Owner & Captain: JOsh Erickson
Captain Josh grew up boating and camping along the shores of the beautiful St. Croix River in western Wisconsin. As an adult, his ambition to explore the unknown brought him to the far reaches of East Asia and several islands throughout the Pacific Rim.
Sailing throughout the Pacific made him aware of how peoples actions can impact the environment and populations oceans away. It was because of his travels that he began to realize the need for environmental education and stewardship on a local level. He returned to the United States to continue his collegiate education, earning degrees in Environmental Science and Biology with specific focus on coastal ecosystems and oceanography. His passion for educating people about the environment and encouraging them to explore their natural surroundings is what inspired him to create Eco Endeavors.
In addition to Captain Josh’s collegiate education, He also holds a 100ton. USCG Master Captain License, is a trained Wilderness First Responder and Private Pilot. He has specialized in leading educational adventures throughout coastal Southwest Florida including: The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, The Ten Thousand Island National Wildlife Refuge, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Dry Tortugas National Park.
Eco Endeavors educational adventures offer both visitors and locals the opportunity to safely explore natural areas not normally accessed by the general public and also, the opportunity to learn more about the ecological aspects unique to each individual location.
I certainly love where life has brought me and I know the next adventure may not be far away. If you would like more information about any of the adventures found on this website please feel free to contact me. Thank you for visiting.
Regards and Happy Trails,
Capt. Josh Erickson
Capt. Nick is a local resident of south Florida and demonstrates his affection for the area every time he is on the water. Originally from Nebraska, Captain Nick made Naples, Florida his home shortly after his first visit. When not running trips for Eco Endeavors he is out SCUBA diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, hanging in his hammock or rescuing stranded boaters while working for SeaTow. He has vast experience leading educational charters throughout the 10,000 Islands and is quick to identify any wildlife you may encounter. Captain Nick is a true professional, holding a USCG Master Captain License, CPR and First Aid Certified.
Captain Chris "Soto" has years of experience cruising waters around the world. A graduate of the United States Navy "A" School, Capt. Soto is also a combat veteran. He served this country as an operations specialist and now enjoys spending his time cruising the beautiful waters of south Florida. Soto is quick to share his vast knowledge of our local area while navigating through our beautiful mangrove forests.
Sarah grew up navigating the shores of the St. Croix River in Western Wisconsin. She has had a love for being on the water from as early as she can remember. Growing up, when she wasn’t boating on the St. Croix, Sarah spent much of her time with family exploring the 10,000 Islands. Upon graduating from University Wisconsin-La Crosse, She spent a few years managing a Certified Clean Marina and exploring the waters of Australia and New Zealand. It wasn’t long until the 10,000 Islands of South Florida drew her back and she would become an official Florida resident and Captain. She is eager to share her passion for the environment and local wildlife as well as the beauty of Southwest Florida waters with others who come to enjoy and explore the area. Sarah holds a USCG Master’s Captains license and is also CPR and first aid certified.
Capt. Campbell joined the U.S. Coast Guard straight out of high school.
“Being around the water and the marine industry has always excited me.”
After his time in the Coast Guard, Capt. Campbell continued to follow his passion for exploration, sailing the North Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans. Completing those voyages solidified his plans to become a professional Captain. Now a resident of Florida, Capt. Campbell enjoys showing people the scenic beauty of Southwest Florida and ensuring they have a great time while on the water. He holds a USCG Master Captain license and is CPR and first aid certified. His friendly personality, sense of humor and can-do sprit makes him a great addition to the Eco Endeavors team.
Capt Dave grew up in Kentucky and has always enjoyed fishing, boating and water skiing. He spent most of his adult career as a banker, graduating from the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky school of banking. Dave eventually relocated to South Florida, starting a management placement company based in downtown Naples. He has a passion for photography, the outdoors, and most of all the ocean. He has lived in Florida for 37 years and has navigated the water's from Tampa Bay to Key West for all of them. Dave has spent the last 17 years living on the beautiful Isles of Capri and refurbishing his 37-foot sailboat. He enjoys taking guests out, showing them the beautiful waters, wildlife and ecosystem of the Naples, Marco Island, and the Ten Thousand Islands.
“It just never gets old seeing the smiles on the faces of the young as well as the older guest when a pod of dolphin play in our wake, or a stingray breaches the surface of the water, or a friendly sea turtle passes by. It is truly fun sharing these experiences with our guests.”
Capt. Dave holds a USCG Master Captain license and is CPR and First Aid certified.
1st Mate: Christine
Christine was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. She found her love for being on the water at a young age, spending every summer with her family on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. She has spent the last 9 years as a veterinarian technician. After moving to Naples, FL in 2015 she realized her love of the outdoors and decided the water is where she would prefer to spend her time. As first mate, she is working on logging sea time and planning to receive her captain’s license this spring. When not on the boat, she is out exploring the mangroves on her paddle board, catching sunset at the beach or enjoying the endless beauty and natural gifts of Southwest Florida.
We are looking for qualified people to fill the following positions:
Sales, Social Media & Marketing
1st Mate / Deckhand
We offer competitive pay and room for professional growth.
If you are interested in joining our team please fill out the form below. Thank you!