As a native Floridian, born in raised in Fort Lauderdale, you would think that jet skiing, sailing, and the like would be a regular activity for us locals. And for the most part, it is. We like to soak up the sun in as many ways possible and are always seeking new ways to do so.
On Christmas Day, my family and I became tourists in our own hometown and rented jet skis and a hobie cat for the day, and it was one of the best days I’ve had.
Living in a beach town that thrives on tourism, there is obviously a lot of competition when it comes to excursions and watersport rentals. But I’ll save you the time and energy of searching which place is the best and tell you that there is only place to rent from: Aloha Watersports. You can find them in Fort Lauderdale at either the Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort or on the SW Corner A1A/ Las Olas Blvd.
The service was quick and awesome, reasonable prices, and the employees all want you to have as much fun as possible. They work so hard in getting you out on the water in the fastest, but safest, manner, and are all very patient with you. And, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to the meeting your need for speed! (Don’t go cray though, because they do have employees monitoring the waters on jet skis and will pluck your a*s out of the water faster than you can say “Aloha.”)
Make sure you bring your ID, and if you have a boater’s license bring that as well—you’ll have to pay and take (pass) a test in order to operate a wave runner without one. And make sure you’re riding with someone you trust.
I was on the back of a double jet ski with my cousin driving and he is a speed demon. I got thrown off in the first five minutes and we jumped a wave and got some serious airtime. I was literally airborne, and I don’t just mean the jet ski – not a single part of me was touching the jet ski, not even a toe.
You can bet you’re a*s I was holding on to him as tightly as I could, fearing for my life and for what was going to happen when I inevitably straddled the seat. All I have to say is TG for the cushioned seat because I may have had a little extra pep in my step afterward if it wasn’t there.
Finally, make sure you get a good stretch before hopping on a jet ski or manning the hobie cat – they’re called water sports for a reason. I was so sore the next day from the jet ski because of all the leg work you do, similar to posting when riding a horse. And with the hobie cat it’s a lot of pulling ropes and ducking/switching sides and just being very agile overall.
So, as long as you don’t do anything stupid, you’ll have an awesome time.