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Can You Ride a Jet Ski Wearing Just a Bikini?

People who are new to jet ski riding often ask me what they should be wearing and naturally, I give them some good advice. Surprisingly, so few actually ask what they shouldn’t be wearing.

Bikinis and Jet Skis

Women often come along as pillion passengers on jet skis, whether as a date idea or some fun with friends. Some choose to take the controls which is seriously fun. If this is your first time, then heed this warning:

It’s dangerous to ride a jet ski wearing just a bikini. While it looks atheistic in brochures, marketing materials and on Instagram reels, it isn’t realistic or safe to wear such little protection. At high speeds, you can severely damage your skin if you were to crash or simply fall off.

Let’s not forget that wearing so little puts you at risk of skin cancer, especially in Australia where I live. Essentially, you’d be crazy to go almost naked on a jet ski at high speeds.

What You Should Wear

Well then, what should women wear while riding along as a passenger on a jet ski?

In an ideal world, I’d recommend a full-size wetsuit but this may not be practical where you live. For instance, it may be too hot or you may not have access to one.

Aim to wear a rashie at a minimum to cover your chest area. You’ll find these at most sports stores for under $50. This O’Neill rashie on Amazon will give some basic protection for women riding jet skis.

You can also dig up an old pair of yoga pants to protect your lets. You’ll need to wear underwear with these in case they split. This can happen as the material can become quite wet and saltwater and sand can make the material brittle.

You might also want to wear a helmet and jet ski shoes too to make your day our riding so much better.

What Could Happen

Falling off at high speeds means that you’ll get a nasty sting as you make contact with the water. Sure – your life jacket will give some protection to your chest and back area, but your legs, arms and hands will be exposed. Trust me – it’s gonna hurt!

That said, if you’re travelling at under 20 knots, then it’s reasonable to wear just a bikini. Even for just some Insta-glam shots. You’re unlikely to fall off unless it’s really choppy and any contact with the water will be mild.

Under 40-knots and you can get away with normal beach attire on a jet ski such as shorts, t-shirt or rashie. Not preferred but if you rarely go out riding, it’s good start at least.

The jet ski hire businesses near me are often happy to take people on tours wearing normal beach clothing. They always stick to under 40 knots and rarely have an issue.

In Summary

It doesn’t cost a fortune to give yourself some protection out there on the water. Shorts and a T-shirt aren’t quite adequate and might irritate your skin. For novice riders/owners, a normal rashie is reasonable while a full-size wetsuit is preferred once you start going beyond 40-knots.

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7 Best GoPro Jet Ski Mounts For Capturing The Best Films

If the sun’s out, then it’s time to grab the GoPro and jump on the jet ski for an epic day out there on the water.

But there’s just one problem…how do you mount it? And where do you mount it? And most importantly….how do you know it aint going to fall off when you’re blasting along in heavy chop?

A conundrum that’s been puzzling PWC owners for years now. Fortunately, I’ve done the research to find you some reliable solutions.

These are the best jet ski mounts for a GoPro:

1. GoPro Handlebar Mount For Jet Ski

Depending on the make/model of your jet ski, you may be able to mount your GoPro right there on your handlebar. It’s really down to your handlebar type and typically it’s the rec-lite or performance jet skis which allow you to mount straight onto the handlebars.

2. GoPro Suction Cup Mount

To save the plastics on your jet ski for a better resale value, you’ll want to go with a suction cup mount. Some of the cheaper ones on Amazon are just flimsy and fall off easily, but the proper mounts from GoPro are awesome. That is – if you mount them on a flat part on the front of your jet ski.

3. Floating Suction GoPro Mount

Now I’ve had a few GoPro mounts over the years and my biggest fear was having the mount fall off into the water. That’s why I never leave the boat ramp without a floating GoPro mount. In fact, I’ve got 2 of these with the other in the front storage locker for my car keys.

4. RAM Mount For Jet Skis

On days when I don’t feel like riding my jet ski, I opt for the canoe or head out on the boat. And this is where I always have a RAM mount fitted for my GoPro and my cell phone.

These are made in America and are just brilliant as a product. If you don’t like the cheap Chinese stuff like myself, then you’ll feel more confident with one of these mounts on your jet ski…though they are quite pricey too. And yes, you’ll need to drill some holes so don’t drill this into a PWC that you’re planning to sell your machine anytime soon.

5. GoPro Flexible Clamp

This is my least favourite on this list. The flexibility of this GoPro mount means that there is too much bounce or flex when you’re riding at high speeds.

On the upside, you can clip this to the front of your PWC where the front locker is. I’ve known of guys who have removed the front lid so they can get a firm clip inside.

6. Headstrap Camera Mount

Again, another way to avoid drilling a GoPro mount onto your jet ski handlebar is to use a head strap. You’ll get the highest possible view where you can film the front of your jet ski hull. Better yet – your viewers will be able to see side by side as you look…while coincidently providing you with some creative sun protection!

What I love about this option is that you can use this for far more than just jet ski riding. If you’re into tow sports, then a head strap mount is perfect. The chest mount below would get in the way due to the tow rope often being held at chest height.

7. GoPro Chest Harness

I’ve left the best until last. One of the biggest problems with mounting your GoPro on the front of your jet ski is the constant bouncing of the hull on a choppy day. Even a calm day can see the video footage being too ‘bumpty’ to ever make it to YouTube standards.

If you mount your GoPro to your chest, you’ll find the video footage to be more stabilised. This is because your body is absorbing a lot of the shocks when you’re blasting across the water at more than 40 knots. I find this a better option personally than a head strap mount as there is less lean-over in the corners.

The best part? They can see the speedometer and handlebar controls. I find that the YouTube audience enjoys that view as much as the scenery as you’re riding along.

Getting Started

There you go! That’s 7 secure GoPro mounts to capture those epic moments out there on the waterways. From there, spend some quality time editing and get that footage up on YouTube! We’d love to feature it right here on Jet Ski Advice and get you some extra views.

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Is It Worth Installing Mirrors on a Jet Ski?

Often people ask me if installing mirrors on a jet ski is actually worth the hassle? Well, my reply is generally along the lines of this:

Jet ski mirrors are a good choice to have, however, they shouldn’t be relied upon on the waterways. Unlike car mirrors, a mirror on a PWC are much smaller and often have some blind spots. It’s recommended that riders still look over their shoulders, much like a motorcycle rider does, before altering directions on the waterways.

There are instances where having these fitted do have their merits which I’ll get into.

Using Jet Ski Mirrors For Tow Sports

The main use of mirrors isn’t casual jet ski riding. Instead, they’re designed for keeping an eye on those on tubes, wake boards or skis. Certainly it’ll prevent a lot of neck strain.

Just keep in mind that the mirrors aren’t only small, but they’re not sitting at the eye-line of the driver like a car. Instead, like a motorcycle, they’re slightly lower and aren’t showing fully everything behind, so keep an eye out of the blind spots and don’t depend entirely on those mirrors. It’s why you have a pillion passenger after all.

Use PWC Mirrors For Solo Riding

For most riders, using mirrors on a jet ski when riding solo is almost pointless. At any more than 30-knots, the continual bouncing of your hull means the mirrors are going to be hard to focus in on.

Sure – you’ll spot a cruise ship but it’s going to be hard to spot another jet ski out there. This is why you really need to LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER and not just your mirrors before hooking a turn!

New Rider Training

One of the biggest traps for new jet ski riders is an excessive reliance on mirrors. They’re just not the same as motorcycle mirrors. Sure – use them on occasions, such as checking how sunburnt you’ve become, but for all other reasons – you should avoid using them.

Should I Buy Jet Ski Mirrors?

That depends. I would recommend jet ski mirrors for tow sports but you shouldn’t depend entirely on these. They certainly can make things a little easier for unloading your jet ski too, but there isn’t much else as a benefit.

Here are several great jet ski mirrors for the Sea-Doo Spark and Yamaha Ex:

You can also purchase these from your local dealership if your current mirrors need to be replaced.

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12 Popular Sea-Doo Spark Accessories + Upgrades Worth Considering

Right – you’ve just come home from the dealership with a brand-spanking new Sea-Doo Spark and are wanting to make it even better.

Or perhaps you’ve been out a few times and just wish it could be a little more…everything.

Disappointments aside, you’re probably not at the stage just yet that you’re listing her for sale in lieu of a more powerful jet ski. So in this guide, I wanted to show you some affordable accessories you can add to your Sea-Doo Spark so you can have more fun out there on the waterways.

Let’s begin!

Best Sea-Doo Spark Accessories and Upgrades

I did a lot of hunting around to make this super easy for you. After all, the Spark has the potential to be a better ski but at this price-point, Sea-Doo does have to cut some corners.

These Sea-Doo Spark accessories are the most popular:

1. Swimming Platform Reboarding Step

One of the best investments you’ll ever make into your new jet ski is a reboarding step. It affixes on to the ride side of the transom and has some grip so your knee doesn’t slide off. Pretty easy to install this one yourself or likewise you can take it down to the dealership if needed. Often this is an upgrade that they recommend when you’re buying the jet ski in the showroom.

2. Sea-Doo Spark Fenders

These snap-in finders which mount along your hull without any tools or drilling are a must if you dock often. After all, you want to protect your hull from damage for a decent resale value. They’re also bright red and the benefit is that they’re easy to see at nighttime launching/retrieving at the boat ramp or in setting or rising sun where glare can hamper your vision.

3. Manual Mechanical Reverse Kit

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Sea-Doo Spark is that they don’t come with iBR and it isn’t something to expect at this price point. Then again, the Spark isn’t designed as a speed demon but if you did want to install a reverse system on a Sea-Doo Spark, then this is the perfect upgrade.

4. Knee Pads

Going back to the cheap nature of the Spark, it doesn’t come with the hull cushioning that other luxury or performance-orientated jet skis have. Plus the null is quite narrow so you do have space to let your legs sit out wider, but it’s nice to have some knee pads so you can rest comfortably.

5. Storage Cover

If you’re going to winterize your Sea-Doo Spark, one of the key accessories is having a cover. This way you can avoid dust, critters and mould from building up over the winter months. While you can get cheaper covers on Amazon, I do advocate that you spend that extra coin on proper Sea-Doo covers as they fit like a glove.

6. Front Deflector and Cargo Bin Compartment

If you want your Sea-Doo Spark to not only look a little different but have some storage for a towel and water bottle, then this is what you need. I was blown away by how easy this is to install (about 10 minutes) and the drain holes at the bottom meant that any water that got in didn’t hang around. It’s not water-proof but if you’re just coasting around then you won’t have much to worry about.

7. LinQ Base Kit

You might think this small little attachment plate doesn’t fit this list so well, but it does! By installing the LinQ Base Kit you’ll actually open up a whole world of options including being able to mount an extra gas can, a fishing rod system or a cooler on the back of your Sea-Doo Spark. Well worth it for the minimal price you’ll pay for this.

8. Handle Grips

The stock Sea-Doo Spark grips are pretty ordinary so a great upgrade is installing some more ergonomic grips to hang on to. I recommend these which you’ll typically see on performance and luxury jet skis and they’re designed for larger hands.

9. Speed Tie Mooring Docking System

What is this weird contraption you might ask? Well, it’s designed to make your docking so much better. Essentially, it’s a retractable tie down line for use at the boat ramp and the dock. It’s not cheap but if you struggle with this part of your day and messing around with ropes, then it’s well worth it. To install, I recommend checking out some YouTube videos as Sea-Doo themselves are a bit vague with their instruction manual.

10. Spark Rear Deck Grip Floor Mat Gripper

Once the rear of your Sea-Doo Spark gets wet, things can get a little slippery, unfortunately. This is why I’m always recommending new owners to get some gripper foam. While you can get some cheap materials from the hardware store used on RVs, Sea-Doo has its own proper floor mats which will make getting back onboard so much easier and safer!

11. Tow Pro Ski Pylon Spotter and Wake Board Rack

While I don’t advocate that you use the Sea-Doo Spark for tow sports, some people do use it for taking the kids around the lake at slow speeds. If that’s you, then getting the ski pylon is a must as it’ll stop the rope from potentially getting wrapped in the impeller.

12. Spark PWC Extended Range Variable Trim System (VTS)

The Variable Trim System upgrade for the Sea-Doo Spark is one of the better accessories to invest in, provided you’ll keep your PWC for the long term. In simple terms, the VTS on a Sea-Doo Spark adjusts your angle on the water so you can tilt down slightly, tilt up slightly or stay perfectly flat. It all depends on the conditions at the time and if you’re doing jumps or towing others. Certainly one great feature to have which you’ll find on many luxury jet skis!

In Summary

There we have it! 12 awesome accessories and upgrades that you probably didn’t know about. I hope these can help you enjoy a better day out there on the waterways without breaking the bank.

Also…unlucky 13 would be a pair of Sea-Doo Spark mirrors. Generally I don’t recommend these as you can’t rely on them in the same way that you rely on car mirrors, but for a beginner, they do give some peace of mind.

If you’re wanting to use your Spark for fishing, then start with the very low cost LinQ attachment I featured above. This will open up more possibilities including the Sea-Doo cooler which does fit the Spark easily.

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7 Reasons NOT To Buy A Sea-Doo Spark

Ah yes, the Sea-Doo Spark…a jet ski that revolutionised the industry and brought affordability to those who otherwise couldn’t afford to spend $12k and above.

But for the uninitiated, you might come to realize that, despite all slick marketing videos, the Sea-Doo Spark just isn’t worth it. For most people, at least. 🙃

After all, for only a little extra, you can get yourself a GTI which comes with a whole host of extra features including more power and most importantly, less judgement at the boat ramp.

(Indeed, a real issue which you’ll experience if you decide to buy the Spark, though the Trixx does command some respect ’cause it’s pretty damn fun!)

So in this guide, I’ll show you 7 reasons why you wouldn’t want to buy a Spark and instead spend that little extra on the GTI. Because quite simply, the price difference isn’t that great after all.

Author’s note: I’m a Sea-Doo advocate with a genuine love for the brand, and in some cases, the Spark does have some value which I’ll cover later in the article.

Anyway, let’s begin!

Here are 7 reasons why the Sea-Doo Park isn’t worth it:

1. The Sea-Doo Spark is Slow

Yep, they’re slow. Not super slow but you can expect a Sea-Doo Park to reach a maximum of 42 MPH, or 67km. You’ll be even slower with a passenger and a full tank of fuel.

That said – some waterways are limited to 40-knots anyway or you may not need to go that fast. But if you’re looking for some speed, then you’ll get bored of this pretty quickly.

2. Difficult to Handle in Swell

The Sea-Doo Spark falls into the Recreational-Lite category which only became popular recently. These PWCs are made more cheaply and thus use lightweight components.

I like to joke that you can just about lift a Sea-Doo Spark off the trailer with another set of hands on the other side. This lightweight nature is akin to taking a canoe into the ocean. Sure…you can do it…but you may not be smiling after 20 minutes.

3. Underpowered For Tow-Sports

The Sea-Doo Spark is capable of tow sports including taking kids on tube, however it is very lacking in power with 2 passengers. Add in a child on a tube and there’s going to be quite a bit of strain on that little 1000cc engine which might see an expiry earlier than the typical 200 hours.

Keep in mind that in some districts, you can’t actually use a jet ski with 2 seats for tow-sports. You can only do tow sports with a 3 seat jet ski such as the 3UP. Why? Because 1 seat is for the driver, 1 is for the spotter and the 3rd seat is reserved for the individual on the wakeboard or tube. Thus, some people have to write-off the 2UP Spark as a choice for tow sports.

4. Difficult For Swimming & Snorkeling

In addition to cruising the waterways, doing some fishing and even trying some mild jumps, you might want to use your jet ski for swimming and snorkeling. For instance, it’s very popular here in Queensland to ride to Tangalooma and explore the wrecks with a jet ski.

The problem is…the Sea-Doo Spark not only has a super tiny swim deck, but getting on and off the ski can cause it to capsize if you’re a heavier person like me. So something to be really mindful of and a key reason why dealers steer customers in the direction of the GTI or even the GTR.

5. Very Limited Upgrades

There are several Sea-Doo Spark upgrades but most enthusiasts say “What’s the point? It’s a Spark!” but hey, at least Sea-Doo is trying. I guess people buy the Ski and quickly realize that it isn’t as powerful as they hoped, so they look to upgrade it or sell it soon after with low hours. If there is one upgrade I can recommend, it’s a reboarding ladder which will make your life infinitely easier and reduce the risk of capsizing!

6. Feels Like A Toy Jet Ski

Yep, I’m gonna say it and I’m going to get blasted for it too! It does feel like a toy but it is to be expected at this price-point. Sea-Doo literally can’t afford to put a nice hull and a powerful and responsive engine between your legs when you aren’t paying top dollar. The feeling of having a toy on the water just doesn’t fill me with confidence especially in the windy seasons or high tidal variations.

7. Attracts Many Critics

When you rock up to the boat ramp and you see numerous other jet ski owners launching or retriving, you’ll probalby want to have a friendly chat. Unless they also own Sparks, that might not go down so well. Mocking Spark owners has become quite popular actually, and sadly, to the detriment of the Sea-Doo brand. Keep that in mind as you’ll need to be a little thick-skinned and avoid the judgement of others for your choice of PWC.

Who Would Buy a Sea-Doo Spark?

Right – enough hate. There are still merits in the Spark hence why it’s one of the most popular jet skis around town.

People who buy these jet skis generally:

  • Want to introduce their children and teenagers to the sport with an easy to handle ski in calm lakes and river systems.
  • Have a dual jet ski trailer and understand the performance-orientated jet skis have an excessive beam to go side by side.
  • Aren’t looking to use their jet ski often, perhaps only every month or so and care little about performance or the judgement of others.
  • FInally – are looking for the most affordable jet ski for fishing. The Spark wins easily here, though it’s better suited for calm waterways of course.

If that sounds like you, then you’ve found the perfect PWC for you. Otherwise, spend the extra dollars for the GTI.

Final Thoughts

Before the haters arrive, let me make one thing certain – the Spark is still a great ski. It fills a gap in the market and addresses people who just want to get out there. If price is a problem for you and you’ve been waiting years, then wait no longer!

It’s light, fun and nimble especially for the smaller riders or those that just want to cruise along. It has its loyal fans yet a greater amount of critics too. If you can handle the critics, then get yourself a Spark.

Otherwise, for just a little more moolah than the 3UP, the GTI is well worth it and simply the best value ski around. In my opinion, it can do just about anything you want out there.

Speaking of which, I can’t wait to see you out there on the waterways!

Joshua Smith - Editor of JetSkiAdvice.com

As the editor, I started this resource to share my knowledge of jet ski ownership globally. When I’m not out there riding, I’m engaging with industry trends and eagerly awaiting the development of electric jet skis.

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