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Owners Tony and Allysa were born and raised in the small town of Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Together they completed high school and moved onto college to pursue their degrees at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Following graduation they packed up and moved to the beautiful Florida Keys.
After working in the industry for many years, Tony pitched the idea to start up their own business. In 2016, their vision became a reality and Forever Young Charter Company (FYCC) was born.
FYCC is an owner-operated business that is dedicated to your safety, comfort, and personalized needs. Our team is a small group of family and friends, who work together with integrity to share our passion for the work we do. Our mission is to enhance the way people dive, spearfish, and experience the Florida Keys. With a vision to build an appreciation and respect for the places our charters bring you. From spearfishing to sunsets, let us show you what the Florida Keys has to offer. If you would like to book a charter or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Capt. Tony Young | Owner
Tony was born and raised in Minnesota, where he first dove at the age of 12. Growing up on the water, he has now found his home in the Florida Keys. During college he studied and graduated with a degree in Environment and Sustainability. He has spend time working at the Georgia Aquarium, Coral Restoration Foundation, and diving operations around the Florida Keys and Minnesota. He is a PADI Dive Instructor, EFR Instructor, and a USCG licensed captain. He is also one of the kindest and most patient people you will ever meet. Tony is now living the dream of owning and operating Forever Young Charter Company.
Allyssa Lund | Co-Owner
Allysa is originally from Minnesota and has now found her home in the Florida Keys. During college she studied Elementary and Special Education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Allysa now lives in Key Largo, where she works as an elementary/middle schoolteacher at the Key Largo School. This position involves working with the special needs children and is very rewarding for her. Allysa also coaches the schools volleyball team and is very active volunteering within the community. When not teaching, you will find her enjoying sunsets with guest or on the boat spearfishing with the guys. Allysa loves everything FYCC stands for and helps run the business by overseeing the daily operations.
Capt. Jeff Leonia | Captain
Jeff currently resides in Islamorada Florida, where he and his family spent every summer and holiday growing up. Originally from Naples Florida, Jeff has always been able to see, smell, and taste the salty Gulf of Mexico waters. At the age of nine, he went on his first open water dive and instantly fell in love. With determination to grow in the diving industry, Jeff completed his PADI Divemaster certification at the age of 18. After high school he went on to become a Firefighter and EMT, to pursue the business of saving lives. Jeff is also qualified as a PADI Dive Instructor, EFR Instructor, and a USCG licensed captain. Jeff would love nothing more then to live and breathe everything the open ocean has to offer. Currently you will find him at the helm of our vessel or underwater showing our guests the time of their lives.
“For me being on and around the ocean is not just an activity, but a way of life.”
Forever Young Charter Company operates on a custom build center-consol from Mako Marine. Designed to offer you comfort, safety, speed, and workability.
“Its Complicated” is equipped with twin 4-stroke Suzuki 250 engines, allowing a quiet cruising speed of 40mph. Her stern has a large fix box with seating on top; custom upholstery wraps the gunnels and there is ample seating around the bow.
Other comforts include a premium JL audio sound system, new Garmin electronics, underwater lights, dry space for storage, padded cushions, large t-top for shade, custom dive rack for tanks, and a swim platform with latter.
This vessel is in full compliance with all USCG UPV regulations and documented requirements. Vessel also holds USCG Auxiliary Inspection rating and NOAA Blue Star Operator rating. Also aboard is a DAN extended range oxygen kit and DAN Coast Guard rated marine medical first aid kit.