Do Airboats Have Other Uses?
When you think of an airboat, you most likely think of a fun, high-speed ride across the water. At Everglades Holiday Park, we’ve mastered the art of Everglades excursions, showing our visitors an exciting time on our 60-minute guided airboat tours. Most commonly known for recreational activities like fishing, air boating, and cruising along the water, airboats play a major role in other industries as well.
Perhaps a lesser-known use of airboats is for emergency response. Modern versions of airboats are made from aluminum and fiberglass with flat bottoms and onboard propellers, allowing them to quickly fly across ice, vegetation, marshy waters and other landscapes.
In colder parts of the world, the surface of large bodies of water can freeze in winter time, creating dangerous situations for the surrounding area. When a person or an animal wanders too far onto the ice, it can break, sending the person into the freezing cold water and leaving them in an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. As emergency rescue departments race against time and hypothermia, airboats make water rescue operations easier by allowing the rescue team to easily glide across the traverse water, ice, and vegetation. Airboats are currently used in hundreds of fire and rescue agencies across the United States. They are perfect for rescue operations in warmer parts of the country too, since their ability to easily navigate marshy waters serve as a time saver in a time-sensitive situation.
Our team of expert airboat captains have years of experience using these state-of-the-art boats to safely transport you across our entryway to the Everglades. Learn more about our guided airboat tours and live alligator shows on our blog! This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .