Underwater Alligator Encounters

Swim with Alligators AND Get PHOTOS!

This is an absolutely amazing experience that will put you in the water behind a protective net barrier to swim with alligators in a 30,000 gallon aquatic habitat and view how this top predator maneuvers through the water. It is thrilling to be in the water swimming with alligators, yet somehow becomes a surreal and serene experience when you see how calm and effortlessly they glide through the water.

  • Safety first!! The experience is hands off and you are separated from the alligator by a net barrier. This is not a gator wrestling class, you will be able to be very close to the animal and observe and record it's behavior, you can have photos of you near the gator, we just can't allow guests to touch the animal for safety and legal reasons. Must be 16yrs or older to participate. This experience is all done under the Everglades Outpost. Chris Gillette is with you at all times, and only one guest in the water at a time with Chris. This makes the experience very personal and safe. Chris has been a professional crocodilian handler for over a decade and has worked with everything from gators to 16ft crocs in the wild. He will give a full safety briefing before entering the water and also provide information on alligator natural history and behavior. The briefing is extensive and educational.

  • You're welcome to bring cameras/gopros to document your experience, just make sure they're waterproof! Strobes and video lights are OK to use too. If you get cold easily we recommend that you wear a wetsuit as it can get pretty chilly pretty quickly in there, the water is just regular water from the hose and not chilled, but under the shade of a large tree and it can be considered chilly by some. The wetsuit is not required and many guests go in just their bathing suits, it is your choice. You'll also need a mask, snorkel, and weight belt. If you have your own gear that's great, but if you don't have your own we have spare mask/snorkel/weight belts you can use. We do NOT have wetsuits available.

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  • In participating in the experience you will be signing up as an official volunteer of the Everglades Outpost! We will start off with a long talk about the background of the gators, why they are here, what a nuisance gator is and how YOU can help us raise awareness about the nuisance gator issue in Florida! We want you to walk away from the experience as an alligator advocate and to use your photos and experience to teach your friends and family about alligators! Help dispel common alligator myths, teach about their behavior, and most importantly you can teach people to not be the nuisance people that create nuisance gators! 

  • There may be several alligators in the pond but we will be focusing on the largest individual, his name is Casper. Chris has worked with Casper for over 12 years and understands him very well. Casper is between 9-10ft and around 250lbs and is an amazingly gentle ambassador for alligators. This is also the only experience in the world that allows people to be so close with alligators in the water, truly a once in a lifetime experience.

  • If you would like Chris to take professional underwater photos of you with Casper we can set this up. Chris shoots with Canon 80D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. If you are interested in booking please send an email to ChrisGilletteWildlife@gmail.com

  • Tours are typically run on Fridays and Saturdays, although almost any day can be arranged for a private session. Pricing can vary depending on what you'd like, so please send an email to the above address to arrange booking.

  • You may have seen previous photos showing people doing the tour without the net barrier. The barrier was added in December 2019 as mandated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. As mandated by FWC there is now a barrier between guests and Casper, this is mandatory from the state. There has never been a single incident/accident or even so much as a stubbed toe during any encounter we have done since Chris started the tour in 2017. There was absolutely no reason for them to enforce this other than their own opinion of it being a public safety concern, which is their right as FWC and we must comply. We are moving forward with a positive attitude and introducing people to alligators in a way that is still unmatched and never done before! To go against this new rule would result in a felony charge, so to answer many questions as to whether it could be done without the barrier or if there is a special waiver to sign to do it, the answer is sadly a hard no with a felony charge backing it.

© 2017 by Christopher Gillette

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