Looking to rent a jet ski and ride the waves like a boss? Hold on! Don’t directly jump into it. There are certain things to consider before choosing the jet ski rental and today, that’s what we talk about.
- Look At the Deterioration
Look, things that are being used regularly will have some wear and tear. That’s understandable. But that does not mean that the jet ski you rent has to be battered. Check for rust and corrosion. You don’t want your jet ski to be rusted. After all, you are paying your hard-earned cash to the company. You should expect a good product. But as we said, do expect some wear and tear. Good companies take time to service the equipment. They don’t look battered up. If you take a good look at the skis, you will be able to tell whether the company is trying to one-up you.
- Know the Gas Policy and Other Charges
Jet Skis require gas to function. To fully enjoy the ride you need to rent a jet ski that is filled up. You don’t want your fun to be interrupted while riding the waves in style. But before you rent a jet ski and start showing off your skills, always know the gas policy of the rental. This means that, does the company charge you separately for the gas or is the rate inclusive of the gas prices?
Many companies might only advertise the rate of renting a jet ski from them. They might not directly put up signs that they charge for gas separately to keep the rate low. So, ask the company that question before renting a jet ski. Besides gas rates, you should also ask if there are any additional charges included. All this can help you vet companies that are overcharging.
- Avoid Scams
Jet skis have become popular all over the world. It is one of the most well-known watersports. Doesn’t matter where you travel to, there generally will be some provisions for people to ride a jet ski. That’s why there are so many jet ski rentals out there because people know that they can profit from it. This has also given rise to dishonest businesses that just want to make as much money as they can from clients.
They will rent you a jet ski and after you enjoy riding it, the company might charge you extra for damages. Damages? Yeah, damages. They will argue that you damaged the key ski while riding it by colliding with other skis or rocks. They will show you the damaged parts as well. You need to avoid these scams. That’s the reason why you should be careful about renting a jet ski. Always check the condition of it before renting it. Take a video or multiple photos if needed.
- Do Some Research
If you are traveling to let’s say – Dubai, and you already plan on riding a jet ski then it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of research. Just hop online and take a look at your options. Most companies have websites now and people can leave reviews too. Just take some time to go through all the options in the area you are visiting and try to find the good ones. Of course, reviews can be faked but you will know when it’s a fake review.
Also, call ahead to know about all the rates and stuff to fix a budget. You wouldn’t enjoy being surprised with more charges than what’s advertised. Riding a jet ski may be a spontaneous decision while you are on your vacation. If you don’t want to check online then ask locals what’s the best option. Most of the time people will recommend you the best option because they don’t want tourists to have a bad experience. The idea is to do some research before choosing a rental.
- Learn How to Ride the Jet Ski
This is mainly for people who are still a bit shaky riding a jet ski or it is their first time. You should take some time to get used to the ride. A good company will offer you a user manual. It will show you some of the basic and important stuff that you need to know. They will also tell you what you need to do if there’s an emergency. Listen carefully to all the safety guidelines that they mention. Don’t try to be a smartass. Those guidelines are there for a reason. Finally, take it slow if it’s your first time. Let your body and mind adjust to the equipment before going full throttle.
Let’s look at some extra tips before renting a jet ski. Check the seat size. You shouldn’t be paying for a larger ski if you are going to be riding solo. Companies may try to get you to rent a larger one since it will make them more money but you should only choose a size based on the number of people riding the ski. So, if you are riding it with another person then pick a two-seater, otherwise, just go for a single-seater.
Ask about insurance. Mishaps and accidents can happen to the best of us. It is better to guard against it beforehand. So, ask if the company provides insurance coverage. Good companies will have it. So, that’s another way to vet out the bad ones.
So, these were some of the general tips we should follow before renting a jet ski. It may seem like a lot but it doesn’t take more than 15 to 20 min at max. But it helps you have a lot of fun without having to worry about these things since you already cleared them up beforehand. We hope you found some important details. Happy riding!