Frequently Asked Questions For Destin Watersports
Q: Do I need boating experience to operate a pontoon?
A: Not at all. Our pontoons are easy to operate and safe. We’ll guide you through how to operate it and all safety equipment. If you can drive a car. You can drive a pontoon. However, if you were born after Jan 1st 1988, you must have a Florida Boater Education I.D. Card to operate any motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more, and any age can go along for the ride. Please check out http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/Florida.asp. Or you can take an online course www.boatcourse.com/Florida/default.aspx and it will print out your certificate immediately.
Q: Do I need a fishing license and where to get it?
A: If you want to fish from the pontoon boat, you’ll need a Florida fishing license. You may obtain this license online at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the local Walmart.
Q: How do I reserve a pontoon boat?
A: Please call us at (850) 898-1204, come in person at the East Pass Marina 214 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 or book Online
Q: Do you require a rental deposit?
A: We verify available funds on your credit card in case of damages however we do not hold a 500.00 deposit like our competitors.
Q: How many people can your pontoon boats hold?
A: Our brand new 2016 Sweetwater pontoons are equipped with up to 12 seats. We recommend no more than 10 adults. However if you have a few small children it can accommodate up to 12 passengers.
Q: What’s the minimum age for renting a pontoon boat?
A: If you were born after Dec 31, 1987, you must have a Florida Boater Education I.D. Card to operate any motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more. Please check out www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/Florida.asp.
Q: What’s included in your pontoon boat rentals?
A: Our pontoon boats are supplied with all the gas you need included in the price so there are no hidden fees or extra charges. All of our boats are fully equipped with USCG safety equipment and retractable bimini tops to help keep you in the shade if you want.
Q: What should we bring?
A: Depends on what you want to do. Some suggestions include
Coolers loaded with your favorite beverages
Hats or umbrella.
Destin Watersports – JetSki FAQ
Q: Can anyone rent jet ski?
A: You must be 18 or older to rent the jetski. If you are born after January 1, 1988 you are required to have a Florida Boaters Permit.We offer this test on site for $3.00. You must carry a photo identification along with you boaters safety education certificate. . Please allow 20-30 minutes to study and complete this test. Life jackets (PFD’s) and fuel are included with the jetski rental.
Q: Are there any requirements for renting a jet ski?
A: Yes! If you are born on or after January 1st, 1988 the State of Florida requires you to have a Boater’s Safety Education Certificate, this includes using jet ski rentals in Destin! You can go to http://www.boatus.org and get your permanent certificate.
Charter Fishing FAQ
Q: What does captain provide?
Rod and reel,
You are welcome to bring your own rod and reel. We only ask that it be in good condition so “that the big one doesn’t get away”. We promote light tackle, fly-fishing, and catch and release. Our crew is available for assistance and we are happy to teach fishing and give helpful instruction upon request.
Q: Do we need to get fishing license?
No, you are covered. All you have to do is show up and let the fun begin!
Q: What should we bring and wear?
Your food and drink iced down in a small cooler. For groups we suggest consolidating about 4 persons to one 48 quart size cooler. Individuals should bring nothing larger than a one handed cooler. Comfortable clothes (jeans, shorts, swimsuit, beach towel). You may want to dress in layers during the cooler months. Wear soft sole shoes, like deck shoes. Have protection from sun and motion sickness and Polarized Sunglasses. Camera and film, Ziploc bags for bagging fish Fish cooler with ice (leave in car). If prone to seasickness, it is usually recommended to take your medication the night before the trip, then again in the morning of the trip.