Frequently Asked Questions
Driving a Boat
- Who has to be certified to drive a boat?
Anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 must take a boaters education course before being allowed to operate a vessel. In Texas a person cannot operate a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length, a motorboat with more than 15 horsepower, or personal watercraft unless he/she:
(i) was born on or after September 1, 1993 and has passed a boater education class or equivalency examination prescribed by the department.
(ii) is 18 years of age and can lawfully operate the motorboat and is on board the motor boat when underway.
(iii) is at least 13 years of age and have successfully completed a boater education course approved by the Department.
- What does the course cost?
Fees start at $20 for a basic course. For more information, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife Boater Education.
- Where can I get certified
Certification link: https://www.boat-ed.com/texas/.
- First-aid kit that contains an anti-seasickness medication
- Lip balm
- Take any necessary medications
- Hat (one that won’t blow off is ideal)
- Light shirt or jacket with long sleeves
- Polarized sunglasses
- Water and snack food
- Swim suit
- Any needed fishing gear and chum kits
- Because mosquitoes are common in warm climates, don’t forget insect repellent and mosquito netting.
- It’s a good idea to take books for leisure reading during down time and a deck of cards to pass the time.
- If you were born after September 1993 or are otherwise required to, complete your boater certification.
- Once you reserve, we will send you a confirmation email with additional details.
- You should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in.
- When you arrive, you will complete waivers and place a hold for the duration of your rental on your credit or debit card for vessel damage.
- Your party will be fitted with life jackets, and our rental crew will conduct a vessel briefing.
- Our rental crew can provide you a demo of the boat’s operation.
- During your rental time, have an amazing day out on the water!
- When your rental time is over, fill up boat with gas. Our rental crew will inspect the vessel for damage.
- Tell your friends about your experience!
Directions – from I-35
- Merge onto I- 35 N – 53.8mi
- Keep left to stay on I-35 N – 10.9mi
- Take exit 337A toward US- 77 BUS S – 0.1mi
- Merge onto N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd – 0.5mi
- Slight right onto Bellmead Dr. – 0.6mi
- Slight right onto US-84 E/State Hwy 31 W/E Waco Dr. – 5.4mi
- Keep left to continue on TX-31 E – 68.7mi
- Follow TX-274 N to Island Cir in Tool – 9.5mi
- Turn left onto TX-274 N – 8.9mi
- Turn right onto Mason Ln – 0.3 mi
- Turn left onto Jefferson Downs – 0.2mi
- Turn right onto Island Cir – 490 ft
- Turn right to stay on Island Cir – 350ft
- We will be on the right!
Who is responsible for damage?
Before your rental and during the check-in process, we will play a vessel damage hold on your credit or debit card. At the end of your rental time, our rental crew will inspect the vessel for damage.
If there is damage, then the vessel damage hold will be authorized on your card. You are responsible for all damage above normal wear and tear to the vessel, even if it exceeds the vessel damage hold.