Have you seen those jet ski riders out there having the time of their life and wanted to join in on the action? Well, access to a PWC is significantly cheaper than outright buying one!
In most states, it costs between $90 and $350 to rent a jet ski. You’ll get to experience more if you pay more. A $90 hire is typically shorter, around 30-minutes, while paying $300 will get 2 to 3 hours of riding time on an organized tour where you can open the throttle up to 40-knots.
There are also restrictions on their use, but on the flip side, opportunities to decrease that price further than advertised. In this guide, we’ll look at ways you can get out there riding, even if you’re on a very tight budget.
Jet Ski Rental Prices
The price you pay is based on supply and demand as well as local area conditions. For instance, it’s typically much cheaper to hire a jet ski in Thailand than in most other countries, but you’ll have to watch out for the Thailand Jet Ski Scam!
In the United States and Australia, $90 is the bare minimum that you’ll pay. This is generally just a small circuit where you go around in circles and don’t really get to experience much fun.
My recommendation is to book a proper tour which is at least $200. Sometimes you’ll find discounts on the popular deal websites instead of booking directly or even score some discounts from the tours desk of popular hotel chains.
Why pay up? Because you’ll get to experience so much more. Often the induction time for jet ski tours is at least 20 minutes so you’ll spend almost as long listening to a lecture as you do riding! Plus you get to go so much further, potentially knocking over some waves in the ocean too!
What You Get
When you hire a jet ski, not only are you given a brief introduction on how to ride it, but a life jacket and sometimes a dry bag to put your gear.
Most commonly, the 2021 Yamaha VX or Sea-Doo GTI will be your ride for the day. These are a step up from the entry-level series and provide good control without the arm-pulling power of a supercharged engine. There is no need to restrict these engines and you’ll be able to achieve up to 40 miles or 60 kilometres per hour if you are riding solo.
In addition, you can often take a pillion passengers with you. Keep in mind that this will slow your jet ski down considerably and you’ll feel some pressure in your midsection while your passenger holds on! The jet ski tour organizer will ask you to ride at the back of the group since you’ll be slower.
How To Save Money
The best way to save money on a jet ski rental is by looking for package deals. Often if you combine jet ski rental with sky diving and para-sailing, then you’ll save 10% or more on the combined value than if you were to choose ala carte.
Some jet ski rental businesses also give discounts if you’re over the age of 25 and if you have a jet ski licence already. You might have to show your insurance documentation and proof of vaccination before you go riding, depending on your location and rules in force at the time.
While it’s often far cheaper to buy a jet ski outright than rent one over the long term, it does remain a fantastic way to get into the hobby to see whether it’s worth you buying a brand new toy. And of course, that experience is best had when you hire for at least an hour, if not two, so you can really get out there and explore on your local waterways!