I was originally a skeptic and was worried that manatees could get hurt by tourists. River Ventures is using education and guidance to offer a wonderful adventure and experience, and protect the manatees and the environment. Captain Mike was phenomenal in keeping track of the group, and made the safety of the people and the manatees his priority. Other tours that were in the springs were clearly lacking in their consideration of the neighborhood, the animals, or the other swimmers. I think River Ventures and Captain Mike set the standard and I truly appreciated the experience!!