Rules and Regulations to know, before you rent:


Must be 18 years old to rent.


Must have an accepted credit card to hold deposit and rental fee.


Must have a state issued drivers license or state issued id that matches the credit card used.


Must be 14 years or older to drive a PWC.


Children must be 44” or taller (typically 6 years old) to be a passenger on the PWC. Parent or guardian must fill out a waiver for each child.


If you are born after January 1, 1984 you are required to have a Missouri Boaters Certificate to operate a boat or PWC on Missouri waterways. Scooters Rental does not require this, but anyone operating a boat or PWC without it could be fined.

Before deciding to rent some of our vessels, please read this few key rules.

What is PWC

Few facts and information you need to know before operating PWC

A PWC is a small vessel that uses an inboard jet drive as its primary source of propulsion and is designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel rather than inside the vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard includes personal watercraft in the group of inboard vessels less than 16 feet in length

  • Stern: Back of a vessel
  • Bow: Front of a vessel
  • Draft: Depth of water needed to float a vessel
  • Intake: Opening in the hull that draws water toward the impeller
  • Intake grate: Screening cover over the intake, which prevents large debris from entering
  • Drive shaft: The long stem connection between the handlebars and the impeller
  • Impeller: Device used to force water in a desired direction under pressure
  • Steering nozzle: Device used for directing the stream of water to the left or right at the stern of the PWC, which steers the PWC

Before You Go Out On Your PWC:

Operating a personal watercraft carries the same responsibilities as operating any other vessel. Before taking your PWC out on the water you should:

Do not forget that in addition to obeying all boating laws, the PWC operator must adhere to laws specific to personal watercraft. Do not operate a PWC in shallow water. Doing so damages both your PWC and the environment.

Environmental Considerations

When operating your personal watercraft, always consider the effect you may have on the environment

Shallow water
Do not operate a PWC in shallow water. Bottom sediments or aquatic vegetation can be sucked into the water pump and damage your PWC and the environment.
Reduce speed
Operate at slow speed and avoid creating a wake, which can cause erosion when operating near shore or in narrow streams or rivers.
Reeds and grasses
Do not dock or beach your PWC in reeds and grasses. This could damage fragile environments.
Take extra care when fueling your PWC in or near the water. Oil and gasoline spills are very detrimental to the aquatic environment. Fuel on land if possible.
Never use your PWC to disturb, chase or harass wildlife.

Getting back on PWC

How to instructions

Reboarding a Capsized PWC

PWCs are designed to allow you to fall off and reboard from the rear of the craft. Sometimes after a fall, the PWC could be completely overturned. When this occurs, you should be familiar with the proper procedure to right the PWC.

Most manufacturers have placed a decal at the rear or bottom of the craft that indicates the direction to roll your PWC to an upright position. If no decal exists, check your owner’s manual or ask the dealer. With this information you should be able to roll the PWC over and reboard with little trouble. If you roll it over the wrong way, you could cause serious damage to your PWC. It is a good idea to practice reboarding with someone else around to make sure you can handle it alone. Also, avoid riding your PWC when you are very tired, because reboarding will be difficult. Also avoid riding where there are strong currents or winds, which could hamper your reboarding efforts.

Reboarding a PWC:

Look for the decal on the rear of the PWC to determine that direction to roll it back to an upright position.

Because a PWC is very maneuverable it is possible for a PWC to get into trouble fast. Here are some important things to do when operating a PWC:

  • Do not ride too closely behind another PWC. If it turns sharply or if it stalls you could collide with it; if the other rider falls off you could run over him or her.
  • Always look behind you over both shoulders before making turns; another vessel may be too close behind you.
  • Be aware of all traffic in your boating area; don’t focus just on the short distance ahead.
  • Always remember that operating a PWC has the same responsibilities as operating any other vessel.