DolphinGirl Cruises & Eco-Tours prides itself on working with knowledgeable, qualified and friendly staff to provide you the perfect eco-tour cruising experience. We hope you agree!
Tiffany Barrineau: Owner/Operator Tiffany has a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in
Marine Biology, from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. During her
4 years in college, Tiffany participated in internships with the
National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Marine Science Consortium in
Virginia. These internships dealt with species diversity in the
Chincoteague Bay and the Population Assessment of the Bottlenose
Dolphin in this same area. During her 2 years of the dolphin internship
– the name DolphinGirl was used quite frequently by those who did
not know her name, or the names of her fellow interns.
realize that I was gravitating toward the technological aspect of deep
diving and manned submersibles. At the time I was working for Smithsonian
Institution and did a number of chamber dives at the Hyperbaric Facility at
Duke University which culminated in a 1000 ft. saturation dive. Later I did
a dive, which was the deepest open water dive at the time, to 720 ft.
locking out of the manned submersible. During this dive I collected a new
species of hermit crab that was living in a large tulip shell. I later
became a pilot of the submersible and eventually was Marine Operations
Director. Throughout my career with Harbor Branch I maintained a close
relationship with the Marine Biology Department and stayed abreast of
current discoveries, of which there were many. My boating career started
when I was 8 and that summer I collected 3 first prizes sailing an 8 ft.
pram that my father had built. I did my first delivery of an 85 ft. sailboat
as deckhand, from Puerto Rico to Ft. Lauderdale, when I was 14 and a 72 ft.
wood sailing yacht from Genoa Italy to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I when I was 16.
Since then I have been on, in or under the water one way or the other. I
moved back to this area after leaving Atlantis Submarine as Operations
Director in Cancun, Mexico and worked a number of jobs including captain of
a 120 ft. crew boat in the Gulf of Mexico.I have had my 100 ton Ocean Master's license since 1985 and have an endorsement to operate manned submersibles.
Captain Bob Ballinger - I started boating at the age of 11 when I joined the Sea Scouts in Long Beach California. We would work on the boats during the week and Sail to Santa Catalina Island on the weekend. I started water-skiing and skurfing, which is wake-boarding before wake boards were invented. At age 15 I bought my first boat so I could go water skiing whenever I wanted. I would go water skiing and sailing on most weekends and taught my friends to sail and water ski. When I was 21 I got married and moved to Canyon Lake and water skied even more. Both my daughter and son started out in baby carriers in our family boats and grew up around boats. I worked for the San Bernardino County Sheriffs office as a Deputy Sheriff where we used boats to patrol the Colorado River aqua duct and Lake Havasu. A friend of mine was going to start a DUCK business. DUCKS are amphibious land and water vehicles that were originally designed for military purposes and now used for tours on land and sea. I got my Master Captains license and Commercial CDL with a passenger endorsement to operiate his DUCKS but, due to the economy the business has been postponed. I am also a Private Pilot, Home Builder and Realtor - so I guess I am really a people person. This past summer I started working with Dolphin Girl tours and also running private fishing charters. I love being on the water and in the quiet of nature.
Naturalist – Katie Guzmon - Katie Guzmon, is a true Floridian, born and raised in Melbourne, Florida. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Florida Institute of Technology in Environmental Education. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Management at Florida Atlantic University. After college she moved to New Zealand and sailed throughout the Pacific on a 73 ft. sailboat visiting Tonga and Fiji. In the summer of 2008 and 2009 she was a camp counselor at Satellite Beach’s Marine Adventure Camp for 8-13 year olds. The camp focused on teaching kids about the importance of our local environment and marine life. She has also successfully completed 40 contact hours in the Florida Master Naturalist Program, Coastal System Module. Katie has always had a love for nature and enjoys being on the water whether it is the ocean or the Lagoon.
Naturalist - Cheryl Caldwell - A few years ago, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a marine biologist. That brought me to sunny Florida and I fell in love right away. I’m originally from the Philadelphia area where I earned my A.S. in Biology from Camden County College. I graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in December 2008, earning a bachelor’s of science degree while adding a minor in education. My passion for nature and conservation led me to DolphinGirl where I can help others learn about the flora and fauna of Florida while cruising on the Indian River Lagoon. What a pleasure for me!
Naturalist - Evan Tuohy - Evan Tuohy, was born and raised in Florida, living in numerous places along Florida’s east coast. He has been around boats all his life, growing up with a father that was a commercial fisherman. Evan received his six-pack captains license in 2006 and has worked on privately owned yachts for the past five years, through which he has traveled throughout the waters of the US east coast, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. Along with working on boats he also fishes, scuba dives, and competes in sailing races in his leisure time. Currently, Evan is pursuing his bachelors degree in Marine Biology at Florida Institute of Technology, that will be completed in December of 2009. He has done a variety of field research in the Indian River Lagoon during his studies. He has also successfully completed 40 contact hours in the Florida Master Naturalist Program, Coastal System Module. Evan is passionate about the environment and marine biology and enjoys being on the water.
Jim Angy - Naturalist & Beginner’s Nature Photography Instructor -
Reservation Specialist - Stephanie Spurlock - A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Stephanie has been a Satellite Beach resident since 1976. Her love and appreciation for the Indian River Lagoon began when she signed on to be a chaperone for Tiffany’s Marine Environmental Camp. Her two children were enrolled in the one-week program, and all three of them came away from the experience with a much greater understanding of their aquatic surroundings. Her daughter is now a junior counselor while her son remains a camper for a few more years.
When asked to describe a tour with DolphinGirl, Stephanie can enthusiastically say it is an exciting and educational adventure that everyone needs to try. Witnessing pods of dolphins swimming in the lagoon is something that never grows old for her, and she always looks forward to the next opportunity to “get out there.”
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