Are Wakepilot Charter rates per person?
No. Wakepilot’s published rates are for the entire boat. It’s all yours. Think of our lesson packages like a watersports charter. We will not add other guests to your booking. The number of participants/passengers is limited only by vessel capacity (13 including your Wakepilot coach) so bring the whole gang, even if they just want to watch!
What is your cancellation policy?
Once you receive a confirmation, your reservation is guaranteed.
More than 48 hours or more prior to excursion date – 100% refund
Cancellations within 48 hours (forfeiture of deposit or full payment if fully paid in advance)
More than 24 hours or more prior to excursion date – 100% refund
Cancellations within 24 hours (forfeiture of deposit or full payment if fully paid in advance)
No shows – no refund
Changes to your reservation or cancellations can be requested via email or by calling us at (250)495-4195.
Weather or Mechanical Considerations:
Osoyoos’ reputation for consistent great weather is well-deserved and cancellations or delays due to weather are rare. Mechanical issues with Wakepilot vessels are even more rare. However, in the rare event that there is a mechanical issue with a boat that renders it unseaworthy, convective weather (thunderstorms with lightening in the area), extremely high winds, or other unsafe condition; guests will be refunded the full amount if the session is cancelled in its entirety OR refunded for the portion of the session that is lost if cancelled part way through the session.
Wakepilot staff exclusively will make all decisions relating to cancellations for weather, mechanical, or other safety issues. Sessions can be rescheduled subject to availability.
Is there an age limit?
There are no age limits with paddle craft. With motorized rentals you must possess a driver’s licence to rent a boat or SeaDoo. With our wakeboard, surf, and ski charters we have had guests as young as four and as old as 80 behind the boat. All of our coaches have the skills and experience to help anyone get up successfully. In all cases, you must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver and release of liability on your behalf if you are under 19.
Does Wakepilot rent boats?
Yes, we have boats and personal watercraft available for rent. Prices include fuel and lifevests. Boards, skis and tubes are available to rent. We also have “charters” where you get a driver who is also your coach (Wakepilot coaches compete at the national level and have the skills to actually be called a “coach”). Because all of our charter packages are private, you get a boat to yourself for the time you book. Our charter rates also include fuel as well as boards, skis, surfers, vests, etc. If you are new to boating and towed watersports, Wakepilot is by far the safest and most hassle-free option around.
I’ve never been wakeboarding or waterskiing. Is Wakepilot for me?
Absolutely, YES! In fact, there is no better way to be introduced to towed watersports than in the capable hands of Wakepilot staff. We have the best boats and equipment on the lake, but more importantly our staff have the skills and experience to teach every level of rider. If you are thinking of renting a boat and teaching the kids to ski or wakeboard with little to no experience yourself, please consider coming out on a Wakepilot charter first. THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Seriously, if you want a safe and hassle-free experience on the water, the decision is obvious. Your chances of succeeding go up exponentially with Wakepilot and you do it in style – in a brand new top-of-the-line wakeboard boat. If you want to head out on the lake with the family, wind in the hair with you at the helm – well we can take care of that too with one of our rental boats.
Will other riders be added to my charter?
No. All of our lesson packages are private. The boat will be exclusively yours for the time you have booked. Think of this like an all-inclusive watersports charter. The boat is all yours so bring your friends, even if they just want to watch! Pricing is based on time booked, NOT per person.
How much time should I book?
A good rule of thumb is 30 minutes per rider. For example, if you are a family of four and only the kids are going to get in the water behind the boat, then an hour is a good place to start. If you are a group of eight friends and everyone is participating, we would suggest four hours. This rule of thumb can be adjusted up and down according to experience level. You may want to allow slightly more time if you are new to towed watersports. Likewise, a group of experienced riders may not need 30 minutes per person. Something to keep in mind is most people want more time not less. There’s nothing we hate more than having return to the dock for our next group when you are just getting the hang of it!
Can Wakepilot pick us up at our waterfront property?
Wakepilot can pick up at the following waterfront properties for watersports charters:
Casa Del Lago
Casa Del Mila Oro
Desert Sunrise (Town) Marina (Watermark guests)
Island View RV Resort
Nk’Mip RV Park (Spirit Ridge guests)
Safari Beach Resort
Village On the Lake
If booking online, simply specify your desired pick up spot upon checkout. If booking by phone, just let our concierge know you are staying at one of these properties and we will come to you!
Where is Wakepilot located?
We are located at Walnut Beach Marina at 4200 Lakeshore Drive. From main street (Highway 97) turn south on Lakeshore Drive (this intersection is in front of the entrance to the Best Western on the east side of Osoyoos). Walnut Beach Resort is approximately one km along Lakeshore Drive on the right hand side (water-side) of the street. Street parking is plentiful. To the right of the main entrance to the property is a gated footpath that winds around the north (righthand) side of the building. Occasionally the gate locks itself. If this happens, just reach over the hip-high gate and open it from the other side. The path takes you directly to the Wakepilot shack where one of our smiling crew will greet you. If we aren’t there when you arrive, we are likely on the dock with guests. We will be back in time for the on-time departure of your reservation.
Can I surf if I’ve never wakeboarded?
We strongly suggest you wakeboard first. The mechanics of getting up on a wakeboard is very similar to a wakesurfer. Because your feet aren’t strapped in to the surfer, it is more challenging to get up on. If surfing is your goal, wakeboard first, then we’ll move you onto surfing just as soon as you’re proficient at getting up on the wakeboard. The good news is surfing is easy behind Wakepilot boats. Our G-Series Nautiques are new every year from our sponsor, Wizard Lake Marine, and incorporate the latest wave-generating technologies. These wakes are HUGE and easy to ride for all levels.