Blog: Enjoying your vacation and understanding pontoon boat safety

by Marty Taylor | More
Owner at Lagoon Pontoons ()
Posted in Boat Rental Safety on .

Panama City Beach can be a magical place to spend your vacation. Getting the best vacation is easy when you rent a pontoon boat to see all that the area has to offer. Shell Island, St. Andrew’s State Park, snorkeling, and fishing is relaxing when renting a pontoon to get away from it all and enjoy some family fun. Panama City Beach pontoon boat safety is easy to understand and follow.

Whether you want to rent a pontoon for half a day, a day or even several days pontoon boat safety is important. There are only a few important things to consider before calling to reserve your pontoon. In Florida you must be at least 18 years old to rent any watercraft. You will also need to take a Temporary Certificate Test if you do not have a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card or its equivalent from another state. If you were born after January 1, 1988 you will be required to answer a few questions and have your ID ready to operate any watercraft that has 10 horsepower or more. Listening to all instructions and understanding key components of the boat will aid you in successfully answering the questions required for the temporary certification.

Pontoon boat safety requires the use of USCG safety equipment which is supplied by our rental facility. Life jackets are in an accessible location and must be during the course of the operation of the pontoon. There must be enough life jackets for every member of your group regardless of age. Depending on the size of your craft, children under six years of age may be required to wear a life jacket anytime the pontoon is operating. Make sure to understand signs and what is expected of the pontoon operator. Wake zones must be observed for the safety of everyone in the area.

Panama City Beach pontoon boat safety is vital to the safety of everyone enjoying all the area has to offer. Whether you are snorkeling, fishing, or just enjoying the dolphins and beaches of Shell Island understanding and carefully observing state and local boating laws will make your vacation more enjoyable and more memorable for all the right reasons.