Welcome aboard Forever Young Charter Company, your premiere destination for spearfishing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling charters, and more in the heart of the Florida Keys. Our team in Islamorada, FL is composed of the most skilled and passionate individuals in the industry, eager to share their love for the marine world and lead you on an unforgettable charter trip. Every one of our captains and guides are licensed and highly trained, providing you with a safe, professional, and ultimately, the most exciting sea adventure in Florida.
Tony Young, Owner and Captain
Tony Young is not just the owner but also the hands-on operator of Forever Young Charter Company. He's a marine conservation enthusiast, certified technical diver, licensed captain, and an experienced spearfishing guide. Armed with a degree in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Minnesota, focusing on coral reef ecology, he ensures our charters promote sustainable spearfishing practices.
Tony's journey in marine preservation has led him to the Georgia Aquarium and the Coral Restoration Foundation, besides numerous other dive companies throughout the United States.
Allysa Lund, First Mate
Meet Allysa Lund, an integral part of our crew, who's just as passionate about marine life as she is about molding young minds. Allysa, originally from Minnesota, found her calling in the tranquil waters of the Florida Keys.
She works at the Key Largo school as an elementary/middle school teacher, specifically aiding children with special needs. Her passion for the marine environment is contagious and she brings her love for marine conservation on every charter trip we embark on.
David Wilkerson, Captain
David is a born and raised Georgia boy, spending his childhood in the woods hunting and on the
water fishing. His passion for the ocean brought him to the Florida Keys well over a decade ago.
David is a decorated captain, running some of the largest Yachts and sportfish boats around the
Bahamas and South Florida. He holds multiple dive certifications, including his instructor rating
and technical diving certifications. When it comes to fishing, David is the go to captain for
anything offshore or in the shallow waters of the Florida Keys backcountry. David's knowledge,
experience, and southern hospitality will make you feel at home when he is behind the helm!
Jeff Tharp, Captain
Captain Jeff Tharp graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology. His degree focused on adventure education which lead Jeff to teach a variety of outdoor skills from backpacking, rock climbing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. His passion for teaching continued as he achieved the PADI Master Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer dive ratings. Jeff is also a licensed USCG master captain.
Jardin Macdonald, Captain
Jardin grew up down under in Gold Coast, Australia. From a young age he was an avid surfer and worked as a Surf Lifesaver before traveling to the United States. In 2007 Jardin took a pit stop in chicago, where his love for diving started in the freezing cold lakes and queries. In 2009 he moved to the Florida Keys to pursue a career in the dive industry. Jardin is a passionate spearfisherman and diver, his dedication and experience to the industry far exceeds what we can fit into a short bio. He holds numerous ratings including his USCG captains license, PADI elite master instructor, PADI freedive instructor, EFR instructor, and licensed rebreather diver.
Luke Rankin, Spearfishing Guide
Luke Rankin, our spearfishing guide, grew up in Delaware, where his love for water led him to a career in diving and a life in the stunning Florida Keys. As a licensed USCG master captain, PADI Dive Instructor, and Emergency First Response Instructor, Luke's knowledge and dedication enhance our charter trips, whether it's a sunset cruise in Islamorada or a lionfish hunting expedition in the Florida Keys.
Billy Moscatello, Spearfishing Guide
Billy Moscatello was quite literally born on the water, with his first steps on his father's Hatteras "Iron Will." Raised in Florida, Billy's deep passion for fishing and diving makes him an exceptional spearfishing guide.
While he is currently studying business at the University of Tampa, he ensures his youthful energy and love for the marine world is felt on every charter trip.
Common FAQs About Our Team
Who Is the Owner of Forever Young Charter Company?
The owner and operator of Forever Young Charter Company is Captain Tony Young.
What Background Does Captain Tony Young Have?
Captain Tony Young graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environment and Sustainability, focusing on coral reef ecology. He has worked in various capacities with marine organizations and is a professional spearfishing guide, TDI certified technical diver, PADI certified elite dive instructor, FII certified free diver, USCG licensed captain, and an EFR instructor.
How Experienced Is the Team at Forever Young Charter Company?
The team at Forever Young Charter Company is composed of highly skilled and experienced professionals in the field of marine adventure and conservation.
What Certifications Do the Team Members Hold?
The team members hold various certifications relevant to their roles. These include TDI certified technical diver, PADI certified elite dive instructor, FII certified freediver, USCG licensed captain, and EFR instructor.
How Does the Team Ensure a High-Quality Experience?
The Forever Young Charter Company team ensures a high-quality experience by providing professional, passionate, and knowledgeable service. Their commitment to safety, education, and sustainability ensures each charter trip is memorable and fulfilling.
Whether it's a relaxing sunset cruise, a thrilling spearfishing adventure, or a deep dive into the magnificent coral reefs of Islamorada, FL, the Forever Young Charter Company team is ready to guide you. With our diverse team of highly skilled and passionate professionals, each trip is designed to exceed your expectations, immersing you in the breathtaking marine environment of the Florida Keys.
Every member of our team is dedicated to ensuring that your experience is safe, educational, and filled with moments that you'll cherish forever. Whether you're a seasoned diver, a keen spearfisher, or just embarking on your journey to discover the underwater world, our crew, from the captains to the guides, will offer you their unwavering support and guidance.
A Journey into the Heart of the Florida Keys
The team at Forever Young is more than just a crew; we are a family united by our love for the sea. We bring our unique strengths and shared passion to provide you with an unforgettable charter experience. Whether it's helping you master your spearfishing skills or guiding you through the mesmerizing coral reefs, we pour our hearts into every charter trip.
As we take you on these spectacular journeys, we also maintain our commitment to promoting sustainable practices. Our dedication to marine conservation is unwavering, ensuring that our trips are not just adventurous but also respectful of the marine ecosystem.
Forever Young: Beyond Just a Charter Trip
Our charters offer more than just trips - they are immersive experiences that allow you to explore and appreciate the diverse marine life in the Florida Keys. With our team's combined expertise and infectious passion for the sea, we aspire to inspire, educate, and provide you an exceptional experience, whether it's your first trip with us or one of many.
Ready to Dive into Adventure?
Are you excited to start your marine adventure with the best charter team in Islamorada, FL? We invite you to dive into the spectacular world of the Florida Keys with Forever Young. Whether it's lionfish hunting, sunset cruising, or exploring the breathtaking underwater realm, we are eager to share the magic of our oceans with you.
Give us a call at 1-305-680-8879 to book your next charter trip. Let's create unforgettable memories together in the beautiful waters of Florida. Discover with us the splendor hidden beneath the waves; the adventure awaits.
This was the best charter my wife and I have ever taken. Luke and Dave were terrific. I highly recommend Forever Young. Whether you are a beginner or experienced they will make you feel welcomed and create an experience that you won’t forget. I dove two days before our charter and developed fluid in my middle ear. I called them and talked to Luke and they were fully prepared to turn our spearfishing trip into a fishing trip should I not be able to equalize on the first dive. They had the poles, chum, gear and bait ready. Fortunately I had no problem with my ear and we got all our dives in. The water was murky from a heat related algae bloom but I still managed to get a nice hogfish and a couple lion fish and my wife was thrilled to get three lion fish in her first spearfishing attempt. The guys were great, flexible, professional and friendly. It was an excellent day and a memory that we will always have. We will be back.
We had a fantastic experience lobstering with Captain Tony. He had great communication and was super professional. We will not hesitate to book another trip with him.
Can't say enough great things about Tony (owner) and Forever Young Charter. We did a half day, free dive spearfishing trip and Tony took us to some great spots, provided great instruction and is one heck of an easy guy to get along with. Along with the spearfishing instruction, he had a lot of facts about the Keys and surrounding areas as well as the wildlife. I highly recommend booking with Forever Young and they'll be my only choice when visiting the Keys.