Question: Do I need a boating safety license to rent a boat?
Answer: No. An exception is made with a rental or lease agreement from a motorboat rental or leasing business (Claytor Lake Water Sports) and completion of a dockside safety checklist. We go over a dockside safety checklist with you and you get a temporary license for the duration of your rental.
If you own your own boat you need to have a Virginia Boating Safety License. As of July 1, 2014 - All PWC operators are required to have passed an approved Boater Safety Course as are all motorboat operators (10 HP and up) under the age of 46. We encourage all people to take this class and offer a 5% discount off your rental with proof of having passed this course! Click me to view class schedules!
Alcohol is Strictly Prohibited on All Rental Craft.
Operator Must be 21 Years Old with a Valid Driver's License. (motorized craft only)
All drivers (maximum 3 per watercraft) must be present at time of rental for dockside orientation... no exceptions. This is state law and each driver will be given a temporary operator's license.
Capacity per boat is MAXIMUM CAPACITY and does include children and persons that may be on a towable. No exceptions.
Fuel is Additional to Rental Fees. Be aware that ski boats are higher performance and use an average of 4 to 6 gallons per hour.
Pontoon boats typically average 1 to 3 gallons per hour.
A credit or debit card may be required to purchase fuel during the months outside of June, July and August.
Four (4) hour rental times are either from 9:00am to 1:00pm, or 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Please arrive 1/2 hour early to complete paperwork and dockside orientation.
Motorized boat rentals Stop at 3:30 pm.
All Rentals are Due Back by 6:00 pm.
An Extra 20% is Charged for 24-Hour Rentals (2:00pm to 1:00pm or 6:30pm to 6pm only). Night time use is not allowed.
Reservations (4 hours or greater) accepted with a 50% deposit of check, cash, or Visa/Mastercard. (only in state checks accepted)
Cancellations must occur at least 24 hours from the start of rental to avoid losing a 50% deposit and at least 5 days from start of rental to avoid losing a 10% deposit.
However, if AT THE TIME OF your rental (poor forecasts not considered) the weather is such that the average boater would not go out, we will not charge a fee.