Kemah Jet Ski Rental Safety & Operation Rules

All renters must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Only one individual is permitted to operate the jet ski during the rental period. All passengers must remain passengers, and may not operate the jet ski.

Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your reserved rental time.

You must wear clothing appropriate for being out on the water and getting wet; a wet suit is recommended; if you don’t have one, you may rent one. Please remember to wear sunscreen.

Denim shorts or jeans will not be permitted on the jet skis.

NO REFUNDS. If a reservation has to be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions prior to commencement of rental, we will try to reschedule for a later date or, if preferred, a full refund will be provided. If a rental that has already commenced has to be cut short due to inclement weather conditions, a prorated refund will be provided. We reserve the right to alter or terminate a rental due to security, weather, or any other reason deemed necessary.


Kawasaki Jet skis are high-performance boats, not toys. All renters will receive training on how to safely operate a jet ski. We encourage anyone interested in renting a jet ski from us to complete the online Personal Watercraft Safety course offered by the Texas Park & Wildlife Department prior to your rental.

Texas Boater Safety Course

Texas has a mandatory education law for certain boaters. All boaters born after August 31, 1993, must complete a TPWD-approved course and be certified with the TPWD to operate:

  • Any vessel over 15 horse power.
  • Any windblown vessel over 14 feet.
  • All personal watercraft

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

  • 12 years of age or younger: An adult (18 years of age or older) must be present on the watercraft while anyone 12 years of age or younger is operating a PWC.
  • 13 - 17 years of age: An adult (18 years of age or older) must be present on the watercraft while anyone 13 - 17 years of age is operating a PWC. Unless, the operator has successfully completed a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Approved Safe Boating Course.
  • Persons subject to this law must have a picture identification card and a boater certification card issued by the department in their possession.

You may not operate a PWC in any of the following negligent manners:

(Any violation will result in termination of rental time with no refund)

  • Operating a personal watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Jumping or attempting to jump the wake of another vessel within 100 feet of that vessel
  • Riding backwards and/or standing on the seat of the craft while riding
  • Weaving through and recklessly operating in areas of congestion
  • Speeding in restricted areas such as marinas, no wake zones, environmentally sensitive areas or operating in a manner that endangers the life, limb or property of any person, including the operator. (i.e. splashing other PWC’s or swimmers, buzzing piers and other boaters, etc.)
  • Operating a personal watercraft between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • Allowing children under the age of 6 to ride behind an adult
  • Operating a personal watercraft without a life jacket or kill switch attached
  • Exceeding the number of people or weight limits listed on the capacity plate
  • Littering
  • Operating a personal watercraft outside the designated boundary area
  • Operating a personal watercraft in a circular course around fishermen or swimmers
  • Moor or attach to any buoy, beacon, light marker, stake, flag or other aid to safe operation, or to move, remove or, displace, tamper with, damage or destroy the same
  • Anchoring in the traveled portion of any river or channel so as to prevent, impede, or interfere with safe passage of any other boat through the same area
  • Operating a personal watercraft within an area designated as bathing, fishing, swimming, or otherwise restricted
  • Engaging in water skiing, surfboarding or other similar activity
  • Swimming or diving within two hundred yards of any sight-seeing or excursion boat except for maintenance purposes or unless within an enclosed area
  • Operating within 50 feet of a "Diver Down Flag" or operate a boat within 150 feet of a "Diver Down Flag" except at Headway/Steerage Speed
  • Fueling the watercraft with any person aboard
  • Failing to comply with the U.S. Coast Guard Inland Rules