Requirements for renting boats vary from state to state and even by country, but most require renters go through a safety education course or produce a boating education certificate. The boat rental company is responsible for providing the safety course to renters before letting them out on the water.
Rental companies generally have to go through the operation of the boat, use of safety gear including vests and local boating regulations. Some states limit the horsepower of a boat that can be rented by a private individual. Other countries may require a specific license to operate certain watercraft, such as a day skipper license for operating a powerboat.
Those planning on chartering a larger boat or yacht may want to hire a skipper to operate the craft so they can relax and enjoy the outing.