The Best Airboat Captains and Everglades Airboat Rides!

Want an inside peek into the talented and entertaining group of airboat captains here at Everglades Holiday Park? We've brought together a team of some of the funniest, most skilled and knowledgeable men (and woman) around. These are the folks who will be leading your expedition through the Everglades- the ones who know exactly where to go for you to see amazing wildlife, unique flora and a side to the Florida Everglades few get the chance to see. Say hello to our amazing airboat captains... up close and personal!

Photography Credit: Lisa Giles


Kathy “Kat” Britt - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Name: Kathy “Kat” Britt

Employed by the Park for:
30+ years

Hobbies:
Airboating, art, horseback riding and rescuing animals

Nickname:
Kat and Paw in the Grass

Favorite Food/Drink:
All seafood, BBQ and unsweetened ice tea

Previous Experience:
Gator farmer, bio-tech for exotic weed control

Personality:
Love to laugh with GOOD people, seriously laid back

Additional Info:
Gator farmer, gator wrestler, artist and animal lover


Captain Armando - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Armando J. Penton

Employed by the Park for:
Approximately 7 years

Hobbies:
Sports and riding motorcycles

Nickname:
Arrr

Favorite Food/Drink:
Roast pork w/beans & rice

Previous Experience:
Love of the great outdoors, fishing, canoeing and hiking

Personality:
Like to have FUN while education folks


Captain Armando - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Rocky Gimenez

Employed by the Park for:
6 years

Hobbies:
Astronomy, music, motor cycle riding, bike riding and fishing

Nickname:
Rockstar

Favorite Food/Drink:
Steak, ice tea and seafood

Previous Experience:
Fishing for years in the Everglades

Personality:
Laid back and funny

Additional Info:
I’m a Retired electrician and love to play guitar


Dylan Martin” - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Dylan Martin

Employed by the Park for:
4 years 1 month

Hobbies:
Being a great Dad, husband and friend, playing softball, working out, and watching the HEAT win!

Nickname:
Dill Pickle

Favorite Food/Drink:
Anything healthy

Previous Experience:
Personal trainer, Astronaut, nascar driver,catching killer whales with my bare hands.

Personality:
Funny, easy to talk to, and all about the family


Chris Floreno - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Chris Floreno

Employed by the Park for:
4 years

Hobbies:
Cooking, nature, walks and diving

Nickname:
Pudgy

Favorite Food/Drink:
BBQ, steak, chicken, turkey and pork chops

Previous Experience:
I used to give my own tours at my old job

Personality:
Funny, laid back and am only serious when I’m driving

Additional Info:
I LOVE my job and the people I work with. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work


Don Gory - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Don Gory

Employed by the Park for:
3 years & 8 months

Hobbies:
Rising motorcycles, fishing and captaining airboats

Nickname:
Gator Don G.

Favorite Food/Drink:
Gator meat, steak and chicken

Previous Experience:
I’ve been going out in the Glades’ since I was 9 years old. Fishing, frogging and boating

Personality:
Funny, serious, laid back and witty

Additional Info:
I was in the US Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Nimitz with VA-86 A-TE & air craft at the end of the Vietnam era


JT - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Jeffery Todd Nyman

Employed by the Park for:
3 years

Hobbies:
Airboating, anything boats, just being out on the water salt or fresh

Nickname:
J.T., or Pastor Anglo

Favorite Food/Drink:
Gator chilli, fresh caught fish, frog legs, sweet tea

Previous Experience:
Coast Guard Veteran, Charter yacht captain.


Justin Scott Rust - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Justin Scott Rust

Employed by the Park for:
3 years

Hobbies:
Being outdoors, working with wood, working on engines, working out to get buff to keep the ladies smiling?

Nickname:
Red

Favorite Food/Drink:
Italian foods, Sweet Tea, Starbucks

Previous Experience:
Woodworker, building duck houses, cornhole champion

Personality:
Fun loving, good friend, easily fired up


Louis Carbone - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Louis Carbone

Employed by the Park for:
542 Days and counting

Hobbies:
Long walks on the beach with the wifey, love playing sports, especially football (GO GIANTS WHAT!)

Nickname:
Italian Stallion, Big Lou, Louie, Luigi

Favorite Food/Drink:
Love all food, especially grilled

Personality:
Super funny, super laid back super witty SUPERMAN

Additional info:
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Contractor and voted most handsome airboat captain 3 years in a row


Jose R. Ferreiro, III - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Jose R. Ferreiro, III

Employed by the Park for:
1 year & 8 months

Hobbies:
Videogames, fishing, movies, hunting, collecting Star Trek and Marvel stuff

Nickname:
Jr., Oh Large One and Buddy

Favorite Food/Drink:
Fried shrimp and Sprite

Previous Experience:
Saltwater and freshwater fishing. I used to come to the Everglades with my father fishing as a child

Personality:
Funny, kind, caring, witty and I can also have a temper

Additional Info:
I was an electrician, I currently work at Target and I used to play semi-professional football


Mike Angelastri “Indian Mike” - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Mike Angelastri “Indian Mike”

Employed by the Park for:
1.5 years

Hobbies:
Bow hunting, working with Bull Terrier rescue

Nickname:
Indian Mike

Favorite Food/Drink:
Wild boar, venison, elk

Previous Experience:
50 ton capt. license

Personality:
Laid back, funny, joker

Additional Info:
U.S. Coast Guard & Police Officer


Leo Marquez - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Leo Marquez

Employed by the Park for:
1 year

Hobbies:
Going to concerts (front row to SLAYER) and hanging with my Chihuahua P.Y.T (pretty young thing)

Nickname:
Leo

Favorite Food/Drink:
Asado – Argentinian BBQ

Previous Experience:
Putting smiles on people’s faces is my reward

Personality:
I’m laid back but have a funny man inside of me that appears every now and then

Additional Info:
There is NOTHING better in life than feeling inner peace!


Jose “Joey” Otero

Employed by the Park for:
1 year

Hobbies:
Riding my horses, Hunting and fishing, being outdoors

Nickname:
Bri Bri

Favorite Food/Drink:
Fresh Venison, Sweet Tea

Previous Experience:
Auto Technician, Horse wrestler, rubber boot model, ant counter.

Personality:
Laid back, fun loving, good friend


Leo Marquez - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Brian Cullen

Employed by the Park for:
1 year

Hobbies:
Riding my motorcycle, hunting and fishing

Nickname:
Joey

Favorite Food/Drink:
Anything that doesn’t eat me first!

Previous Experience:
Flatbed truck driver

Personality:
Hard worker, quiet, funny


Mark King - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Mark King “Phat Daddy”

Employed by the Park for:
1 Year

Hobbies:
Fishing, cooking, camping and writing poetry

Nickname:
PhatDaddy

Favorite Food/Drink:
Lasagna

Previous Experience:
Pizza delivery, worked with semi truck company

Personality:
Funny, talkative, and laid back


Michael Jahanian

Employed by the Park for:
1 year

Hobbies:
Gamming, and playing the drums

Nickname:
M.J.

Favorite Food/Drink:
All things junk!

Previous Experience:
Retail

Personality:
Seriously laid back, quiet and funny

Additional Info:
There is NOTHING better in life than feeling inner peace!


Michael T. Kordsmeier - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Michael T. Kordsmeier

Employed by the Park for:
Since March 2016

Hobbies:
Sailing, world travel and photography

Nickname:
Uncle Crocodile, Captain MT and Maverick

Favorite Food/Drink:
Salmon, Trout, steak, sour-soup and water

Previous Experience:
Sailing

Personality:
Witty and educated

Additional Info:
47 years in Nuclear Medicine, I spent my career saving lives. I now devote my life to the preservation of the Everglades and participating in python removal program with a special permit from Florida Wildlife Commission for removal and transport of live pythons and conditional reptiles.


Paolo Theodule

Employed by the Park for:
6 Months

Hobbies:
Being outdoors, artist, videographer, sports, and eating

Nickname:
“ P “

Favorite Food/Drink:
Lasagna, Ice cold lemonade

Previous Experience:
C.I.A. agent, Astronaut, Ladies man, and oh yeah, furniture mover

Personality:
fun loving, Joker, laid back


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