Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to make a reservation for a boat rental?
Although reservations are not required at Salty’s Water Sports & Boat Rental, we do recommend them. We have a large selection of boats; however, each one is different, and a reservation will ensure that you get the boat you want.
Do you require a deposit for a boat rental?
Yes, we do require a $350 deposit for our boat rentals.
Do I need to make a reservation to rent a jet ski?
We would like to give you the best service possible so we ask that you do make a reservation. We have a large selection of wave runners, Seadoos, and various model jet skis which allows us to have at least one available the majority of the time. You can always call before you come to check the availability. We do recommend making reservations for large groups renting multiple jet skis, but, again, they are not required.
How old do I have to be to rent a jet ski or boat rental?
You need to be 18 years of age to for a jet ski or boat rental. You can ride a jet ski independently starting at the age of 16 with Parental Guardian Consent. Anyone under the age of 31 needs a Florida Boater License. You get get one with us when you arrive, please just arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Below are the rules:
If you were born before January 1, 1988, you will need a valid form of photo ID to drive a jet ski or boat rental.
If you were born after January 1, 1988, you will need to take the Florida Safe Boating Test to drive the boats and jet skis without a boating safety card.
If you want to drive a jet ski or boat rental and are under 18 years of age, you must:
- Be over the age of 16 (with photo identification)
- Possess a boating safety card
- Have a signed waiver by a guardian 18 years of age or older
If you want to drive a jet ski or boat rental and are over 18 years of age you must:
- Be over the age of 18 (with photo identification)
- Possess a boating safety card
If you don’t have a boating safety card, you will need to pass the temporary boating safety card test administered on-site for $3.00. We ask that you come 20 minutes before your reservation time to take this test. This temporary “Boater’s License” is valid for 12 months. Don’t forget to bring your Photo ID!
Do I need a boating license to rent a boat?
We offer temporary boating licenses for anyone born after January 1, 1988. The license can be obtained by passing an on-site exam for $3.00. You must come in one 20 minutes before your reservation time to take this test. This temporary “Boater’s License” is valid for 12 months. Don’t forget to bring your Photo ID!
These participants can also get their permanent boating license by logging on to www.boatus.org and taking the open book test there. Upon passing the exam (80 percent) they will receive a permanent laminated copy of their license within a few weeks. If these participants are unable to receive their permanent boating license in time, they can print out a copy of their exam completion and use it as a temporary license.
Do you provide fishing poles and a cooler?
Yes, you can rent fishing poles for your boat rental trip and we provide a cooler free of charge upon request for any of our Boat Rentals.
Do you provide Infant Life Vest for children under 2 years old?
We do have them available but in very short supply, so you should reserve one early with your boat rental or bring your own vest.
What is the youngest child allowed on a jet ski or wave runner rental?
We usually recommend 4 years old as the youngest to ride.
Are you guaranteed to see Dolphins on the jet ski Dolphin Tour?
We have a 99% success rate. Dolphins travel, and give birth during certain times of the year and also feed during certain times of the day. We’re pretty good about knowing their patterns.
Are you guaranteed to see Dolphins on our Boat Dolphin Tour?
Same as before, you are very likely to see see Dolphins on you Tour. We think it might even be the best Dolphin Tour you’ve ever been on.
What should I wear on my jet ski rental?
You should were swimming attire, and or wet suit bottoms. We recommend a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, and water shoes. We have dry cell phone cases for sale in case you want to bring your phone.
Do I need a reservation for a kayak rental?
Reservations are recommended, kayaks usually go fast as we have super low prices!