Sometimes you need that surge of excitement after weeks of the same old routine, and the perfect way to get that rush is to ride across the waves in a sleek and stylish jet ski!
Feel the water splash across your face as the adrenaline runs through your body, and you dash from wake to wake.
Breakaway Cruises wants to give you the opportunity to make this fantasy a reality as we offer the best jet ski rentals in all of South Padre Island. Come see the beautiful Laguna Madre up close and personal, and have the vacation of a lifetime!
Don’t know how to ride a jet ski? No problem at all! Breakaway Cruises has created a short beginner’s guide for jet skiing, so take a look and start planning your jet ski journey!
How To Ride and Rent a Jet Ski Near Me
For anyone new to the world of jet skiing, the first thing you need to learn is how to ride a jet ski. Check out this short guide to get a bit more comfortable with jet skis:
- Pull yourself onboard and get comfortable in the seat. Rest your feet in the pockets below and put your hands on the handlebars in front of you.
- If you have ever run on a treadmill or something similar, you’ll be familiar with a kill switch cord. This is something you attach to yourself (like a lanyard) and connect it to the key. Essentially, if you fall off, the jet ski will stop.
- Switch on the ignition and gently push the throttle. Drift slowly away from shore into deeper water, getting used to the throttle sensitivity before going any faster.
- Once you’re a safe distance from the shore and away from where a lot of other watercraft are passing, you can start building up speed!
- Make sure you keep up speed when making turns (we’ll cover this more later), and stay vigilant for other people and boats around you.
Now that we’ve discussed the basics of operating a jet ski, let’s talk about what you should bring and expect.
What To Bring On Your Jet Skiing Adventure!
When it’s time to cruise the waves, it’s important to remember all the essentials to optimize the experience. We’ve made a shortlist of things you should bring along with you on your next ride:
- A map or GPS device to avoid losing your way
- A signaling device such as a horn
- A backfire flame arrestor & ventilation system
- A fire extinguisher
- A life jacket or other approved personal flotation device
- A bathing suit and other proper water wear, particularly gloves
- Don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses, or hat if you want to prevent a nasty sunburn
- Be fully certified as a PWC Class A certification or any license the state requires for driving a PWC
- Any and all required safety equipment as designated by your certification
- Vessel registration with all the necessary decals
- Always keep an eye on your fuel levels
Note that Breakaway Cruises will provide most of these necessities when you rent a jet ski with us; this is simply the broad overview. All safety equipment and vehicle documentation are part of the package with our rentals, which are Coast Guard-approved.
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Beyond the Basics: More Advice for Riders
Now that we’ve covered all the fundamentals, Breakaway Cruises wants to offer some more tips before you hit the waves:
Safety Before Everything: The Dos and Don’ts of Jet Skiing
- Know the Rules of the Waves – Just like cars on the road, PWC and other boats have rules. Remember what you learned in your certification classes and review if you need to! Overconfidence when you’re learning can lead to a lot of avoidable problems.
- Splashdown and Reboarding – People fall off jet skis all the time, however, knowing what to do when this happens is vital. If you find yourself in the water, don’t panic. Just reboard from the back of the PWC using the handles behind the seat to lift yourself onto the jet ski. Note: only one person should attempt to board at a time.
- Stop the Wobbling – For first-timers, especially, making sure the PWC stays straight can be tough. Some things to avoid are staring at the handlebars or right in front of the boat. Instead, you should keep your head in the air and look off ahead of you into the distant blue sea. Alternatively, fixating on a stationary object like an island or buoy can solve the problem!
- The Throttle Is Your Friend – Because jet skis are powered by the jet that blasts water out of the back, movement requires the jet to be pumping water. If you let go of the throttle, your ability to make a sharp or any turn will be lowered. The last thing you’d want on your fun day is a collision so remember to face the emergency with your hands on the throttle, so you can steer away from it.
How To Get Better!
- How To Become a Wake Jumping Pro – There are few rushes quite like jumping a crashing wake on a speeding jet ski. While it can seem frightening, keep in mind to cross at a 90-degree angle and pull up to jump over the wake. If you push through the wake instead of pulling up, you’ll lose momentum. If you stick with it, you’ll be an expert in no time!
- Go With the Flow – For a lot of first-time riders, they let their nerves get the better of them and feel it later. This is because they are tensing up throughout the entire experience instead of relaxing their grip and stance slightly. Don’t lean too far forward though – you don’t want to risk hitting the handlebars!
- Tips for Passengers – While it’s important to hold onto your driver tightly to stay onboard, you don’t want to hold on too strongly. If you do, it may make it harder for you and your driver to have an exciting ride.
Rent a Jet Ski With Breakaway Cruises!
Now that you understand the basics, it’s time to journey across the Laguna Madre with Breakaway Cruises! Use the tips you’ve learned here to dominate the waves and leap over the wake, like the dolphins you’ll no doubt see around you. We offer an experience unlike any other!
If you still have any questions, feel free to check out our website, send us an email, or give us a call. We’re here to answer your jet ski questions!