Everything you need to know about renting a Jet Ski or Boat
Government issued Photo ID & valid Credit Card.
No prepaid cards.
No credit card = No rentals
Only experienced boaters may reserve. If you have limited experience or no experience we can assist you with hiring a captain for your boat.
Please contact the office if this applies to you.
Visa, MC, Amex or Discover.
We DO NOT accept prepaid cards.
Yes, we accept cash as payment. This does not eliminate the need for a credit card for your deposit.
Your card will be copied with the ID’s of all of the drivers. Your card is responsible for any and all damages, loss of property, late returns, and search & rescue efforts.
14 & 15 year old operators must have a government issued ID and boat license to operate with a parent or guardian.
If a parent does not wish to accompany their minor child they will need to arrange a jet ski tour with a guide.
No Government ID = No Driving
Anyone 18 years old or older with proper ID and credit card may rent from H2O. Boater’s license is required for anyone born in or after 1988.
Major credit card is required for all rentals for the damage deposit.
All riders must be able to hold on by themselves. We recommend mature 4 yr olds and up for this type of activity.
Our boat tours & fishing charters do not require a license or credit card.
Boater’s license are required by law for anyone born on or after Jan 1st of 1988.
Born 1987 or before are exempt from needing a boat license.
Follow that link.
Pay $9.99 to the state of FL
All boat license must be acquired prior to reservation.
Screenshot your certification of completion.
90 days from the date it was taken.
You must send in your boat license to the office for verification prior reserving.
There is no way to look up your license. If you do not have it on you. Take the online course.
ID must be on board at all times while operating a vessel.
We have a strict cancellation policy.
48 Hours on all rentals.
7 days on all tours & charters.
In the case of inclement weather H2O Staff will cancel on the day of your activity.
We do not cancel for overcast or light rain.
If you want a sunny day guaranteed, book same day or be a walk up for your rental or tour.
Everyone should arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to their reserved time ready for orientation.
You are renting a time block.
If you are late and miss that time block you will still pay for that time because no one else can utilize that equipment because it was held for you.
Example: Jet Ski Reservation
Booked 1:00 pm – 2:00pm
Your arrival time is no later than 12:30 pm
Photo ID of all drivers.
Photo ID and Credit Card of responsible party. Waterproof bags, reading glasses, cell phones, shoes to wear down docks, sunblock.
You will not be allowed to rent without proper ID and credit card. You will be charged for your reserved time if you show up unprepared.
Why can’t I bring someone else’s ID & credit card to rent your equipment?
It is against the law for me to accept a credit card and ID from someone other than the card holder. They must be present and capable of reading, understanding and signing all paperwork.
Florida law states it is illegal to operate without a valid ID on board at all times. Boater’s license must also be carried where applies. There are glove boxes onboard for storing items like ID, boater’s license, cell phones, etc. They are not water tight so having a water tight bag is suggested.
Orientation is typically 20-30 minutes depending on prior boating knowledge. Disruptive parties will cut into their rental if they are not listening & following instruction. Rentals will be denied if H2O feels you are disregarding safety procedures being given.
Orientation will cover everything from rules of the road, basic boat & jetski operation, how to navigate our waterways, liability waivers and rental agreements.
You are solely responsible for any and all damages of all equipment while it is in your possession. Inspecting the equipment is your responsibility before leaving. Keeping count of all items you take such as, life vest, snorkel sets, fishing poles, etc.
H2O Watersportz encourages you to take photos before leaving the dock with the attendant. Point out any damage you see prior to leaving for peace of mind upon your return.
It is your responsibility to return to the dock on time. You have paid the office. Chris & Blossom are the only people who authorizes extended times. If there is no one booked and waiting, you will be allowed to settle up your overage. If you take extra time without approval from owners Chris or Blossom you will be charged the penalty fee of $15 per 5 minutes. Your time stops when your ski or boat arrives to the docks.
You will be charged accordingly. This is not negotiable. You pay for an hour, use an hour. Not an hour and 15 minutes. You would not appreciate it if you pay for an hour and we only give you 45 minutes.
Our very detailed orientation is a valuable tool.
Listening carefully while your attendant is giving instructions is very important to your knowledge on how to avoid mentioned obstacles.
While operating in the channel you could still get grass in the jet ski or on the boat intake.
However, you will not run aground in the marked channel!
Getting the grass cleared immediately will prevent the engine from overheating. If you overheat the engine, you must allow it to cool down before operating. This process can not be rushed.
Each attempt to start an engine while hot will prolong the cool down in the over heat cycle.
NEVER OPERATE A BOAT WITH A WARNING BUZZER SOUNDING!
$75 Grass removal fee is for those who have rented a vessel but refuse to get in the water to clean their intake. This is a necessity if you clog the intake. It does not just go away. You must clean that intake to avoid damaging the engine and costing you a lot of money in the process.
Grass removal is a part boating in our waterway.
Operating a vessel with a clogged intake will damage the engine. You will be given instruction numerous times before leaving on how to prevent this from happening or how to remedy the situation if you find yourself in the grass flats.
If you do not intend on removing the grass from the intake. Do not book a rental. Take a tour instead.
Our riding area is huge! Tampa Bay to Sarasota Bay as well as the gulf coast of Anna Maria Island. You are only limited by the amount of time you purchase. We will tell you where you are able to go with your time purchased. If you go outside of this area and we must dispatch assistance there will be an hourly rate of $75 per hour.
Never attempt to load or dock your vessel without assistance. You need wait outside of the marina at idle until the attendant is on the dock to bring you in 1 at a time. Never come in more than 1 vessel at a time.
You are responsible for any and all damages to our equipment. Your damage will be assessed and charged upon return.
We encourage you to photo your equipment prior to departing on the vessel.
$100 per inch of damage
Structural or engine damage will be assessed at the time of return (this will not be cheap).
$799 per day of downtime if the equipment can not be rented until repaired.
Fiberglass damage is expensive to repair and takes a long amount of downtime so keeping a safe distance from everyone and everything while aboard our equipment is important.
If you would not bump up against a buddies truck with your truck to talk, don’t do it with my skis.
Plain and simple “You break it, you pay for it”
If you want to experience a jetski or boat but you are worried about the obstacles mentioned above, let me suggest a tour. Your tour guide will be with you every step of the way navigating our water and will ensure you are back on time plus the will take care of any grass you may get into. This will not alleviate you of damage cost that you may cause as you are still operating your own jetski.
In the rare case equipment is totaled you are responsible for replacement cost of that equipment the day of your damage.
The electronic waiver is for liability release & fit to participate.
It must be filled out for every participant from baby to adult.
Please fill that out prior to arrival. Service for many providers is spotty at our office and can cause delays in your rental time.