For The Love of Water
We are here because we love what we do and we want you to love it too! Venice Boat Rentals provides exceptional fun on the water. Whether you are visiting or a local, we treat everyone as a friend. We want you to enjoy exploring the area, cruising up and down the ICW or fishing out in the Gulf of Mexico. We are the original dive shop in Venice with many years serving the local dive community. We can provide the local information you need to have a great day on the water!!
Who We Are
Unmatched Service & Unparalleled Fun!
From scuba diving to boating, we strive to make sure you have the best time out on the water. Let us share with you what we treasure most about Venice.
With a full service dive shop, we sell and rent gear specifically for finding fossils!
So, whether you go diving for shark's teeth, fish for dinner out on the gulf, or spend a lazy afternoon on the water, we've got what you need to enjoy your time on the water!
Captain Steve Jones
Owner | SSI Instructor
Being a Florida native, Steve has always been connected to the water and likes to say that "saltwater is in my veins". A USCG licensed Captain, and with over 30 years of maritime experience, Captain Steve has been the business owner since 2009 running scuba diving charters and providing yacht-like quality service for the area. He is a USCG 100 ton Master as well as a SSI instructor. Steve has been scuba certifying students for several years, providing private and semi-private classes. Steve and his family love living in Venice!
Captain Dan Sansiveri
Captain Dan is the resident NAUI Instructor for Florida West Scuba and Charters. Familiar with the area, he is always excited to go diving! Capt. Dan is a USCG 100 ton Master and an active NAUI Instructor. He is retired from the US Army. Dan has a high level of enthusiasm and is passionate about diving.
Manager | Divemaster
Marie has been in Venice for nearly 3 years now. She is a PADI certified Divemaster and intends to pursue getting a OUPV Captain's license. She has recently finished a Master's degree and has a serious love for the ocean and the creatures that call it home. Passionate about sharks, and all marine animals, she is happy to talk to you about all the Venice wildlife you may encounter!
Our Mr. Fixit, Gary provides excellent assistance in all things to do with this business. Having been in the area for over 15 years, he is very familiar with fossils, teeth, and boats! You will most likely find him around the shop or on a boat. He is an avid fossil collector and knows a wealth of information about each fossil found in this area.
Explore Like A Local
See Our Florida Wildlife!
Venice, Florida is known for our fossils and shark teeth, but there are tons of living animals to see as well! Manatees frequent the Intracoastal Waterway, as do plenty of dolphins. Check out the impressive Ospreys that call this area home! You'll also spot pelicans, seagulls, and many varieties of birds. Not to mention, all of different kinds of fish!
Things To Do On The Water:
There is a lot to do when you spend a day on the water! Explore the mangroves along the Intracoastal, check out the bays, stop at Snake Island to swim, or head out into the gulf to fish! There are many local restaurants to choose from, with docking available along the ICW. Our local spot, Dockside Waterfront Grill is located next to us in the Fisherman's Wharf Marina and boasts some of the best rated food in Venice!
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