At Ft Lauderdale Airboats, airboat safety is our first priority. While we want you to thoroughly enjoy your excursion into the Florida Everglades, at the same time we want you to come back safely. Therefore, before any airboat leaves our facility on a tour, we go through a detailed airboat safety checklist.
First, our airboats are inspected daily, not weekly or monthly. We only use the safest airboats and equipment, but we do realize that problems can occur on a daily basis. This is why our captains and their crews do a thorough inspection each morning before we start our airboat rides and tours for the day.
Another aspect of airboat safety that we take into consideration is the weather. Florida has an unpredictable climate and is one of the leading states for lighting strikes, so we do not take chances with your safety when it comes to the weather. At Ft Lauderdale Airboats, we will only send out airboat tours or airboat rides when we feel it is safe to do so, and if the weather makes it unsafe we will cancel our trips to keep you, our valued customers, safe at all times.
Another way that we ensure our customers that we take airboat safety seriously is through the safety equipment on our airboats. Each vessel is equipped with well-stocked first aid kits, communication capabilities, and enough flotation devices for each guest. Not only that, but we only hire captains who grew up in the Everglades. This means that they know how to keep you safe from the wild life and other natural dangers that are in the Florida Everglades. They also know their way around the everglades well, ensuring that we never have an airboat that gets lost. Finally, all of the airboat captains are USCG certified. In Florida it’s the law to be a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain so buyer beware make sure the company that you are dealing with shows you there captains license upon request.
Our lead airboat captain is Captain Wayne Gilbert Jr. He is a licensed and insured airboat captain whose family has been living in Florida for three generations. As a boy he would go air boating in the Everglades at a very young age, so he knows the area well. He instructs all of our other captains in airboat safety protocols, ensuring that our crew always keeps safety in the forefront of their minds.