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Jet Ski Hire
If you enjoy jet skis, there is a place on the 192 up by the H27 end and tucked away behind a hotel, but clearly sign posted, where you can hire them, cost, around $75. Last year my eldest son and I tried it out. As my son was only sixteen at the time, he had to pass a simple test on water safety, the questions asked various things regarding signs, water safety etc. He passed this with the minimum of help from his dad and we got kitted out, had a short lesson on how to use the jet skis, and off we went.
Matthew, my son had Sarah his girl friend on his machine and I had my youngest son Alex on mine, Alex didn’t like it and we only managed to do a couple of revolutions of the lake before he wanted to get off, I think that he was frightened of falling off and being eaten by an alligator, he worries about things like that, Sarah was not keen on going to fast at first.
When I had dropped Alex back to Terra Firma, I had the opportunity to open mine up. The lake was around half a mile long and 300 or 400 yards across, I was extremely surprised to see that my machine was doing 53MPH on the straight and cornering at around 40MPH without any trouble. Matthew, seeing me passing him whilst going slower soon cranked his up and Sarah, once that she found that it was safe, really started to enjoy it.
We were now both racing around the lake at over 50MPH, trying to stick to the rules as outlined by the owner of the jet skis, these were that you did not go outside of the marker buoys around the sides of the lake and that you keep at least 300 yards apart from another jet ski, this was reasonably OK whilst there was just the two machines out, but when joined by another two, got quite difficult.
Anyway we had in the region of 45 minutes on the jet skis before we were called in, this is more time than we paid for, but I think that the owner was just letting us enjoy ourselves whilst nobody else wanted to use the skis. We had a great time, my wife went over the road to a craft type shop so we all went away happy.
Would we recommend that you try it, absolutely, will we go again, yes, we are at our villa in August and have some friends staying with us, we have already planned for all of us to go down for some more Jet Ski fun.
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