Highly Skilled

Boat Rental Captains


Our Skilled Captains!

Our Rental Boats are all operated by our highly rated and seasoned Captains. Our Captains will keep you safe and let you relax while you enjoy a day out on the Lake.

All of our Captains meet the USCG requirements and are certified with a TPWD Boaters safety course.  However, most have advanced boating licenses, CPR certifications, Search and Rescue First Responders and more.  This makes our Captains the most professional and qualified boat rental Captains in Austin.  Reserve your boat today with the best Captains in Austin. 

Safety is our #1 Priority

Miguel Mercado

Master Captain

“Safety First”

25 Ton and Retired USCG Captain – 6 Pack License – *Most Reviewed Captain on Lake Austin*

– Over 50 – 5 Star Reviews –

  • Miguel was dynamite. Great brows. - Daniel W. - 10/28/2019 

  • Miguel was amazing best eyebrows ever! - Jenny N. - 9/28/2019 

  • Miguel is a rockstar!! We had we had the best time!! Book now!!! - Stephanie W. - 9/28/2019 

  • Miguel was the best boat captain ever. Made our first Austin Lake experience amazing. - elicia d. - 9/28/2019 

Shawn Smith

Old School Capt

Capt. Smith is an avid outdoorsman and grew up on the water.  I have over 20 years boating experience.  I have sailed from Corpus to the southern tip of Florida and back. I have been an avid boater all my life and Safety is always #1.

  • Trying to plan a bachelorette party during covid was insane. We made a last minute decision to do... read more - Sarah H. - 8/23/2020 

  • We had a great time with captain Shawn! We last minute added a couple of kids to the... read more - Jackie M. - 6/24/2020 

  • Rented two boats through Austin Rental Boats for memorial day and it was such a good experience! The... read more - Bianca B. - 5/27/2020 

  • Captain Shawn was amazing! Gave us a great tour of the lake and was a cool dude! - Johnny G. - 6/28/2019 

Captain Luke

6 Pack Captain

25 years in the marina/resort industry. 
Owned jetski rental/parasail/boat business 20+ years. Driven boats ranging from personal watercraft (jetskis) to 85ft luxury yachts. 

6 pack License

  • Luke was fantastic! Had a wonderful four hour trip on the water. Super friendly and beyond exceptional experience.... read more - Sierra L. - 5/10/2020 

  • Captain Luke rockin’ the Martini on Lake Travis today. - Kathryn E. - 10/28/2019 

  • Party cove is fun. Boat driver Luke was really cool and chill. Would highly recommend Austin Rental Boats - PJ D. - 9/28/2019 

  • The boat and amenities were exactly as stated in the reservation. Luke was a great captain and I... read more - Angelina G. - 9/28/2019 

Captain Jake

Boat Captain

Being a captain for ARB on lake Austin has been a great experience for me. It’s enabled me to have countless conversations with interesting people all while catching some rays. Every time I go out I know there’s going to be good vibes and it’s an honor to be able to contribute.

Captain Connor

Boat Captain

Connor has been boating in the Austin area his whole life, and began captaining over 8 years ago! His knowledge of the Austin area lakes will ensure that anyone he is captain of will have some AWESOME, (SAFE), FUN memories to look back on! Ask for captain Connor for a perfect time on the water!

Captain Spencer

Boat Captain

They call me captain Spencer. I am a local UT graduate that grew up on lake Travis. Just a lake rat that loves the water.  I’ll make your Lake day the best ever!


Captain Kevin

250 Ton Boat Captain

TexStar – Search and Rescue

Capt. Kevin has his 250 Captains License.  He’s very qualified and will keep you safe when out on the Lake.

Jay "BBQ" Tinney

Boat Captain

I’ll cater the boat if you want a Captain that can cook! I treat corporate groups, large parties and more. I have been catering and cooking Barbecue for over 20 years. I have been driving on Lake Austin all my life too.

Lake Austin Captain

Sam Sawhook

Boat Captain

Sam is a Air Force cadet who was also the president of the UT Austin Ski Team.  He knows his boats and is a favorite among the Bachelorettes.  Request him for a great day on the water.

Captain Seabass

6 Pack Licensed Boat Captain

Capt Seabass has been operating boats and skis his whole life.  He grew up in Florida but now lives in ATX.  He knows the lake better than anyone and will keep you safe on the water.

Jacob Roby

Boat Captain

Jacob Roby just moved to Austin and has been operating boats his whole life.  He is a favorite among the bachelorettes, especially the ones who are single.  He’ll take care of y’all and keep you safe on the water.

Capt Oakley

Boat Captain

Oakley is a Lake Firefighter and has been operating boats for 10+ years.

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