Have you ever wondered whether there are any places worth riding a jet ski in the United Kingdom? There are hundreds of owners, but where do they ride and where can you hire one?
I’ve created this guide to answer this very question. You’ll find that the best riding spots are in England as opposed to Scottland or Ireland given the easier access to waterways and the generally larger population.
Best Places to Ride Jet Skis in the United Kingdom
Right – the UK isn’t quite so well known for having the best weather and with a short summer season, it’s little wonder that boats and PWCs aren’t the hottest selling items. Canal boats really are the exception here.
Then again, I have found some popular riding areas where you can explore from behind the handlebars. Places where you’ll actually come across other jet ski owners in the United Kingdom too.
Most people in the United Kingdom ride at these locations:
1. Pembrokeshire, Wales
In Pembrokeshire, y ou’ll come across the Monkstone Jet Ski Club which was formed over 20 years ago to protect the interests of PWC riders while providing an outlet for those to get together for friendships and fun. Not only can you go jet ski riding, but the club also provides opportunities to learn sailing and other types of watersports.
2. Torbay, South Devon
A popular place where jet ski riders visit is Torbay. You’ll find just under 30 nautical miles of coastline to let the throttle open on. Registering with the Harbour Authority is necessary if you’re close to Torbay Habour and you can also reach Torquay, Brixham and Paignton harbours too as well as the local estuaries and rivers.
3. Mudeford Quay, Dorset
If you want to ride year-round, then my recommendation is that you join the Mudeford Personal Watercraft Club. There is almost 100 members now and they meet very regularly to go jet ski riding together. You’ll be surprised at the amount of coastlines that they cover including Dorset and Hampshire as well as Swanage Bay and Southampton Waters. Highly recommended!
4. Colwyn Bay, Wales
Another on the list for Wales is Colwyn Bay and just like the others, you’ll find a jet ski club here too! They’re the oldest jet ski club in the United Kingdom and members get to associate themselves with other families who share their same passions. So much to explore and they have frequent group rides with families welcome.
5. Sale, Cheshire
If you’re looking for a small jet ski club but welcomes beginners with open arms, then you’ll want to head over to Sale and join the Trafford Water Sports Centre. You can get an annual membership and they operate year-round. This is a freshwater environment which is perfect if the swell is too extreme to launch and explore the coastlines. As it’s a lake, you can only ride here if you’re a member of the club and you’ll need to get in touch with them first.
Hire Jet Skis in the United Kingdom
Perhaps full ownership isn’t your thing but you still want to experience the joy of riding without having to jump on a plane and visit south-east Asia.
Well, there are some places in the UK where you can hire jet skis even without a licence. This includes Nene Valley Water Ski in Northampton and Jet Ski Safaris in Poole, Bournemouth. These operate both tours for those who want someone to guide them and as well as free-range hire where you can ride yourself at your own pace.
Either way – it’s evident that there are certainly some great riding around and unlike the tropics, you won’t get the crowds to deal with. Just get yourself some good thermals and wear a helmet to keep the cold wind away from the nostrils…then you’ll be set for a fun day out there while everyone else is down at the pub.
Stay safe and I’ll catch you out there!