4 Best Jet Ski Rental Stores in Chicago With Low Prices

Chicago Jet Ski Rental

Are you looking to rent a jet ski in Chicago? Then you’re in the right place!

I’ve found some of the best jet ski rental stores around the city, on the beach and Lake Michigan so you can make the most of summer. And no – these won’t cost you a fortune this weekend.

Let’s begin!

1. Chicago Water Sport Rentals

Chicago Water Sport Rentals are one of the longest-running rental businesses in the city. You’ll find them at 31st Street Harbor and they run from May until September each year.

2. Jet Ski Chicago

The runner-up on our list is Jet Ski Chicago. You only need to be 18 years of age to rent a jet ski here provided you have a credit card for an insurance deposit. They’re on North Ave Beach (1600 N Lake Short Dr) and offer both hire and tours for reasonable prices.

3. Chicago Jet Ski Rentals

If you want a no-frills solution, then Chicago Jet Ski Rentals are a great way to go. They’re open every day throughout summer so you can avoid those weekend crowds! You’ll find them at 31st Street Harbor south of Navy Pier.

4. Southside Chicago Jet Ski Rentals

Southside Chicago Jet Ski Rentals are one of the newest operators on the scene and operate from beautiful Lake Michigan. You can take your kids along for a day of fun and excitement. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find out exactly where to find these guys.


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from the Jet Ski Advice community.

How much does it cost to rent a jet ski in Chicago?

$59 to $350 depending on the length of hire. Overnight hires begin at $300. You can get a discount if you hire more than one personal watercraft at a time since group bookings attract reasonable discounts.

How old do you have to be to rent a jetski in Chicago?

Most jet ski rental stores require riders to be at least 21 years old, however, some allow riders as young as 18. Passengers need to be at least 12 years of age.

Can I ride a jet ski in Chicago without a licence?

Yes. If you hire a jet ski from one of these water sport rental stores, then you’ll be able to ride unlicensed either on a set circuit or organized tour. You’ll be fully supervised during the experience and can ride up to 40-knots on the water using the latest recreational jet skis.

Can I ride a jet ski in the Chicago River?

No. The Chicago River has a low-speed limit and is mostly a no-wake zone. It’s best to ride a PWC in the lake.

In Summary

Renting a jet ski is a heck of a lot of fun! It’s the perfect segway into owning your own jet ski, whether for fishing or recreation. In any case, I’ll catch you out there!

Jet Ski Licence Requirements in Australia: State by State

Australia Jet Ski Licencsing

Welcome my fellow Australian! In this guide, I’m going to show you the jet ski licensing and riding conditions on a state-by-state (and territory) basis.

For those short on time and who need to know the facts upfront…

In most states of Australia, jet ski riders must be over the age of 16 to legally ride unsupervised. To ride solo, they will require a boat and PWC licence but are granted an exemption if they hire a jet ski from a registered operator under supervision. Children under the age of 16 may ride a jet ski with their licenced parents sitting behind, or if riding solo, it is ridden on private property.

Previously, the AAOK Lakes Resort on Lake Bennett (private property) in Darwin offered jet ski rental to children but this has ceased in recent years due to liability concerns. Northern Territory itself doesn’t provide marine licences nor a requirement to register a jet ski or boat for private use, so you can ride as young as you would like to.

This is a state-by-state breakdown for jet ski licence requirements in Australia, paying close attention to minimum age. Current information is effective as of November 2021.

New South Wales

According to Service NSW, you’ll be eligible for a PWC licence if you are at least 12 years of age and already hold a general boat licence. There is no separate on-water test for this, but you’ll need to pass the PWC licence knowledge test.


In Victoria, the rules are more conservative. You can get a marine licence if you are at least 12 years of age, however, you’ll need to be 16 to get a PWC endorsement. This is a test featuring 15 multiple-choice questions, with 13 needing to be correct to qualify for passing marks. You can find some practice tests here.


Queensland residents must be at least 16 years of age to apply for both a boat and jet ski licence. You’ll need to do a course with a practical component for both boating and jet ski riding, and then apply for your QLD jet ski licence within 6 months of receiving your statement of competency.

Western Australia

There is no formal jet ski licence in Western Australia, nor is there a marine licence. Instead, it’s called a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket and the course also covers jet ski usage briefly. Better yet, there are no ongoing fees to pay to the government! You’ll need to be at least 14 years of age to ride a jet ski on your own in Western Australia, but only to a maximum of 8 knots and during daylight hours. Once you turn 16, both restrictions immediately cease.

South Australia

South Australia has very stringent rules for jet ski use. For instance, you can’t use them before 8am any day (it’s 9am for Sundays) and certainly not past 8pm on any day. Riders need to be at least 16 years old and have a boat operator’s licence. There is no separate licence for jet skis in South Australia.


In Tasmania, you’ll need to have a boat licence then apply for a PWC endorsement after completing the PWWC Practical Course. Only two companies provide these – Surf Life Saving Tasmania and BoatBiz. In addition, you’ll need to be at least 12 years old to ride with a parent on the back, or 17 if you would like to ride solo.

Northern Territory

Appreciate complete freedom? The Northern Territory does NOT have any boat or jet ski licences or requirements for any age. A 7-year-old kid can take a jet ski out anytime he or she wants without an adult on the back. There is also no need to register any privately owned marine vessel.

Australian Capital Territory

We are currently awaiting feedback from the ACT Government as to minimum age requirements for jet ski use in their state. That said – you can’t use a jet ski on Lake Burley Griffin anyway, and given the land-locked nature of the ACT, we believe that most people would fall under NSW jurisdiction.

6 Legal Places to Jet Ski in Massachusetts Worth Riding

Jet Ski Riding Areas Massachusetts

When most people think of Massachusetts, they don’t necessarily think of places to go jet ski riding. But you know what? There are several spots that the locals have kept quiet about for years.

But yet, here we are. JetSkiAdvice is about to spill the beans, so you can go exploring with your PWC this weekend! Even if you’re not from Boston itself, you’re sure to find some great spots where you can ride for most of the year. Let’s begin.

These places are where you can ride a jet ski in Massachusetts:

1. Webster Lake

Webster Lake is the perfect place for beginners. If you’ve just bought a PWC, head here on a weekday to avoid the crowds and the swell. There is a great boat ramp at Memorial Beach, though an entrance fee may be charged. This is also a great spot for weekend camping as well as tow sports.

2. Dorchester Bay

Boston Harbor is the best recommendation for complete freedom. Where you can (for the most part) leave the speed limits and restrictions behind, if only for a few hours of joy. Head for the Morrissey Blvd boat ramp or the Brooks St boat ramp as an alternative.

3. Nantucket Sound

A slightly quieter alternative is Nantucket Sound. This area is popular with sailors and the waterway is relatively calm despite some swell. The best recommended boat ramp is Saquatucket Harbor Ramp #684 which you’ll find off Route 28, otherwise known as Main Street with parking costing $10.

4. Sesuit Harbor

Sesuit Harbor in Dennis becomes quite busier on weekends but during the week it’s a beautiful and quiet area. If you’ve just bought your jet ski and are keen to head for the ocean, then this makes for the perfect training ground! Take it easy going out the channel and you can park on either the east or western sides, with prices cheaper on the eastern side…especially on a weekday!

5. Providence River

While not the best places to explore on a jet ski, the Providence River allows you to really take in the sights and sounds of Providence city. You’ll need to prepare for this trip as it’s a decent haul down the interstate from Boston, with numerous boat ramps to choose from. Be mindful of other marine traffic and speed restrictions.

6. Lake Congomond

Lake Congomond is a small yet stable body of water that’s popular with jet ski riders and water skiers alike. Congomond Lakes North boat ramp has several lanes which comes in especially helpful on weekends where there can be a line up. Once you’re tired from a day of riding, be sure to cast a line as the fishing opportunities here are plentiful!

In Summary

There we have it! 6 great spots to ride in MA with a couple you probably didn’t know about. Plan ahead with a full tank of gas, plus enough food and water for your day on the water.

Have you found any other great riding areas? Drop me a line as I’d be keen to update to list.

Jet Ski Hire in Adelaide: Start Riding For Just $100

Murray River Jet Ski Riding Adelaide

Living in Radelaide and keen to explore out of the city on a jet ski? I’ve got you covered! Through my research, I’ve uncovered the cheapest and best jet ski hire businesses in Adelaide.

Jet Ski Hire in Adelaide

If you’re chasing a great deal to put a smile on your face this weekend, then you’re in the right place. Let’s begin!

Riding On Jet Ski Near Glenelg
Riding on a jet ski near O’Sullivan’s beach in Adelaide

1. Jet-Tech Performance

My favourite crew is Jet-Tech Performance. Not only do they rent out their jet skis, but they also do routine engine services, upgrades and repairs for existing jet ski owners. It’s fair to say that they’ll look after you whether you’re just hiring for the day or decide to go onwards and buy your own PWC.

2. Adelaide Jet Ski Hire

Instead of going all the way up to the Riverland region, you could drive just 30 minutes from the CBD and get Tony and his team at Adelaide Jet Ski Hire to take you on an epic tour. Really great value and they offer Afterpay too!

My recommendation is the O’Sullys Ultimate Trek which goes for 3 hours. You’ll start at O’Sullivan’s Beach and head past the Glenelg Jetty and right up to Outer Harbour. Just an epic ride that I highly recommend during those balmy summer days.

3. Wild Rides Jetski Tours

For those that enjoy heading out to the Murray River, Wild Rides Jetski Tours is the company to be hitting up. They are based at the Riverglen Marina which is about 10 minutes south of Murray Bridge where you’ll find plenty of houseboats.

The waterways here are really calm so if you want to avoid the swell of the ocean or Lake Albert, then this would be my best recommendation. Try and go mid-week and outside of school holidays if you can to avoid all the ski boats and other busyness of the river.

4. SA Jet Ski Tours

Update: SA Jet Ski Tours has since ceased trading as of November, 2021.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Jet Ski in South Australia?

For 30-minute rides, you can expect to be paying $90 to $100, while a 3-hour ocean tour will set you back around $300. The latter represents far greater value and a truly exhilarating (and exhausting) experience, as a 30-minute ride can get quite boring.

Most Common Riding Areas

The most common place you’ll be able to hire a jet ski is the Murray River down near Goolwa, followed by the Port River. It’s less likely to be able to hire a jet ski on the open ocean due to the swell, especially in winter. There are some that offer tours into the open ocean but you won’t be able to head out riding unsupervised. Once you get your licence and your own jet ski, check out the best places to ride in Adelaide.

What To Bring

As we’ve covered in our jet ski clothing article, it’s best to bring a rashie, shorts, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and gloves at a minimum. Don’t forget water in summer because those heatwaves are nasty!

Should You Buy A Jet Ski Afterwards?

We know that it will be really tempting to start window-shopping on Sea-Doo and Yamaha’s PWC websites or even sneak into the dealership. We have done the comparison of renting vs buying and given that it’s Adelaide, your jet ski will probably be garaged for 8 months of the year. Most people will be better off just renting every 2nd weekend.

In Summary

There we have it! Some wonderful experiences to have with you, your significant other or a bunch of mates. Wait for a clear and sunny day and don’t forget your smartphone for those Instagram selfies!

9 Things To (Absolutely) Wear When Riding a Jet Ski

Jet Ski Gear

So you’re heading out on your first jet ski riding experience but you’re a little bit unsure what to wear. Fortunately – I’ve got you covered!

Here is what you need to wear when riding a jet ski:

1. CG-Approved Life Jacket

It goes without saying that you’ll need to wear a life jacket, but which type? We’ve done an in-depth guide on the best life jackets but we would say it’s most common that you’ll get a life jacket which is similar to a wakeboarding life jacket designed for calm waterways.

If you’re hiring a jet ski, it’s 99.9% guaranteed that the rental business will provide these to you in your sizing. These may not be so comfortable so you may wish to bring your own.

2. T-Shirt and Shorts

You can’t ride with just a bikini, so you’ll need a t-shirt (preferably long-sleeved) and shorts. Those who ride much faster will need a full-length wetsuit in 2/3mm to protect against skin injuries when crashing at high speeds.

Your shorts should come down to the knees when you’re standing straight, much like typical hiking shorts. This is because they’ll be pushed up the thigh when you’re riding due to the wind draft.

3. Water-Resistent Sunscreen

While I know many riders don’t opt for it, I do recommend sunscreen…even if you’re riding for just an hour. This will mean that you are less likely to get burnt and won’t spoil what will otherwise be a great day on the water.

Look for SPF 30+ sunscreen which is water repellent and aim to reapply every 2 hours. Pay close attention to the back of your neck and your arms which bear the brunt of the sun’s rays.

4. Polarized Sunglasses

Sunglasses are highly recommended when riding to help you see more clearly and avoid squinting while you’re riding. Polarized sunglasses are a step beyond and you can find a good set for under $50 in most outdoor stores.

Avoid the gas station sunglasses which are often labelled as polarized but often aren’t, or just don’t provide the level of protection as the big brands. You’ll also need to buy a strap in case they fall off. My best recommendation is sunglasses for runners as these have more tightness on the face. As an alternative, dirt bike goggles work very well but will be warmer and may fog up.

5. Lip Balm

In addition to sunscreen and sunglasses, lip balm will help your lips stay protected. It’s not just the sun that’ll lead to cracked lips but the dryness of the saltwater and sandy beaches too.

Again, you’ll want to look for something SPF 30+ and take some with you in your pocket. It’s very inexpensive and available in many outdoors stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

6. Hydration Backpack

Depending on your life vest, you may not be able to wear a hydration backpack while riding a jet ski. However, they’re so malleable that you can fit one into the front storage locker of your jet ski.

I recommend leaving these in the freezer the night before and only taking it out when you’re ready to leave home. There is nothing more refreshing than cold water while riding out there on a hot day!

7. Thin Riding Gloves

If you’re participating in a jet ski tour or hiring privately, it’s unlikely that they will supply you with gloves due to hygiene reasons. For less than $20 you can find some good gloves that will save you from chaffing.

There are several types of PWC gloves you could buy that work for the marine industry. My personal favourite is road bicycling gloves as they’re very thin but with some padding in the right spots. After all, those guys have been holding on to the handlebars for decades. Avoid motorcycling gloves as these can get hot, provide limited functions and won’t drain your wet fingers easily.

8. Wide-Brimmed Hat

Following along with our SunSmart initiative on JetSkiAdvice, a wide-brimmed hat will do wonders to keep you cool while riding. You’ll need to make sure it has a string/strap to avoid flying away at high speeds.

You may find it leads to very mild strangulation at high speeds as the hat string pulls on your neck. In this instance, swap the string for a wide dirt bike goggle strap that spreads the load. You can find these replacement straps online for less than $10.

9. Smart Phone or EPIRB

Our last and final recommendation for something to wear is one that could potentially save your life. If you crash suddenly or get knocked out, then having your smartphone with you or an EPIRB could assist in getting authorities to you as quickly as possible.

My cheap recommendation is the SPOT Tracker as it’s not only very cost-effective but easy to clip onto your life jacket. If you’re into jet ski fishing, then go for a GPS with an EPIRB built-in. Your smartphone is the last resort as it may not survive being dunked in saltwater, and nor can you depend on phone service in some riding areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you’ve seen what you should wear, let’s cover some common questions that people have asked me over the years.

Do I Need To Wear a Helmet on a Jet Ski?

No. Helmets are only recommended for those who are riding jet skis very fast (above 40-knots) as well as those riding in hazardous conditions. They are only compulsory in some competitive events such as racing and stuntwork.

Can I Use My Jet Ski Life Jacket For Other Activities?

Absolutely! Jet ski life jackets are well suited to water skiing and wakeboarding as well as canyoning with life rafts or kayaks. Keep in mind that this may wear them out faster.

Do I Need Everything On This List?

In many cases, you only need to wear a PFD approved in your state, territory or jurisdiction. All other items mentioned on this list are optional yet highly recommended.

Where Can I Buy My Gear Cheaper?

Facebook groups are often the best place to find used jet ski gear from last season. Often there is nothing wrong with these items but the individual has moved on to other sports. You might also want to keep an eye on eBay.

In Summary

There we have it! 9 things you really should be wearing while riding a jet ski. Some of these may have been common sense but we know that people get nervous when riding a jet ski for the first time and need some guidelines.

We hope you have an epic time riding out there! Better yet – we hope this propels you forward into full-time jet ski ownership, and if it does, JetSkiAdvice will be here with all the advice to see you safe out there!