Operator's Must Have Power Boating Experience!
An Operator with experience is safer "on-the-water,"
they know the "rules," have basic boating skill's and
are able to maneuver a boat in a confined space.
Are You A Safe Boat Operator:
# 1) Have You Completed A Boating Safety Course?
(we provide a Free "On-Line" Safety Course below)
We will need to see your Completion Certificate or I.D. card.
# 2) Do you own a Powerboat?
Show us a copy of your Registration Card.
# 3) Are you a U.S.C.G. Licensed Guide or Captain?
Provide us a Copy of your license.
This requirement is mandatory if you're interested in operating
the 24 Sea Pro "Walk-Around" in the Atlantic Ocean!
Most U.S. Coastal State's including Washington, DC requires an
operator of any motorized vessel
must have completed an approved Boating Safety Course!
Operator's that have at-least completed a safety course will keep our "Multiple -Day,"
"Day" and "Half-Day" rental rates lower than any of the other Outer Banks boat rentals.
If you haven't already checked the Multiple-Day, Full-Day & Half-Day rates of the other boat rentals here,
you'll see they have considerably higher rental rates............... They are paying more liability, bodily injury and
damage insurance renting theirs to people that haven't completed a safety course or have boating experience!
Most of our boat's have considerably higher horsepower motors than the other guys, some of ours are
very near or at the maximum rated horsepower ...... just another reason why we are are concerned about our
customer and their power boating experience ........ the safety and welfare of their passenger's,
all the other boat's, and our rental craft!
Please take note: When we rent a boat to you, especially for a "multiple-day" rental,
we do not supervise you and your party while you are renting our boat.
It's now your boat and you are responsible ..... What you do while under-way, docking it, anchoring it
and in the possible case of an emergency, you should know exactly what to do and how to do it!
Beginning January 1st, 2018 The State of North Carolina
will require anyone operating a Jetski or a Vessel powered by 10 or more
horsepower will be required to have passed a safety course.
This New Law Will Affect Everybody ...... Resident's and Visitor's Alike!
Take the FREE Online Course, become a safe, knowledge-able and a legal boat operator!
Is Your Only Experience By Renting A Boat?
You Must Provide the Name(s) of the boat rental businesses, types of boats
you've rented and a phone number for us to contact those businesses!
We may require you to complete the FREE N.C. Boating Safety Course on
this webpage depending on which State, body of water and type of vessel you rented.
Jet Ski's Do Not Apply!
Agreement Signer's Must Be At Least 25 Years Old!
Operator's 21 Years of Age Or Under MUST BE SUPERVISED
BY AN OPERATOR OVER 26 Years Of Age.
NORTH CAROLINA'S OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS
N.C. Law's Require any operator(s) of a motorized vessel with a 10
or more horsepower motor under the age of 26 years old must have completed
a Boating Safety Course approved by the State Of North Carolina!
Their Completion Certificate(s) or issued I.D. Card(s) must be provided prior to the
delivery date and a copy "on-board" the watercraft when operated by him or her!
North Carolina Requires All Children Under 13 Years
Of Age Must Wear A U.S. Coast Guard Approved Life-Vest.
FREE N.C. BOATING SAFETY COURSE
Click the link, create your User Name(s) & Password(s) and begin the FREE course:
This FREE course is approved by North Carolina, other U.S. States and the U.S. Coast Guard.
After passing each course chapter, you can save your progress to continue
at a later time (or date), or if you wish, continue on to the final exam.
All of the FREE safety course chapter tests and final exam questions are multiple choice.
Pass the final exam, print the "Certificate of Completion" or save it to the computer's desktop
and email us a copy or present your "Certificate(s) of Completion" at delivery.
Failure to present proof of a completed Boating Safety Course to any Law Enforcement
Official or not informing "BigWave Boat Rentals" of all possible operators under 26 years
old is a breach of rental agreement and punishable by North Carolina and Federal Laws!
All "Multiple-Day" rentals (2 or more days) are UN-supervised by any of our company
employees or staff ......The boat you have rented becomes your boat with all the
responsibilities associated with the safe operation of a motorized vessel,
that you will follow all North Carolina and Federal Boating Laws as
well as the operation limitation's set by BigWave Boat Rentals!
Lessee's Are Held Fully Responsible for any Damage, Loss or Liability
to persons or property after "Big Wave Boat Rental" staff release the rental.
The primary reason we prefer your operator's have experience
is this activity can be Inherently Dangerous, possibly leading to Bodily Injury or
When we deliver the boat, a member of our delivery staff will perform a "Test-Ride" with
your operator's to evaluate how well they operate and handle a boat, how well they
navigate in a "marked" channel and if they are following the "Rules of the Road" and "Right of Way".
During our "TEST-RIDE", an operator that said they "were experienced" are
found to know nothing about boat's or boating will be considered UN - Experienced!
This will result in your rental cancelled and your Reservation Deposit forfeited or
YOUR DAMAGE AND LOSS SECURITY DEPOSIT WILL BE
THE CASH VALUE OF THE LEASED VESSEL!
NO IF'S , AND'S OR BUT'S
BOAT OPERATOR'S WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BOAT'S OR
BOATING IS DANGEROUS TO ANYONE ON THE WATER! .BigWave Boat Rentals Reserves The Right To Cancel
All rental craft are to be operated from Sunrise to 1/2 hour before Sunset
and limited to use in our "Sounds" and Inland Waterways ..... A 25 Nautical Mile
(28 Statute Miles) "One-Way" distance is permitted from your dock's location.
Customer's authorized to operate our 24 Sea Pro "Walk-Around" in the Ocean
is Sunrise to 1 hour before Sunset and are not limited to distance!
BECAUSE OF THE UNPREDICTABLE CONDITIONS OF INLETS AND THE OCEAN,
Inlet and Ocean use of our 24 Sea Pro "Walk-Around" is limited to operator's with
documented proof that you have experience as a boat owner and/or operator
of a boat at - least 24 feet long capable of being used in the Ocean.
You MUST provide us a copy of a VALID Registration for a boat that's at
least 24 feet or a GUIDE'S OR CAPTAIN'S LICENSE!
Another acceptable proof of experience is the National Marine Fisheries
- Highly Migratory Species permit issued to YOUR VESSEL.
NO PROOF ............. NO OCEAN OR INLET USE IS PERMITTED!
Alcoholic Beverages, Liquor and Narcotics are Prohibited "on-board" ANY boat!
Water Sports such as Water Skiing, Wake Board or Tubing is Prohibited!
A Dare and Currituck County Ordinance prohibits the use of a leased watercraft for any type of
water sport ...... however you are allowed to hire one of our guide's to operate the boat for
you while you engage in this type of activity!
Please Note: BigWave Boat Rentals does not provide this type of equipment.
Towing another Vessel or Craft of any kind is Prohibited!
Entering an Inlet or the Ocean is Prohibited TO ALL Water-craft except
an authorized 24 foot Sea Pro "Walk-Around" rental customer!
Tampering With Staff Placed Dock-lines Or Fenders Is Not Permitted.
"Night-Time" USE IS PROHIBITED!!!
Our Rentals Have "Real - Time" GPS Tracker's Installed
Trailer Use Restricted To Our Staff Only!
We urge you to fully read our website and understand all terms and conditions,
ANY breach of your Rental Agreement contract will result in Immediate Loss of the Leased
Vessel and Total Loss of your Security Deposit.
24 foot Sea Pro "multiple-day" renter's without Ocean experience may hire our
Staff or our Licensed Captain & Mate for a Gulf - Stream Offshore trip, Near - shore
Ocean or Wreck and Bottom fishing trip.
Reasonable charges apply for assistance by our staff on fishing trips.PLEASE NOTE:
This type of trip is NOT A "CHARTER", you have "LEASED" the boat
and will be responsible to pay for the gasoline used, ice for the fish-box
and food cooler as well as cleaning the boat after the trip!
The cost for a "Full-Day" Offshore Charter averages anywhere from $1400.00
to $2800.00 (cash or check) depending on the marina, the marina's location and the boat.
That $1400.00 to $2800.00 doesn't include Credit Card fees ($50 and up)
or a 15% tip for the mate!
We offer our 24 foot Sea Pro "Walk-Around" rental customers an Offshore
"Big-Game" Fishing Trip at 1/3 the cost of a Charter Boat Trip!
If your interested, feel free to contact us for more information.
"Rules of the Road" and "The Right of Way" applies to all N.C. Waters!
1) Who has the "Right of Way" - your boat or a boat that's towing another boat?
2) A power boat will be crossing your boat off the "Starboard Bow",
Do You or Do They have " The Right of Way"?
3) You are approaching an anchored boat displaying one or both of these
"Diver Down" flags shown above - what does International and Inland
rules require you to do?
Navigating Channels with "Day" Markers and "Buoys" is Required Here!
4) You are underway in a marked channel ............ Ahead on the Left is a Green
"Can" Buoy or "Day Marker" and ahead on the Right is a Red "Nun" Buoy or
Are you "Returning" or "Departing" from your dock?
1) By Law, ANY Vessel with Limited Maneuverability such as a "wind-only"
powered sailboat, a vessel towing another vessel, a commercial trawler or dredge
has "The Right Of Way!"
2) Both International and Inland Rules state that when two power-driven vessels
are crossing so as to involve a risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on the
Starboard side (the "give-way" vessel) must keep out of the way.
(Don't know what the Starboard side of a boat is? You'd better take a safety course!)
3) Slow down to no wake, Keep At Least 100 feet from a boat with divers in the water!
4) RED - RIGHT - RETURNING !
Using "Aids to Navigation" properly will prevent customers from being responsible
to pay for very expensive "UN-Grounding" charges ($1000 and up), including
repairing or replacing a damaged propeller ($100 - $250), the engine's lower unit
($1000 and up), the depth finder's transducer ($150 - $250) and damage to the
fiberglass hull or to repair a pontoon boat's aluminum logs ($1000 and up).