Airboat safety in the Everglades
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. Airboat safety is a must in the Everglades. 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. We also 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 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. 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. If the weather makes it unsafe we will cancel our trips to keep you safe at all times.
Airboat safety is our top priority
Another way that we ensure our customers that we take airboat safety seriously is through the safety equipment on our airboats. Each airboat is equipped with first aid kits, communication capabilities, and flotation devices. We only hire captains who grew up in the Everglades. This means that they know how to keep you safe from wildlife and other natural dangers. Finally, all of the airboat captains are USCG certified. In Florida, it’s the law to be a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain. Buyer beware to make sure the company that you are dealing with shows you their captain’s license and insurance 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 very well. He instructs all of our other captains in airboat safety protocols, ensuring that our crew always keeps safety at the forefront of their minds. Contact us today for a safe airboat ride threw the Fort Lauderdale Everglades Fort Lauderdale airboat rides