
As a West Palm Beach native, Janine began enjoying the beauty and thrill of the local waterways at a young age. She now works on the Kyalami as a dive guide and deck hand, and also has her captain's license. With her “native” knowledge of this area, she is a perfect fit as tour guide for Jupiter Water Tours. If not at work on the Sexy Red Boat, she will often get her water fix by kayak. She is especially fond of manatee sightings, gators, and river otters, and still gets excited by the magical view of the Jupiter Lighthouse.
Nature consultant & Blogger extraordinaire
Anne (pronounced AH-NA) moved to Florida after living in the U.S. Virgin Islands where she and her husband started and ran a small and personalized dive operation for over 12 years.
She was born and raised a dutch girl from Utrecht (the Netherlands), was certified in Curacao in ’98, did her advanced course in the Canary islands, followed by more than a bunch of diving in Europe and the Red Sea. It was there she developed a great passion for the ocean and it's wildlife. Anne loves to share her passions by inspiring and education through writing and videos.
Also a USCG licensed Captain and PADI Instructor, Anne is a perfect fit to the Jupiter Water Tour family. She is the anchor and cornerstone to Captain Steve and the Kyalami Team.