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Regulations for Operating Boats and Jet Skis

TLDR; Ready to go to Crab Island, or take a Jet Ski tour? First, you’ll need your I.D, a major credit card, and if you were born on or after January 1st 1988, a temporary Florida boater Safety Certificate that you can get HERE. *We highly recommend you take the test before arriving at our location. 

We are not responsible for late or missed activities because a boat or jet ski driver did not get their certificates in time.

Here is the detailed version often enjoyed by Moms, Engineers, and of course Lawyers!

  • MANDATORY: MUST be 18 or older to rent or reserve a PWC/Boat
  • MANDATORY: MUST provide at least 1 Credit Card per reservation
  • MANDATORY: MUST Bring 1 valid photo I.D. for each guest (ages 16 and older) that will operate a PWC/Boat
  • MANDATORY: MUST Present the Credit Card used for the reservation and the card holder’s I.D. at check-in
  • MANDATORY: A pre-authorization hold is required for each reserved PWC/Boat at the start of the reservation to cover incidentals.  The hold may be on a credit or debit card presented at check-in.  The hold will be released after 24hrs once an inspection of the returned watercraft is completed.
    • Boat Rental: $500 for the 1st boat, and $250 for each additional boat
    • PWC Rental: $500 each PWC
    • PWC Tours: $300 for the 1st PWC and $100 for each additional PWC
    • Hold will be waived if Damage Protection Coverage is purchased.
  • MANDATORY: Guests born on or after 01-01-1988 may operate a PWC/Boat if they have a photo I.D. and meet ONE of the following criteria:
    • They have a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Lifetime Boater Safety Certification from their home state.
    • Have completed Florida’s Temporary Boaters Safety Test and have a copy of the valid Certificate (as a print-out or on their phone).
    • Guests are encouraged to use THIS LINK to take the test before arriving to save time at check-in (and not lose time or miss their tour).
  • Guests 16-17 years old may operate a Boat when accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years old after they present a valid Boater Safety Certificate, valid photo I.D. and have signed paperwork from a parent or legal guardian who must also present a valid photo I.D. even if not participating
  • Guests MUST be at least 18 years old to operate a PWC after they present a valid Boater Safety Certificate and valid photo I.D. 
  • A safety lanyard (key) MUST be attached to the operator of a PWC at all times
  • A safety lanyard (key) MUST be attached to the operator of a Boat while underway
  • Life jackets/PFDs will be provided for all guests and MUST be worn at all times by:
    • Any minor 6 years or younger while on any watercraft.
    • Anyone (all ages) operating/riding on a PWC or paddle craft 
  • Two (2) guests are allowed on a PWC at a time and the total weight cannot exceed 400 lbs (182 kg)
    • PWC operators MUST be at least 18 years old
    • PWC riders MUST be at least 8 years old
    • PWC riders MUST be positioned behind the driver at all times
  • The Operator of a PWC/Boat shall have a basic understanding of the English Language to understand and follow staff briefings and instructions

GUESTS CANNOT OPERATE PWC/BOAT IF THEY:

  • Possess or are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Have any existing medical conditions that put them or others at risk.
  • Are over 18 years of age but do not have a valid government-issued photo I.D. and/or credit card
  • Were born ON or AFTER 01-01-1988 and do not possess a NASBLA Lifetime or Florida Temporary Boater Safety Certificate.
  • Do not have a basic understanding of the English Language to follow staff briefings and instructions

CANCELLATION AND WEATHER POLICY:

  • Cancellations MUST be made at least 48 hours before the scheduled reservation start time (*by the scheduled start time if Booking FLEX was purchased) to be entitled to a refund, otherwise, Destiny Water Adventures reserves the right to charge full price for the reservation.
  • No-Call/No-Shows will be charged in full, with no exceptions.
  • No refunds will be issued once a watercraft leaves our dock/beach.
  • Refunds/prorated time will be issued only if a reservation is canceled or recalled by Destiny Water Adventures due to weather.
  • Rental begins at agreed upon reservation time. Please allow ample time to park, gather belongings, and sign all necessary paperwork. We cannot prorate for late arrivals.
  • Reservations for tours must be present, have all necessary paperwork completed, checked in, and ready to go at the scheduled tour start time.
  • Tours will not be delayed for late arrivals. No refunds will be issued to participants who miss the start of their tour. We recommend arriving at least 30min early and having all required documentation completed.

CODE OF CONDUCT:
Renters are responsible for the watercraft while in their and/or their guests’ care. Renter is responsible for all damages incurred while in possession of PWC and/or Boat including loss of detachable equipment.

Destiny Water Adventures reserves the right to charge the renter for any loss of revenue resulting from damage to the watercraft.

Destiny Water Adventures reserves the right to refuse or end service without refund to anyone under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, behaving inappropriately, behaving in a manner we deem to be unsafe, or if we believe the rental will be used for any illegal activities.

The use of boats for third party, bareboat charters (as defined by 46 C.F.R.), charter for hire, or third-party special events without insurance, permits, or prior authorization from Destiny Water Adventures management is strictly prohibited. Destiny Water Adventures reserves the right to refuse or end service without refund if such activities are identified.

Destiny Water Adventures reserves the right to refuse or end service if renter and/or operator cannot demonstrate the basic necessary skills it requires to safely and reasonably operate their assigned watercraft.

Hard liquor is strictly prohibited aboard our boats, Destiny Water Adventures reserves the right to check bags and coolers for prohibited items.

Each concurrent reservation must be made with an unique method of payment. Destiny Water Adventure reserves the right to refuse services if this policy is violated.

Boats may not be tied up to each other and a minimum safe clearance of 20ft must be observed between every vessel when anchored.

Destiny Water Adventure reserves the right to refuse or end services without refund should management find the renter and/or their guests to be in violation of any of our policies.

Please Drink Responsibly.