By Jennifer D. SmithAlaska airboat resorts and airboat schools are booming, with an estimated 2,400 to 3,000 students attending at each location, according to the Alaska Airboat Association.
But not all the airboat clubs are alike.
The Association of Alaska Air Boat Clubs has a guide for the student, including what types of airboats are in operation, where to get them and how to navigate them.
Here are some things to know to help you navigate Alaska’s hundreds of airboat sites.
Read more about airboat travel in Alaska, or check out our guide to airboat lodging in Alaska.
Alaska Airboat ToursAlaska’s Airboat Parks have become a tourist draw since the early 1990s.
The resorts are popular for families and friends, but they also attract a large number of adults, according the Association.
Alaska Airboats offer guided tours, family-oriented cruises and the opportunity to fly the Alaska Thunderbird and other airboats.
Airboat schools offer lessons in airboat skills and safety, including sailing, boating and other watersports.
There are more than a dozen such schools operating in Alaska in addition to the Association’s four charter schools.
Alaskan Airboat Schools, including the Alaska Charter School of Adventurer and Adventurer Experience (ACEA) and the Alaska Aerial School of Safety (AAS) operate in Alaska and have more than 2,500 students, according an Association spokesperson.
Alaska is the most popular destination for charter schools in the United States.
For more information on airboat facilities, visit airboat.org.Read More