29 Best Jet Ski Accessories [#17 is Awesome]

Jet Ski Accessories are the type of products you’ll need to have more fun out there on the waterways, as well as being safe and legal.

In this guide, I’ll be showing you the best personal watercraft accessories that you should buy regardless of your make and model. From the popular Yamaha and Sea-Doo riders, across to Kawasaki and even Honda, you’ll find some great options here.

Jet Ski Safety Accessories Guide

Let’s jump straight into this incredible buying guide. Many of these products you’ll find at your local dealership as well as here.

1. Phone Dry Bag

Everyone brings their phone on to their jet ski but forgets to bring a dry bag. I recommend that you pack a dry back that lives on the jet ski at all times, even when it’s in storage.

Also – don’t get a cheap one. Look at the quality offerings. I really like the Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag which is very affordable at this time.

2. Jet Ski Anchor

Most often overlooked by beginners is the need to have a jet ski anchor. You don’t realize how important this is to have until you come up to a beach.

Jet ski anchors aren’t used for anchoring in 20 feet of water. Instead, you’ll use them for keeping your jet ski from drifting away from the beach when you go for a quick 15 minute break.

I have written a complete guide to jet ski anchors here for beginners.

3. Jet Ski Fenders

Very few people actually have jet ski fenders and they should! Sure – the rails on jet skis are pretty tough but those scratches look terrible.

Jet Ski Fenders, also called bumpers in some regions, are really built only for personal watercraft. They’re small, light and quite affordable so there isn’t any reason why people would avoid these.

I really like these jet ski fenders which are made for Sea-Doo and Yamaha.

4. Telescopic Jet Ski Paddle

Rarely will you see someone with a jet ski paddle and that’s a good thing! This is more of an emergency device than it is for any other reason.

Essentially, this comes in hand if you’ve run out of gas, get a flat battery, need to draw attention to yourself or even as a rescue aid. My favourite at this time is the Seachoice series which are the smallest in the market once collapsed, meaning they can fit within the front storage locker of your jet ski.

Some people have also used it in place of a jet ski anchor. You bury it in the sand on the land with some rope tied to it which is connected to your jet ski. You’ll need to bury it fairly deep and at a particular angle to actually be effective, plus you’ll be covered with lots of sand afterwards. For under $50, it’s just easier to buy an anchor.

5. Weather-Proof Cover

Jet Ski Covers are just about mandatory if you want to preserve the value of your jet ski. It not only stops the harsh sun from damaging the paintwork and electronics, but also the rain and bird droppings.

It’s generally best to get a genuine jet ski cover, not a fake imitation. The real covers use superior materials and generally will last as long as the jet ski does.

Can you use your jet ski cover on the highway? There are mixed reports. Some jet ski riders transport their jet skis on the highway with the cover on and have no problems, while others claim their covers suffered cuts and holes after the first 2 to 3 trips at highway speeds.

Generally it’s unnecessary to use your jet ski cover when traveling on the highway unless it’s very hot and sunny. You’ll also need to be mindful that you have properly clipped everything together.

6. First Aid Kit

Every powered marine user needs to have a first aid kit on hand. Yes, even a small one for your jet ski is enough to get by with the total basics.

You may suffer injuries when riding such as a cut toe or a pinch when pulling up your jet ski anchor. Knowing that you have something to mend the wound and can continue riding within a few minutes is certainly great peace of mind.

In addition, consider the other marine traffic. Kayakers, surfers and SUP riders might need your assistance out there on the waterways.

7. Jet Ski Safety Flares

Just like having a solid first aid kit, you also need to have safety flares in most areas. These can be very small and it’s unlikely you’ll ever use one.

Be mindful that these safety flares don’t like heat so it’s best to store them at the very bottom of your storage locker. At the same time, make sure they’re easy to reach as you don’t want to be digging through everything when your jet ski is sinking.

Many jet ski riders fail to check their safety flare expiry dates and only realize their error when it’s time to sell. Keep an eye on those dates and discard your flare safely once it’s past this date. Never use a safety flare just for fun with a few buddies one Sunday afternoon as there are serious fines involved if you are caught.

8. Safety Whistle

On your life jacket you really need to have a safety whistle and in most areas it’s also compulsory. Make sure the cord that’s attaching it is also in good shape.

The whistle otherwise hardly gets used so just be mindful to check this on occasions for any stuck debris or damage.

9. Swimming Pool Noodle

A swimming pool noodle (aka shock tube) is a brilliant idea to prevent sucking up debris into the rear of your jet ski. That includes seaweed, rocks and tow ropes.

Yes, these don’t look all that attractive. But what’s also not attractive? Having to spend 2 hours in the water paddling back to shore in order to fix a clogged impeller.

You’ll need to buy these and cut them down to length. They are also excellent for inside your front locker to stop items from being thrown around at high speeds such as your anchor and water bottle.

10. Rubbish Bags

This is so often forgotten about. Generally you’ll take some snacks out there with you for a day jet skiing around, but where do you put your rubbish? It looks terrible inside the front locker.

Sure, you can dispose of certain foods into the ocean but the plastics must be disposed properly. Get yourself some small rubbish bags that live in the front of the jet ski. They also come in handy as vomit bags if your passenger gets sick.

11. Dock Lines and Rope

Having some rope with your jet ski is very important, both for docking safely but also for towing tubes and other another ski. Consider actually having 2 ropes. One attaches to the dock and the other prevents your jet ski from ‘wandering’ out at the rear.

By having 2 dock lines, you can also better get on and off the jet ski without tumbling over as it will be locked in the same position. When people go from a stationary dock to a buoyant jet ski, that’s generally when accidents happen.

12. Tracking Device

There are two trains of thought here. You get a Spot Tracker to let your friends and family know where you’re going for the day, while having a safety feature working similar to an EPIRB. The other train of thought is a tracking device to stop theft.

My recommendation? Just get both. The costs for these have dropped significantly in recent years so you can protect both yourself and your jet ski from potential harm.

13. Spare Life Jacket

You’ve always got that friend who wants to come and ride on your jet ski. You’re reluctant but you eventually give in, but what about a life jacket?

My recommendation is to always have a 2nd lifejacket on standby. There isn’t any need to buy a brand new one. You can find cheap ones in good quality right off Craigslist, Gumtree or Ebay.

14. Security Lock

Securing your jet ski with a lock to either your trailer or the dock will go a long way to prevent jet ski theft. The thieves are out there and they’re looking for opportunities to take your pride and joy away from you.

It’s really inexpensive to get yourself a great quality jet ski lock nowadays. Just keep in mind that you can’t leave it locked for months and months in the rain as they typically corrode and rust out.

15. Jet Ski GPS

We’ve written an extensive guide for jet ski gps devices to help you find the right model for you. Essentially, we would certainly recommend getting one.

Some people claim that you can now do just fine with a mobile phone. The trouble is signal blackspots as well as accidently dropping your phone into the ocean. Even if it’s in a waterproof case that floats, you still run the risk of it overheating in direct sun which won’t happen with a formal jet ski GPS.

16. Duct Tape and Zip Ties

You just never know when you’re going to need duct tape and zip ties. Got a whole in your jet ski wetsuit? Use the duck tape. Broken strap on your life jacket? Reach for the zip ties.

These are also handy for making quick and temporary repairs to your jet ski and tow tubes. Essentially, enough for you to get back to shore and make formal repairs.

17. Salt-Away Jet Ski Wash

A popular Australian chemical is Salt-Away which is designed for your engine bay. Essentially it stops the salt from corroding the engine meaning you’ll get many more hours before it finally needs to be retired.

Why is it so awesome? Because it’s very affordable and the solution lasts a long time with lots of positive reviews and ratings. Another great alternative is Salt Off by Star Brite as well as the CRC Salt Terminator flush inhibitor.

18. Jet Ski Esky with Fishing Rod Holders

These days you often see people going jet ski fishing with rocket launchers at the rear of their jet ski which is mounted with a cooler or esky. Neat idea!

The cost on these vary and you can expect to pay between $100 and $250 just for fishing rod holders and anywhere from $200 to $700 for a properly mounted jet ski cooler at the rear. Not cheap, but certainly beats buying a boat!

19. Spare Knife

Getting something clogged in your impellar is the worst feeling in the world. By having a spare knife on hand will really help you get back to riding at full throttle pretty quickly.

In addition, they can be used if you go jet ski fishing too or to untangle fishing nets. You’ll need to replace these every few months as they will rust out but they are so affordable these days to buy online.

20. Jet Ski Ladder

Most jet skis don’t come with ladders and for the unfit people among us, they certainly can help. It’s really hard when you take a passenger for a ride, go for a swim and then they can’t get back on the jet ski properly without a helping hand from you. A jet ski ladder fixes all of that.

The aftermarket ladders are made from nylon. Essentially they are lightweight ropes that simply hook on to the rear and won’t get caught up in the propeller. Price? Super affordable. 😀

21. Towable Jet Ski Tubes

Ah yes, there are certainly lots of jet ski tubes that you can tow behind. Keep in mind that the lower horse power jet skis will struggle to tow much weight and so you may be restricted to just one to two small children.

These tubes can really help you have more fun out there on the waterways as it isn’t just about high speeds and doing jet ski jumps. In addition to the tubes, you’ll need a rope, 12v air pump and repair kit, as well as lifejackets for each rider.

22. Waterproof Flashlight

Sure, you might never ride your jet ski at night time but you have to plan for the worst. Imagine the engine ceasing 1 mile from the boat ramp and you’re stuck out there. You make a call to the Coast Guard for assistance but as the sun is falling, you’re really worried because how will they find you?

By having a waterproof flashlight in the front locker at all times, you’ll feel much more safer and in control. You can also use this torch when you’re unloading your jet ski at the boat ramp in the very early morning before anyone else gets there, apart from the avid early-morning fishing crew.

23. Spare Water Bottle

When you’re out riding, you typically will drink more water than you anticipated. Worst still – you’ll rock up to the boat ramp without any water with you at all.

I recommend that you pack a very large water bottle in the front locker before leaving home. Call it the ‘jet ski bottle’ exclusively for the jet ski.

24. Additional Fuel Mount

Yes, you can certainly get additional fuel gas cans as I’ve detailed further up in this guide. The challenge is that proper mounts are hard to come by. Sea-Doo and Yamaha make their own but these are expensive to install and it’s generally an option you’ll add when buying your jet ski brand new from the dealership.

25. Handlebar Phone Dock

A slight disclaimer here that I don’t recommend using your phone as a GPS device in warmer conditions, and that’s most riders in the PWC market. If you’re riding in the cooler months, then you can certainly mount your phone on a handlebar dock. I also recommend a waterproof case.

Yes – it’s quite likely that you will need to drill into your handlebar zone. Jet skis are different clearly than motorcycles and bicycles. If you’re looking to sell your jet ski anytime soon, I probably wouldn’t do this.

26. Marine Wax

To keep your jet ski looking new, it’s best to use some marine wax after each ride. First, you’ll want to wash your jet ski with fresh water, then you’ll want to dry it off before applying wax. I personally like the Meguiars range as they simply are #1 in the marine world.

27. Multi-tool Pliers

I don’t leave home without my multi-tool by my side when I go adventuring, whether that’s camping, 4x4ing or jet skiing. You just never know when you might need to unscrew something or do a quick fix with some pliers.

28. Safety Flag

In some stages you’ll be required to have a safety flag. Check your local regulations especially if you’re traveling interstate on a holiday and doing some jet ski camping along the way.

If you’re also travelling via PWC from Florida to the Bahamas then you may require having a marine country of origin flag on your vessel. I’ve written this Florida-Bahamas riding guide to help you accomplish this safely.

29. Marine Radio

Again – safety is essential out there on the water. Having a marine radio is 200% better than relying on phone signal and there are some VHF radios that also have a GPS built into them with panic buttons too.

I’ve also written this guide on finding the best and reliable jet ski marine radio so you can contact other marine users while having a unit that lasts for years and years.

Some Extras

What about some extras we haven’t mentioned? Most of these below you won’t need but worth creating a discussion about.

Jet Ski Camera

If you hang within Facebook groups or YouTube channels you often find people with jet ski videos created with GoPro and other cameras. Do you need one? Not really. Should you get one anyway? Well, once you have some experience.

Not only can this be very valuable, but it works like a jet ski dash cam to capture footage in the event you’re in an accident on the waterways. In fact, there have been numerous incredible jet ski crashes caught on film recently.

Cup Holders

Nope. I don’t recommend having cup holders at all. Once you hit a big enough wave, your water bottle will likely launch out and could hit you in the forehead, sending you unconscious. Bad idea! These are only good for storing small towels.

Cooler Bags

It’s a challenge to find a cooler bag small enough to fit within the front locker. If you really need to keep things frozen, then I recommend a cooler box on a rear mount.

Snorkeling Gear

Great idea! Not only can you go snorkeling, but having a mask handy will help you if you need to quickly look under your jet ski or at the propeller if something gets stuck.

In summary

I hope I’ve covered everything here! Let me know if I haven’t and I can add to this list. 🙂

Dealers will recommend you buy just about everything here but honestly, just buy what you need for now especially the safety gear that I mentioned. As your skills grow, you can buy tubes and the fishing gear for the rear.

Sunshine Coast Jet Ski Hire: Under $100 and you can Ride Today!

Did you know that you can now hire a jet ski on the Sunshine Coast for under $100?! It’s crazy but there are some real bargains around now.

In my opinion, it’s one of the best places to hire a jet ski in Australia. From year-round great weather to white sandy beaches and a distinct lack of crowds since everything is so spread out.

You’re probably looking for some fun and excitement, but without spending a fortune. Perhaps a tour or self-hire option. If that’s you, then I’ve got you covered here.

Best hire shops on the Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking for a good mob to look after you, then I’ve done the searching around. I live right here in Queensland so I have tabs on who’s the best.

Let’s have a look at what we’ve got available:

  1. Caloundra Jet Ski Hire
  2. Maroochy River Jetski Hire
  3. Ocean Jetski at Mooloolaba
  4. Noosa Jet Ski Hire
  5. Noosa River Jet Ski Hire
  6. TBoat Hire in Noosa

Truth be told, all of these are great options! I haven’t listed these in any particular order either.

I searched for reviews on each of these and none of them really came out all that negative. This I believe is a sign of the genuine nature of Queensland business owners.

Price of jet ski hire

I’ve noticed that the cost of jet ski hire on the Sunny Coast is almost identical between operators. I guess competition keeps everyone on their feet.

Fact: You can hire a jet ski for under $100 on the Sunshine Coast today. It’s actually $90 total, but it’s only a 30-minute ride.

Sunshine Coast Jet Ski Tours

Just as you’re starting to have fun on your jet ski, you’ll have to finish up on the tour. Trust me…that isn’t that fun!

Save up some extra pennies and go for a longer tour. I recommend 2 hours actually so you can explore much of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Pricing for hires is generally as follows:

PWC Hire LengthOrganized TourSelf-Drive Option
1/2 hour$90$80
1 hour$170$150
1.5 hours$250$220
2 hours$310$250

Price includes fuel. With the self-drive option, you will need to have a jet ski licence issued in Australia for insurance purposes. A bond will also be required for self-hires but tour organizers generally don’t ask for a rental bond. You won’t need to launch/retrieve the jet ski at the boat ramp as the hire company will do that for you.

With 30 minutes of riding you’ll only do like 10km, but with 2 hours of riding you can expect to cover almost 100km. If you’re looking for fun, freedom and thrills, then trust me…go for a hire of 2 hours MINIMUM!

You’re out there to have fun, not look at your clock. You already watch the clock at work all week long. 🙂

Choosing a tour operator

Not everyone is created equal, but on the Sunshine Coast you’ll be well looked after by all the options I’ve listed.

But if you wanted to research and dig deeper, I’ve written the following guide for you. Others have found it quite helpful when deciding which Sunshine Coast Jet Ski Hire and Tours company to go with.

Let’s think about some things first:

  1. How long you actually want to ride for.
  2. If you expect to be a fast rider or slow rider.
  3. Your current budget for hiring a jet ski.

Then we would want to ask the following:

  1. Just how long the particular tour shop has been in business.
  2. The additional cost (if any) should your friend want to hop on the back.
  3. If they will provide a 100% refund if the weather turns bad on the day.
  4. The make/models of the jet skis in their fleet (Generally Yamaha/SeaDoo)
  5. Where exactly you will travel to and if it’s actually scenic to visit.
  6. Any stops you will do on the tour to stretch your legs and see some sights.
  7. Any inclusions such as lunch, soft drinks or even a marriage proposal!

What you can and can’t do

Many people now get excited at the notion of hiring a jet ski. After all, the Sunshine Coast is a haven for watersports, in addition to the Gold Coast. I personally find it much less crowded.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Reach the top speeds that the tour leader permits (Usually 60km/h but on a jet ski this feels more like 100km/h!)
  2. Do a range of S turns and carve hard into the corners.
  3. Ride over the wake of other marine users such as large boats.
  4. Accelerate as fast as you can.
  5. Ride while standing so you can avoid a sore backside tomorrow.
Jet ski hire Sunshine Coast Australia
You can certainly have fun!

But then, you won’t be allowed to do these things:

  1. Jet ski wave jumping. No one will allow this for liability reasons.
  2. Playing jet ski races. There is a set minimum distance that Maritime Safety Queensland has permitted, so you can’t do a race between you and a mate.
  3. Tow sports. These same companies won’t allow you to tow your family behind either with a tour or self-hire option. Again, it’s due to liability reasons.
  4. Doughnuts. Spinning around sounds like fun, until you fall off and your jet ski weighing over 300kg runs you over. This is a quick way to get banned from a tour.
Jumping waves won’t be permitted with a jet ski hire or tour.

Have fun on the Sunshine Coast!

The most important thing to do out there on a tour is to have fun.

Take your water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Bringing your own wetsuit will give you more comfort than what they might have on offer.

Go for a longer tour because you’re not there for quick thrills. The additional spend is much more worth it!

Jet Ski VHF Marine Radios – Top 5 Models for 2020

Jet Ski Marine Radio

Today I’ll be showcasing the best 5 jet ski radios for safety on the waterways in 2020. The best part – all of these cost less than $200!

I’m a big proponent for safety when riding. When you’re buying a jet ski, you often forget about the additional outlay that you’ll need to factor in.

Things like life jackets, a wetsuit, insurance, registration, the actual trailer (if you need one) and even a marine GPS soon will add up several thousand dollars to your already large investment. Then we have the VHF radio which is a real after-thought.

In my opinion, it’s one of the most important things you’ll ever buy. Sure, you won’t need to use it much at all, but knowing it’s there will help you enjoy a great day out there on the water.

Jet ski radios guide

Many people in the boating market already know just how important having access to a VHF radio is. It gives the user the ability to send and receive verbal or even text-based messages across the waterways from many miles away.

Let’s look at some more of those advantages:

  1. Allows you to quickly contact 911 and rescue teams
  2. Easy contact with lock/weir operators and harbormasters
  3. Users can listen in on emergency situations and respond
  4. You can easily receive weather forecasts in real-time
  5. When without a cell signal, you can call your friends at the boat ramp
  6. Most importantly, you can get a great jet ski VHF radio for under $100!

But it’s not so easy to simply pick up a radio at the store and run with it. There are numerous models on the market, but not all are created equal.

Some are best suited towards hikers and 4×4 enthusiasts, instead of jet ski owners. Others are just too big and bulky so commonly they are just left at home or in the tow vehicle.

Routinely I see these challenges:

  • Some radios that cost well over $1,000 but provide little added advantages
  • Others aren’t so waterproof as they claim during beta-testing stages
  • The battery life of the cheaper models is insufficient for an entire day
  • Easier to damage VHF radios on a jet ski due to harsh riding conditions
  • Warranty information is often quite vague with some hoops to jump through

So it’s quite clear that jet ski enthusiasts do need to shop around for a reliable marine radio. One that is backed by a strong warranty and reputable brand which has consistently delivered for years.

Best Jet Ski VHF radios

I’m going to detail exactly the radios that I have come across in my searches. Two of these models I have owned and the other three I have used after borrowing to create this list. All are listed in merely my own opinion.

ModelPrice
1Retevis RT55 Marine RadioUnder $150
2Standard Horizon HX210Under $100
3Uniden Atlantis 155 HandheldUnder $70
4Standard Horizon GX1600BUnder $160
5Uniden UM385 Fixed Mount Marine VHFUnder $100

That’s just 5 of the 30 or so great models available for jet skis. One thing that I would recommend is a protective and cushioned sleeve. You are bouncing around at 70 miles per hour and these radios are more-so designed to be stored in bags.

Now let’s have a look at these models in greater detail:

Retevis RT55 Marine Radio

This is an excellent VHF radio that represents great value for money. I would recommend keeping the Retevis in a waterproof pouch and avoid using it with wet hands.

Jet Ski VHF Marine Radio

That said, it is waterproof and it’s floating too. You can even get weather alerts and this comes with a cool vibration water draining function. The online reviews show great feedback from users.

Pros: All the functions you would expect, really good visual design, has a locking button so it won’t switch channels.

Cons: Isn’t the cheap model out there.

Standard Horizon HX210

For the price you pay, you get a fantastic compact jet ski VHF radio known as the Standard Horizon HX210. This 6 watt radio is very easy to operate.

Standard Horizon Jet Ski VHF

It comes with a 3-year warranty with IPX7 waterproof rating which essentially means you can submerge it for 30 minutes in 1 metre of water. You can even broadcast FM frequencies so you can listen to your favorite radio station too.

Pros: Well reputed as one of the best overall marine radios you could buy. Has several advanced features. Excellent waterproof capabilities.

Cons: Small screen and buttons.

Uniden Atlantis 155 Handheld

If you’re looking for the cheapest jet ski VHF radio on the market, then the Uniden Atlantis 155 is exactly what you want. Often it’s found for around the $65 mark and has the basics you would expect.

Handheld Marine VHF Radios

The cool thing I like about this radio apart from the price is the antenna. It’s strong enough to store in the front storage compartment of your jet ski, plus it’s much smaller than just about any other handheld model.

Pros: Basic design but does the job. Currently the cheapest VHF marine radio available in the market with a 1-year warranty.

Cons: Looks like it has been delivered from 1993.

Standard Horizon GX1600B

Now if you’re looking for something built into your jet ski so it doesn’t get lost, the GX1600B is a great model. The issue of course is where to mount the microphone.

Jet ski mounted radio storage locker

Generally not as popular on jet skis, this VHF radio has a bigger range than most other handheld devices. Given that jet skis generally don’t go offshore, this isn’t as important, but at least it’s harder for it to get stolen unlike jet skis.

Pros: You’ll find this model inside thousands of boats worldwide. Big screen and easy to use buttons.

Cons: Requires a large mounting spot.

Uniden UM385 Fixed Mount Marine VHF

This is one of the most well known marine radios around. If you’re looking for immense value and reliability, then Uniden has it made.

Uniden mounted personal watercraft VHF radio

Just like the Standard Horizon mentioned above, it’s going to be harder to mount this on a jet ski. I’ve seen a few jet ski enthusiasts mount one of these in their tow vehicles. This way they can call their pals who might already be out adventuring so you know their location.

Pros: Very straight forward design. Clear to see all menus.

Cons: The white design could get dirty.

Other marine radios worth mentioning

As I mentioned at the beginning, this is just 5 of the dozens of VHF radios that are suitable for jet ski use. You might not like the look or pricing of these, so I’ve highlighted some more.

As a quick summary, you might also wish to consider the:

  • Cobra Floating VHF long-range radio
  • Uniden MHX75 Waterproof Handheld 2-Way
  • Standard Horizon Handheld with GPS (expensive)
  • Cobra MRHH125 Handheld (Really cheap but OK)

Cobra is really coming out of the far left field with these two radios heavily promoted on Amazon.

If you wanted an alternative to any of the 5 I’ve mentioned, then the Cobras would be an ideal pick. Among Facebook groups it seems to be a great choice.

Tips for success with VHF radios

Now once you’ve bought your new marine radio, you’ll want to consider some things. After all, many people simply don’t read the user manuals anymore.

I didn’t want to just create this list of the best jet ski radios without sharing some tips and advice for you. When I was starting out I wish there was someone to show me how to navigate the world of marine communication.

Here’s what I’ve learned over the years:

  1. Buy yourself a spare battery when you order your radio initially, which is especially helpful if you go jet ski camping. You can charge this spare battery with the same charging dock.
  2. Don’t worry about a clip on the back of the radio, since it will live in your storage locker anyway.
  3. Wrap it up with a towel to protect it against knocks when riding but don’t forget that it’s there. Nothing is worse than getting out your towel on the beach and dropping your radio on the sand or rocks.
  4. Don’t leave your VHF radio in a hot car, as the batteries will corrode or could explode. Even the front storage locker on your jet ski can get too hot for some models on the marketplace.
  5. Learn the rules and regulations of VHF radio use. Depending on your county, state or country, you might actually require a licence to either own or use a marine radio.
  6. Don’t leave the radio with little children as they often love to play games with it. This is a serious adults communication device that isn’t designed for horse-play.
  7. Always remember that your VHF radio should have a spot in your jet ski, so you know where it is at all times. Also remember to pack it before leaving home.

And despite all of that, you won’t use the radio all that much. It’s just a great device for peace of mind, so you can reach areas without the fear of getting stuck and without assistance.

Remember that many areas that you’ll ride have patchy cell phone coverage, hence the market for marine radios is very big even today. You can expect an audible range of 10 nautical miles generally at the minimum with most marine radios available today. They sure have improved over their performance over the last 2 decades.

Summary

I would for sure recommend my fellow riders to purchase a VHF radio for their jet ski or personal watercraft. This is especially important if you’re riding solo because help and assistance might be miles or hours away.

Choose a radio that is waterproof of course, but protect it with a soft bag or even your towel. Keep it charged and don’t forget to pack it in the longer before you hook up the trailer.

See you out there on the water!

Best Jet Ski Riding Gloves (Top 5 for 2020)

If you’re a passionate jet ski rider, then you’ll want to invest into some decent jet ski riding gloves. Here are the best 5 for 2020.

Often people who ride for the first few times don’t think about gloves. It’s only after getting blisters, sunburn or even slip off their grips do they think about purchasing PWC gloves.

But at least they’re now away, so now it’s time to find a good pair.

Let’s have a look at what is available.

Jet Ski Gloves – Top 5 in 2020

Most types of riding gloves are suitable for the most part when riding jet skis. Luckily, unlike jet ski helmets which are well under-served, manufacturers have come out with some great jet ski gloves.

I mean…we’re really spoiled for choice here. So much so that you can leave ordinary cycling or gym gloves at home.

My personal choices are the following jet ski riding gloves:

  1. Jetpilot RX Superlite Jet ski gloves (2020)
  2. Jetpilot Matrix Heatseeker Gloves (Men’s)
  3. Neosport 3/4 finger Neoprene gloves
  4. Jetpilot race jet ski gloves
  5. Navis marine sailing gloves

It doesn’t surprise me that Jetpilot holds 3 out of the 5 titles on this leaderboard. They simply want to deliver the best for the personal watercraft community.

RX Superlite

I like these gloves. They’re thin and quite affordable too. Ideal for summer riding!

One thing you’ll find is that they don’t hold your fingers back. You can reach your IBR brakes without stretching too much. So if freedom of movement is your thing, but also protection of your hands from blisters, the RX Superlite’s from Jetpilot offer great value.

Jetpilot Matrix Heatseeker

If you’re riding in colder conditions, then jet ski gloves are almost mandatory. Otherwise, you just won’t have that much fun out there with frozen hands.

Jet Ski Gloves for Personal Watercraft (PWC)

These have a thick neoprene design that is popular with those who enter marine environments in the colder months. On the back of the hand is hard protection to also stop the wind chill.

Neosport 3/4 finger Neoprene gloves

For sheer affordability, you have to get a pair of the Neosport 3/4 finger gloves. These are quite basic but you get what you pay for.

One of the best things about these gloves is that you can comfortably use them for sailing and snorkelling. Since they are very affordable, get yourself a 2nd pair and you’ll still pay less than the Jetpilot offerings!

Jetpilot race jet ski gloves

Right, so you like to ride fast? You’re definitely going to need a pair of high quality jet ski gloves. No one can provide such quality as Jetpilot.

I love the designs on these. You can choose your color and these have all been updated for 2020.

Navis marine sailing gloves

I couldn’t let Jetpilot have another award on this list. Navis has a great sailing glove that doubles as a reasonably great personal watercraft glove.

If you’re into other water sports such as boating, then this pair is great as you only need to buy one pair. Certainly there is a reason why these are at the bottom of this list.

Why you should wear jet ski gloves

It’s very practical to just buy a good set of gloves, but we need to think a little deeper first. I want to share why I believe they are very useful.

  1. Allows you to get a grip. Slipping on the throttle especially when jumping waves becomes a thing of the past.
  2. Provides protection when anchoring. Both the chain and anchor can be rusty or simply abrasive, so wearing gloves can help reduce the risk of a cut.
  3. Provides a wind barrier. When you’re riding in cold conditions, nothing is worse than frozen hands. Even the thin Neosport version is great to at least stop a bit of the wind chill.
  4. Excellent barrier to sunburned skin. Wearing sunscreen on your hands is terrible because it leads to throttle slippage.
  5. Provides more confidence when riding, because you just feel more secure. With bare hands, you actually feel a sense of nakedness when riding.

As you can see, many upsides for such a minimal capital outlay. Buying a pair of jet ski gloves was the best decision I personally made!

Deciding to buy PWC gloves

Now that we have the reasons out of the way, let’s look at what you should look for when buying jet ski gloves:

  1. High quality. You really want to assess that the materials used are premium-spec.
  2. The right gloves for your riding conditions. There is little value in choosing winter gloves when you ride in Florida all year long. You’ll just end up with hot hands all day which lead to fatigue.
  3. Well known brand in the marine market with strong reviews. Check on Amazon to see the feedback from other riders.
  4. Is designed for wet environments. Some marine gloves are mostly for boating where you really won’t get that wet.
  5. Finger movements. You shouldn’t have much of a restriction in the movements of your fingers when reaching for the throttle, brakes and reverse functions.
  6. Pricing should be considered last. After all, even the most expensive gloves are less than $70 which is merely a tank of gas, but these gloves will last for several years.

Some people like to order online whilst others go into dealerships.

Knowing your hand size first before ordering online is a very good idea. You can ask other riders at the boat ramp if you can try their gloves on first before ordering, so you can assess sizing.

In summary

I would highly recommend gloves to stop blisters when riding a jet ski. Don’t let your fun day be spoiled by those nasty burns and blisters.

For less than $50 you can pick up the Jetpilot gloves which are well known as being very comfortable and long-lasting. This is a key reason why they feature as 3 out of these top 5.

It’s not just riding but also loading/unloading your jet ski at the boat ramp. Getting your fingers jammed in your trailer winch is a fear that we all have.

I look forward to seeing you out on the waterways!

Top 5 Places to Hire a Jet Ski in Perth (For under $100)

Perth has some of the best jet ski hire shops in Australia, based on the incredibly sunny weather conditions and Mediterranean climate.

If cruising around on the calm waterways sounds like fun, then I’ve got you covered. I’ll show you some of the best people around the west.

This list contains the best Perth jet ski hire shops where you can take a PWC for a spin for less than $100, as written by a real Australian.

Let’s begin!

Perth Jet Ski Hire

There are some great places if you want to go on a jet ski tour in or near Perth. Some of them will let you take one for a cruise on your own, while others require you to be on a tour.

I would recommend these companies:

  1. Jet Ski Tours Perth in Rockingham
  2. Stag Watersports in Bouvard
  3. Nautical Adventures (Hillarys)

None of these are in particular order.

At this stage, this is the main 3 businesses offering hiring services for PWC enthusiasts and beginners. Compare this to Queensland who has almost 20 different companies offering such tours.

Cost for hire

Unlike Queensland which has a lot of competition, there isn’t much competition between vendors in the West. For that reason, hiring a jet ski can be a bit expensive in Perth.

Let’s have a look at pricing averages:

Hire lengthSelf-Hire PricingOrganized Tour PricingDiscount
30 mins$70$95Set price
60 mins$130$15010%
90 mins$220$25018%
120 mins$305$33023%

The prices differ between each so it’s best to inquire with each company.

What is typical is that the distance for a short-hire is ridiculously short. As soon as you start to have fun, then the tour will be over.

You have to account for 30 minutes of induction time when hiring a jet ski or going on a tour in Perth. This is in addition to the time you’ll be riding for. During this time they will go over safety concepts and how the tour will operate, plus where you will go.

How to choose a tour operator

Tour operators do vary between their service offering. I wouldn’t necessarily just choose the cheapest operator out there, because the lower pricing could be hiding something.

Perth Jet Ski Hire

You should really have a think about these factors:

  1. Some will charge extra if a friend wants to join you on the back.
  2. The jet skis that you’ll be riding are actually old and slow machines.
  3. Tours can be rescheduled if the weather is bad (without a refund offered)
  4. You might be stuck with some slow riders, so you can’t have that much fun.
  5. Some operators take you to some epic spots, but other operators are boring runs.

So it’s really good to weigh up what your options are. The best way to do this is by jumping on the websites for each tour operator.

What to wear

If this is your first time hiring a jet ski anywhere in the world, then let me in on some tips. I’ve been riding jet skis for a while so I know what you’ll really need.

  1. Take a towel because yes, you will always get wet on a jet ski tour.
  2. Bring a hat since your head will be quite hot and dry for days after.
  3. Pack your own sunscreen. Some hire shops provide it, but not guaranteed.
  4. If you decide to bring your smartphone for photos, bring a waterproof sleeve.

With most places, you’ll be given a wetsuit or jet ski winter jacket to wear. Some people don’t realize that Perth can get real cold in the winter months. It is summer where it might be better to buy and bring your own long-sleeve rashie.

Getting started with a PWC tour in Perth

I would recommend that you choose 1 out of the 3 recommendations here. Most importantly, go for a tour that’s more than 30 minutes. It just isn’t worth it to join a short tour.

If you haven’t ridden a jet ski before, then this is a great opportunity to get started in the sport. Likewise, if you now have your jet ski licence in Perth and want some riding experience before buying a jet ski, then going on a tour is a really good idea.

Bring a friend or go solo. Either way, you’ll have plenty of fun!