Everything You Need to Know About Age Restrictions for Jet Skis

April 30, 2018 4:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Cruising up and down the Gulf Coast on a jet ski is an experience you won’t soon forget. Feeling the sea breeze in your hair and the ocean spray on your face is a great way to spend sunny afternoons in Florida. However, this experience is highly regulated by the state government—especially when it comes to the age of people renting jet skis. This post will explain everything you need to know about age restrictions for operating jet skis, as well as other things you need to know about jet ski rentals in Venice, FL.

Operating age

The State of Florida mandates that anyone operating a jet ski must be over the age of 14. If you think about it, that makes perfect sense! If you’re far too young to drive a car, you probably shouldn’t be operating a jet ski. Cars are certainly harder to drive than a jet ski, but jet skis are still fast and dangerous vessels. However, just because you’re under 14 doesn’t mean that you can’t ride on one. Riding as a passenger on a jet ski may not be as fun as driving, but it’s still a blast. Endless family fun can be had by having your kids ride as passengers, and they’ll get experience that can be valuable later when they’re old enough to operate.

Rental age

You have to be 14 to operate a jet ski by yourself, but you have to be a bit older if you’d like to rent one from Cool Breeze Boats and Jet Ski Rentals. Florida’s boating laws state that anyone wishing to rent a jet ski must be at least 18 years old. This law has to do with the rental company just as much as it does with your safety and the safety of others out on the water. It takes quite a while for an individual’s brain to fully develop. This is why younger folks make poor decisions! By raising the rental age, the State of Florida is protecting everyone (and every company) from harm.

Other things to know about rentals

As you could probably imagine, there are more regulations for boat and jet ski rentals in Venice, FL than mere age requirements. Here are a few other rules to note before you rent a jet ski from us:

  • Safety courses: Luckily, you don’t need a license if you’d like to go boating in Florida, but you will need to have passed a safety exam (or other equivalent) if you’d like to operate a boat. Temporary certificates are available for anyone visiting Florida on vacation.
  • Life vests: Everyone on your jet ski or boat must have a life vest while you’re out on the water. You may be a great swimmer, but the waters can be rough and dangerous on the open ocean.
  • Operating times: Going for a late night jet ski ride might sound like fun. Unfortunately, there are rules against that. You can’t operate a jet ski between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.

Give Cool Breeze Boats and Jet Ski Rentals a call today if you’re ready to live life to the fullest out on the open water. We offer jet ski rentals in Venice, FL, as well as sunset tours for some of the best prices around!

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