Is it possible to rent a float plane with a private pilot's license?

Flying floats is one of the main attractions for me to learn to fly. However, after some searching on the internet I can only find wheeled aircraft that are available for rent in my area. Am I missing something? Are there flying clubs or partnerships that have float planes available? I would love to fly floats but owning a seaplane is not in the cards for me at this point in my life.

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    $\begingroup$ Do you have a float rating? (Upon rereading your question, it sounds like you might be looking for float training. Is that right?) $\endgroup$ Jan 30, 2014 at 22:27
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    $\begingroup$ I do not have a float rating or a private pilots license yet, all I've done is an introductory flight which I really enjoyed! I want to pursue flying but curious if I can expect the ability to rent float planes once I have all of the proper training. $\endgroup$
    – Pete
    Jan 30, 2014 at 23:30

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The Seaplane Pilot's Association publishes a Water Landing Directory that includes seaplane facilities and flight planning maps for cross countries. This lists facilities that offer seaplane rental's. There is a discounted price on the directory for SPA members.


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