Our Crew

Full Family Owned Charter!

The Captain:

Erik Carvotta - The Captain for Salty Turtle Tours.

  He has a lifetime of boating experience and his passion for the water lead him to this journey of being a charter captain. The love for the water will show as he takes you out on your trip, and he will always give 100%+ effort to make sure you fully enjoy your experience on the water!

"Can't wait to meet you (and your family) to share these beautiful costal waters and experiences! Stay salty my friends."
Certified USCG OUPV

Certified SDI Scuba


The Crew:​

Jeweliy Carvotta - The First Mate!

  Born and raised in the Finger Lakes of NY. She has a love for water and has been on boats most of her life. Loves Fishing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, and EVERYTHING water related. She loved her time in fresh water but always had salt water in her veins. This has brought her to the Gulf Coast of Florida. With a passion for sea life and everything that entails, she fits in perfectly in here. When not on the water she spends her time at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium working with the sea turtle and aquatic biology department. With her vast experience she is a great first mate to take care of the boat and its passengers while sharing her knowledge of the local ecosystems and marine life.
Certified SDI Scuba

Heather Early - Crew Member

  Heather grew up in the creeks of western Pennsylvania chasing salamanders and crawfish. Heathers father, a plain air artist, taught her the beauty and importance of wildlife which contributed to her passion for conservation. Heather spent most of her life as a nurse, while still chasing her true calling in the form of education and hands on work. She has been a part of multiple docent programs working with animals from all walks of the wild. Heather eventually made a career change to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries focusing in Marine Ecology. Many will attest to the natural bond she shares with every critter she meets. Animals know a wildlife warrior when they see one!

Tony Joyce - Dive Master

  Tony started diving as a hobby in High School, but little did he know that many years later he would be diving for the Military all over the world. He attended Navy Dive School in the fall of 2002 and has been lucky enough to dive with great teams in many kinds of situations. After all of these great experiences, teaching is where he is truly happy. Certified as a PADI & SDI Scuba Instructor he spends much of his time teaching new students. When he is not teaching or working as a Dive Master he runs the Bubbles for Vets non-profit organization. This new 501(c)3 has but one purpose, and that is to allow veterans and their families to experience the world underwater together as a family. 

Captain Erik Carvotta
Jeweliy Carvotta
Heather Early
Tony Joyce