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


Captain Rick Reda - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Name: Rick Reda "Captain Rick"

Employed by the Park for:
34 years – since the park opened in 1982

Hobbies:
Patrolling the streets at night protecting the citizens of GOTHAM from corruption and criminals

Nickname:
BATMAN

Favorite Food/Drink:
Fruit, mango, pineapple and pomegranate

Previous Experience:
Manager of the park from 1994-1996, alligator wrestler, working with bears, otters, lions, tigers and cougars

Personality:
One word – PASSIONATE

Additional Info:
Captain Rick is happiest when you find him swimming in his element, swimming with dragons (AKA alligators)


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:
Father, husband, BIG Miami Heat and Dolphins fan

Nickname:
Dill Pickle

Favorite Food/Drink:
Salad and water

Previous Experience:
Former comedian and a great swimmer

Personality:
Funny, laid back and quite handsome

Additional Info:
Personal trainer, former comedian and super model


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


Mike Reinhardt “Capt. Lee” - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Mike Reinhardt “Capt. Lee”

Employed by the Park for:
About 4 years

Hobbies:
Guitar, harmonica & father time

Nickname:
Lee, MiniMike, Father Time

Favorite Food/Drink:
Water

Previous Experience:
I was a navy sailor

Personality:
Confused


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


Justin Scott Rust - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Justin Scott Rust

Employed by the Park for:
Going on 2 years

Hobbies:
Wood working, airboating, biking, camping, auto repair and nature

Nickname:
Red, Red Velvet, Chihuahua

Favorite Food/Drink:
Pasta, pizza and orange soda

Previous Experience:
Being outdoors and working with nature

Personality:
Funny, laid back and sometimes really serious


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!


Justin Scott Rust - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Mark King “Phat Daddy”

Employed by the Park for:
8.5 Months

Hobbies:
Fishing, cooking, camping and writing poetry

Nickname:
PhatDaddy & Cajun

Favorite Food/Drink:
Pizza, crawfish and steak

Previous Experience:
I am from the bayous of Louisiana and have been around Alligators since I was 4.5 years old. I’ve harvested alligators for a source of food and was extra, we donated to families in need

Personality:
I’m laid back, funny and I know when it’s time to be serious

Additional Info:
I am a family oriented man. I do what it takes to support my family


Nile Charles “Capt. Nile” - Airboat Tour Captain at Everglades Holiday Park

Nile Charles “Capt. Nile”

Employed by the Park for:
6.5 months

Hobbies:
Jai-alai, body surfing, ping pong and exploration

Nickname:
Croconile

Favorite Food/Drink:
Sushi & pisco sour

Previous Experience:
I’ve worked with State parks and National wildlife refuges throughout Florida and the nation as a whole for many many years

Personality:
Positive, fun loving and always willing to learn

Additional Info:
I am a certified SCUBA diver and professional Jai Alai player that has travelled the world and lived throughout this entire country. I’ve returned to Davie to the place of my birth in an attempt to reconnect my roots and take the reins of my life as a whole. I am VERY grateful to be home!


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.


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