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Plan Around Traffic

Many guest arrive late due to traffic so we recommend morning rentals to skip the traffic plus more wildlife such as dolphins are more active in the morning hours. Plan on arriving early for your trip!

Use Restroom Before arrival

Before 11am we have limited restroom access so we recommend going before arrival. There are also public restrooms in various places on the water during your trip! 

Arrive Together

Arriving all at once saves a lot of time in the checkin process!

Drive to the BACK FOR UNLOADING

We have a designated unloading zone for coolers and bags by the booth with carts. Need a hand a dockhand will gladly assist! Unload there and park in any available space.

Have the Drivers Credentials ready

We need to see a valid Drivers License and or international government issued ID plus proof of boats safety education for anyone born after 1987 prior to starting rental paperwork.

USCG Approved Life Jackets

We offer USCG approved life jackets for all children. When bringing your child’s own jacket please make sure it has a proper USCG approval stamp and or code on the jacket.

f.a.q.


You have questions. wE have answers.
  • Are pets allowed?
    Yes, pets are allowed on our boats. We do ask that you try to keep pets off of the seats of the boat or bring a towel to cover the seats the pet will be sitting on.
  • Do the boats come with working radios?
    Yes, all of our boats are equipped with Bluetooth capable radios. In rare cases an in-dash unit may be out of service; if the in-dash unit is down, a portable unit will be provided for your group.
  • List Does the rental come with safety equipment such as life jackets?
    Yes, all rentals come with a complete set of safety equipment including life jackets for adults, life jackets for kids (Island Water Sports does provide infant life jackets), sound device, anchor, swim ladder, map and trash bag. Please note*** There are no medical kits provided on vessels. If injuries occur on the water please contact the Coast Guard immediately. If the accident is not worthy of Coast Guard attention, when you return to the dock we have medical kits onsite.
  • We have never driven a pontoon before. Do you give us a lesson?
    Yes, all rentals include a complete safety walkthrough. We provide each rental with a full service rundown of the boat and the riding area prior to departure.
  • Do I need a boating license to operate a rental pontoon?
    If you were born after January 1, 1988, Florida laws require you to possess proof of boater’s education along with a valid government ID. If you were born after this date please see the Temporary Florida Boaters site boat-ed.com/floridarental . If you were born before January 1, 1988 all that is required is a valid government issued ID.
  • Are the boats handicap accessible?
    All of our pontoons come equipped with wide entry side access doors making for easy entry from the dock onto the boat. The Island Watersports Company provides wheel chair accessible ramp down to the dock for even easier departure.
  • What can we bring?
    Our boats come equipped with a small cooler but we recommend you bring your own as well. We work by the general rule that it’s your boat, take whatever you want on it, outside of these restricted items: Tow ropes, towing tubes, grills, any open flames.
  • Boating Under the Influence Illegal?
    It is a violation of Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. A vessel operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to sobriety tests and a physical or chemical test to determine blood- or breath-alcohol content.
    In Florida, a vessel operator is presumed to be under the influence if their blood- or breath-alcohol level is at or above .08.
    Any person under 21 years of age who is found to have a breath-alcohol level of .02 or higher and operates or is in actual physical control of a vessel is in violation of Florida law.

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FISHING LICENSE RULES

We do not sell bait, nor licenses to fish but do allow for fishing on our boats. Please visit myfwc.com for detailed fishing rules, permits and limits.

PADDLE BOARD RULES & REGULATIONS

Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a paddleboard is a vessel in most situations and is required to have the same safety equipment as other small human-powered vessels (canoes/kayaks)?

Here is what this means if you are using a paddleboard:

Unless the paddleboard is being used within a “swimming, surfing or bathing area,” the paddleboard must have a USCG-approved life jacket for each person and a sound-producing device on board while on the water.Although persons on the paddleboard are not required to wear the life jacket while on Florida waters (unless they are less than 6 years of age), it is advisable to find a comfortable life jacket that you can wear or easily carry while on the water.A “sound-producing device” is a small whistle or horn that can be heard for a least one-half nautical mile. “Referee-type” whistles or other similar devices that can be attached to your life jacket should work well.If you are operating in limited visibility or at night, you will also need a flashlight or lantern that produces a white light. It should be displayed to approaching vessels in enough time to prevent a collision. The light should not be continually displayed.If using a paddleboard offshore or on certain coastal waters at nighttime, visual distress signals may be required, per the Code of Federal Regulations.

PLEASE NOTE

Half- & full-day pricing subject to change depending on the season. 

There is a $500 security deposit hold on weekend rentals.

Island Watersports Company does not issue refunds, discounts or rain checks due to weather after departing the marina on equipment. 

Start and end times are firm.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Renters must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, is also required to provide proof of boater safety education. If you do not currently have a boater’s ID/Certificate please go to boat-ed.com/floridarental PRIOR to your arrival at the marina to get a temporary certificate. The test takes around 30 minutes and is valid for 90 days in the state of Florida.Start times are firm. We recommend your ENTIRE party arrives at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure to ensure a full 4- and 8-hour rental.

WHAT TO BRING

You are welcome to bring food and drinks on board.NO GRILLS or TOWABLE tubes will be allowed on the vessel.We recommend bringing sunscreen, towels, and anything else you need for a relaxing time on the water!



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