By Dawn Krebs
TREASURE COAST -- Taking an airboat ride can be a thrilling experience, but learning about nature unfolding around you while you're riding is what makes it a memory.
That how Robert Montuoro, also known as Capt. Bob, feels every time he takes a group out on one of his airboats.
As owner of Capt. Bob's Airboat Adventures Tours, he makes sure the people that ride on his airboats experience the natural Florida waiting just outside Vero Beach city limits in the Blue Cypress Conservation Area, known to locals as Lake Garcia.
"I've always been an outdoorsman," Capt. Bob said. "I make sure that people get to see everything that they can."
His airboat business focuses on making sure the customer has a good time. The large 20-foot-long boats offer stadium seating, so everyone has a clear view. In addition, he also provides headsets to the riders, so they can ask questions and hear what he says during the tour.
"The headsets really magnify the experience," he said. "I get lots of questions, and it's easy to show people wildlife right away, as it happens."
For the first-time air boater, Capt. Bob says there's nothing to worry about.
"Depending on the season, we try to tell people what they can expect and what to wear to be comfortable," he said. "We want them to have fun."
Safety is a priority as well, and Capt. Bob provides 31 years of experience with the Indian River County Fire Department before his retirement last year with the rank of Lieutenant Emergency Medical Technician.
The one-hour tours are done by reservation only, and private tours can be arranged.
"We get a lot of people from all over the Treasure Coast," he said. "It's unbelievable how popular it has grown in 10 years, and we thank our customers for that."
So for a beautiful ride and a great vacation memory, call Capt. Bob's Airboat Adventures Tours at (772) 633-7849 or go online to www.airboatadventuretours.com.