Boating Safety Education/License Requirements
- Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and in his/her possession photographic identification and a boating safety education identification issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The following rental operations are exempt:
- An operator who is accompanied onboard by a person who is at least 18 years old and possesses the required Boating Safety Education Identification Card, provided that person is attendant to and responsible for the safe operation of the vessel.
- An operator who is accompanied onboard by a person who is exempt from the educational requirements, provided that person is attend and to and responsible for the safe operation of the vessel.
- A non-resident who has in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a NASBLA-approved boater safety course or equivalency examination from another state.
- A person operating a vessel within 90 days after completing an approved boating safety course, as required in Chaper 327.395(1). and has a photographis I.D. And a boater education course completion certificate showing proof of having completed the required boating safety education course. The course completion certificate must provide the student’s first and last name, date of birth and date the course was successfully completed. (Effective 10/01/11).
Life Jackets for Children
We provide life jackets for all persons, including children, onboard the boat. Your child will be fitted for the proper size life vest at the time of boarding. Infant vests (for under 30 lbs of weight) are not available and are the responsibility of the leesor to supply property fitting USCG-approved floatation device in this situation.
- A child under the age of 6 must wear a USCG-approvied Type I, II or III personal flotation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length at all times while the vessel is under way. “Under way” is defined as anytime except when the vessel is anchored, moored, made fast to the shore or aground.
Maximum Loading and Horsepower
All boats have a capacity plate onboard, and we are required to limit the number of passengers to the number stated on the capacity plate. The number does not include children.
No person may operate a boat while exceeding the maximum weight, persons, or horsepower capacity as displayed on the manufacturer’s capacity plate.
Vessel Speed Restrictions
Wake is defined as “the visible track of turbulance left by something moving through water”. When renting a boat it is important to pay attention to your boat’s wake in certain areas. Some areas will be marked as “no wake” or “minimum wake”. This is the boating equivalent of a speed limit sign. Upon your arrival to our facility, we will provide you with a map and go over the location of nearby no wake zones. Please be attentive to signage on the water marking wake zones.
Any vessel operaitng in a speed zone posted as “Idle Speed – No Wake” must operate at the minimum speed that allows the vessel to maintain headway and steerageway.
Any vessel operating in a speed zone posted as “Slow Down – Minimum Wake” must operate fully off plane and completely settled in water The vessel’s wake must not be excessive nor create a hazard to other vessels.
Boating Under the Influence
Alcohol is allowed on boats in Ft. Myers, however, as with driving a car, please choose a designated driver if you will be drinking alchohol on the boat. It is a violation of Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. A vesseloperator 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 lever is at or above .08.
Any person under 21 years of age wo 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 voilation of Florida law.
Reckless and Careless Operation
Anyone who operates a vessel with willful disregard for the safety of persons or property will be cited for reckless operation (a first degree midseameanor). All operators are responsible for operating their vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner with regard to other vessel traffic, posted restrictions, the presence of a divers-down flag, and other circumstances so as not to endanger people or property. Failure to do so is considered careless operation (a non-criminal infraction).
A violation of the Federal Navigation Rules is also a violation of Florida law.
Law Enforcement Authority
Law enforcement officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, sheriff’s deputies of the various ounties, and any other authorized enformentent officer, shall have the authority to order the removal of vessels deemed to be an interference or hazard to public safety, enforce all boatingt safety laws, or cause any inspection to be made of all vessels in accordance to state law. A law enforcement officer may stop any vessel for the purpose of checking for compliance with boatint safety equipment requirements.
Lessee of contracted vessel assumes all responsibility for infractions incurred in operation of said vessel.