How to Prepare for Renting a Boat

Welcome to Rental Boat Safety! Prior to renting a boat, it is important to know what to expect once you arrive at the livery. We want to help you feel confident before your trip, offering you tips on preparing to rent a boat.

1) Find a livery in your area.

Your first step is to find a livery in your area with the desired vessel and equipment for your crew. The Rental Boat Safety Online Community is a great place to find a rental livery committed to boating safety.
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2) Know the best boat for your crew.

Renting a boat is a great way to try out the different types of vessels to find the best fit for you and your crew. During this search, begin to explore what water activities you plan to participate in. This will help ensure your livery can suggest a vessel best fit for your boating experience.

3) Monitor weather conditions.

Weather conditions play a significant role in the longevity of your rental experience. Be sure to monitor the weather before renting your boat and continue to do so while on the water. Your livery will inform you of the proper procedure to follow in the case of bad weather.

4) Be aware of local navigation hazards and laws.

In addition to receiving the proper training from the livery you chose, we suggest you research the local navigation hazards and laws for your area. Boating laws such as boat rental age limits differ from state to state. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these before confirming your rental.

5) Complete Video Training.

Educate yourself on the most important safety guidelines! Watch our training videos and take the assessments to see how much you learned.
Visit our Training Page