Pontoon Boat Pre-Rental Instruction & Safety

Pre-Rental Instructions for Operation, Safety, and Emergency Procedures

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More operation and Safety Procedures
When operating the vessel, always wear the wristband attached to the “kill switch”.In a “No Wake Zone”, engine throttle should be kept under 2000 RPM.
Never have the engine on while anyone is in the water near the vessel. Keep gates closed and participants seated inside the gated area at all times when engine is runningAny child under the age of 6 must wear a USCG-approved life jacket while the vessel is underway. “Underway” is defined as anytime except when the vessel is anchored, moored, made fast to the shore or aground.
Maintaining a safe distance from other boats, objects and people.Sound five blasts of the horn or whistle to signal danger or need for assistance.
Boats do not have breaks – stopping the engine will not stop the boat. Throttle the boat in reverse to rapidly reduce speed. Keep gates closed and participants seated inside the gated area at all times when engine is running
Towing other boats is not permitted.Operation of the boat is not allowed by anyone that is under the influence of any legal or illegal drugs or alcohol.
Throttle must be in the neutral position and kill switch must be attached in order for motor to start. When in need of help, other than from medical or law enforcement, call out staff at (251)210-7800.
Emergency Procedures
  • Passenger overboard: If someone falls overboard, quickly turn off the engine and throw a flotation device or life jacket to the person. Maneuver the boat to the person and bring them back on board as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Taking on water: In the rare event of your boat taking on water, immediately pull to a nearby shore as quick as possible and call for help. Do not idle the boat until you are on a nearby shore.
  • Vessel accidents: If your boat is involved in a collision or accident, assess the situation and determine whether anyone is injured. If anyone is injured, call for medical help immediately. If your boat is still afloat and safe to operate, move to a safe location and report the accident to the appropriate authorities.
  • Capsizing: In the rare event of the boat capsizing, stay with the boat if possible and try to climb back on board. If you can’t get back on board, stay with the boat and use it as a floatation device to keep you afloat until help arrives. Call for help immediately.