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High Performance Yamaha FX SHO/ Yamaha FX HO Jet skis for Rent in Washington, District of ColumbiaWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

High Performance Yamaha FX SHO/ Yamaha FX HO Jet skis for Rent in Washington, District of Columbia

5.0
$90hour
Awesome 2 Seater Seadoo Jetski Rentals on Potomac RiverWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Awesome 2 Seater Seadoo Jetski Rentals on Potomac River

5.0
$125hour
22' Bennington Pontoon..Best prices in DC $150 weekdays/ $185 weekends + Jet Skis Available for addt'l costs...Powerboats in Potomac River · 6 guests

22' Bennington Pontoon..Best prices in DC $150 weekdays/ $185 weekends + Jet Skis Available for addt'l costs...

5.0
$185hour
Yamaha Waverunner for rent in Washington Navy YardWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Yamaha Waverunner for rent in Washington Navy Yard

New
$120hour
Brand New Sealver 22ft Jetski Boat Rental in Washington, District of ColumbiaPowerboats in Potomac River · 4 guests

Brand New Sealver 22ft Jetski Boat Rental in Washington, District of Columbia

New
$150hour
2022 SeaDoo JetSkis for Rent for the whole crew🌊🌊🌊Water Sports in Potomac River · 1 guest

2022 SeaDoo JetSkis for Rent for the whole crew🌊🌊🌊

New
$130hour
Jetski Rentals Benedict, MD (Patuxent River)Water Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Jetski Rentals Benedict, MD (Patuxent River)

New
$125hour
Yamaha Ex Sport For Rent in Middle River Maryland!Water Sports in Potomac River · 3 guests

Yamaha Ex Sport For Rent in Middle River Maryland!

New
$400day
Seadoo Spark Trixx Jet SkiWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Seadoo Spark Trixx Jet Ski

New
$125hour
Green Yamaha EX Jet SkiWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Green Yamaha EX Jet Ski

New
$125hour
Black Yamaha EX Jet Ski for RentWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Black Yamaha EX Jet Ski for Rent

New
$125hour
Blue Yamaha EX Jet Ski for rentWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

Blue Yamaha EX Jet Ski for rent

New
$125hour
Seadoo Rxtx Supercharged Jetski for Rent in Middle River!!Water Sports in Potomac River · 3 guests

Seadoo Rxtx Supercharged Jetski for Rent in Middle River!!

New
$500day
Yamaha GP1800 Jet Ski for rent in MineralWater Sports in Lake Anna · 3 guests

Yamaha GP1800 Jet Ski for rent in Mineral

New
$130hour
2022 Sea-Doo Spark 2UP JetSki's for rent in SolomonsWater Sports in Potomac River · 2 guests

2022 Sea-Doo Spark 2UP JetSki's for rent in Solomons

New
$125hour
2 Kawasaki STX Jetski's for rent in James CreekWater Sports in Raystown Lake · 3 guests

2 Kawasaki STX Jetski's for rent in James Creek

5.0
$90hour
JETSKI TOURING IN YORKTOWNWater Sports in Chesapeake Bay · 2 guests

JETSKI TOURING IN YORKTOWN

New
$50hour
🌊Double Jet Ski Rental🐟Twice the fun!!⚓A party on the water☀🌞☀Water Sports in Chesapeake Bay · 3 guests

🌊Double Jet Ski Rental🐟Twice the fun!!⚓A party on the water☀🌞☀

5.0
$499day
RENT TWO JET SKI'S! James River, Chesapeake Bay & Surrounding AreasWater Sports in Chesapeake Bay · 5 guests

RENT TWO JET SKI'S! James River, Chesapeake Bay & Surrounding Areas

New
$495day
2019 SeaDoo Jet Ski for rent in AllentownWater Sports in Allentown · 2 guests

2019 SeaDoo Jet Ski for rent in Allentown

New
$225hour
JETSKI TOURING IN HAMPTONWater Sports in Chesapeake Bay · 1 guest

JETSKI TOURING IN HAMPTON

4.0
$50hour
Personal Jet Ski Rentals in Virginia Beach, VirginiaWater Sports in Chesapeake Bay · 2 guests

Personal Jet Ski Rentals in Virginia Beach, Virginia

New
$149hour
Yamaha Waverunner Jetski Rental in Chesapeake, VirginiaWater Sports in Chesapeake Bay · 2 guests

Yamaha Waverunner Jetski Rental in Chesapeake, Virginia

New
$400day
Jet Ski Rental (Yamaha Waverunner), Sutton Lake, Sutton, WVWater Sports in Sutton Lake · 3 guests

Jet Ski Rental (Yamaha Waverunner), Sutton Lake, Sutton, WV

New
$95hour

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    Carrie
    22' Bennington Pontoon..Best prices in DC $150 weekdays/ $185 weekends + Jet Skis Available for addt'l costs...

    Bobby was amazing from the first communicaiton to the boat docked. Answered all my questions leading up to the day in a timely fashion, offered flexibility when the weather was starting to look bad, had a cooler with ice, nice blue tooth speaker. Clean boat, professional. Perfect trip around DC at night with friends before they moved ! We will book again!

  2. BB
    Bryan
    🌊Double Jet Ski Rental🐟Twice the fun!!⚓A party on the water☀🌞☀

    What a great way to top off the trip. Everyone enjoyed the experience and dollar for dollar... how awesome 2 skis!!! Great safety review to start off with my sons maiden voyage. Highly recommend!

  3. MC
    Melodie
    Awesome 2 Seater Seadoo Jetski Rentals on Potomac River

    We had an awesome time, RJ was a great and the experience was so fun!

  4. AM
    Ali
    22' Bennington Pontoon..Best prices in DC $150 weekdays/ $185 weekends + Jet Skis Available for addt'l costs...

    Bobby was easy to work with and it was a great experience from beginning to end!

  5. Desmond
    Desmond
    High Performance Yamaha FX SHO/ Yamaha FX HO Jet skis for Rent in Washington, District of Columbia

    This was an exhilarating experience. The communication was great and we had an easy rental process. He was very hospitable. The jet-skis were in great condition. I will be renting with him again.

  6. LH
    Lindsay
    22' Bennington Pontoon..Best prices in DC $150 weekdays/ $185 weekends + Jet Skis Available for addt'l costs...

    Bobby was a super dad by taking our crew out today to celebrate Father’s Day!! Even though some parts of the Potomac were choppy due to the wind, Bobby knew where to go to keep it calm for our families with 4 little ones on board. Super grateful for this once in a lifetime experience! The view of the monuments were spectacular!!

The Ultimate Jet Ski Rental Guide for 2022

  • First Published Sep 01, 2022
In This Guide
Jet Ski Rental

Jet skis (aka personal watercraft, or PwC) are one of the more adrenaline-boosting ways to enjoy the water. They’re also amazingly simple to operate, so nearly anyone one can enjoy the fast and fun thrill of a jet ski day. Jet skis can be enjoyed just about anywhere, too, from oceans to rivers to lakes — anywhere you can find motorized boats, you can enjoy on a jet ski.

GetMyBoat Jet Ski Statistics
Jet ski listings on GetMyBoat
960
People sent out on the water this year
4,300
Average jet ski booking cost
$538
Most popular location for jet skis
Lake Norman, NC

Types of Jet Ski Rentals

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of thinking about zipping through the water on a jet ski rental — but before you book, consider all your options to pick the best watercraft for you. There are actually several different styles and types of jet skis available, and the first step is to decide which type you’d like to experience (and find it on GetMyBoat).

Jet Ski Rental Costs

It varies based on location, jet ski type, and seasonality, but generally speaking, for a jet ski that can hold two riders, you should expect to pay around $120/hour.

There might be a minimum number of hours you have to rent for, so be sure to factor that into the final cost. Some rental companies and owners will offer a discounted rate if you rent for a whole day or multiple days, so ask if you want to spend a lot of time on the water.

It’s also a good idea to inquire about fuel costs. Some owners include it in the listed price, while others will charge at the end of the experience, so be sure to ask to avoid any surprises.

Single Seat Jet Ski

Single Seat Jet Ski

$75-$90 USD
Double Rider Jet Ski

Double Rider Jet Ski

$100-$140 USD
Yacht Rentals with Jet Skis Included

Yacht Rentals with Jet Skis Included

$250-$700 USD

What To Bring To Your Jet Ski Rental

The most important thing to bring and wear at all times when enjoying a jet ski rental? A lifejacket.

Typically, the operator who is renting you the jet ski is responsible for providing lifejackets for all passengers, but it’s worth confirming before you show up to the dock. And yes, you should always wear your lifejacket when operating a jet ski. It’s crucial for staying safe while enjoying this fun, high-speed activity. It’s also a good idea to bring:

  • Plenty of sunscreen
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • Protective clothing for avoiding sunburn
  • A bottle of water

Obviously, you’re going to want to dress to get wet — because it’s almost guaranteed that you will. And be sure to apply sunscreen first before you head out on the water to protect yourself from damaging UV rays.

Most people wear their normal swimwear. But if you have options, choose something that prioritizes your physical comfort when on a jet ski. That means avoiding any clothing or swimwear that is too tight, too loose, or could otherwise interfere with your experience.

What To Bring To Your Jet Ski Rental

How To Ride a Jet Ski

  1. Get in a comfortable seated position. (Or standing, if you’re on a stand-up jet ski.)
  2. Place the key lanyard bracelet around your wrist and insert the key into ignition. It’s crucial to have a lanyard around your wrist attached to the key at all times. It functions as a kill switch — in case you’re thrown off the jet ski at any point, the machine will turn off and come to a stop.
  3. Turn the jet ski on and position your hands on the bars and your feet on the footrests.
  4. Check your surroundings to make sure it’s safe to begin cruising.
  5. Slowly and gently begin to press the throttle.
  6. Cruise slowly away from the shoreline or dock where you picked up your jet ski, and get used to the feeling of pressing the throttle and understanding the speed it gives you.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, look around before you take off cruising and be mindful of other boats, swimmers, obstacles such as shallow water and sandbars, docks, jetties, and any other obstructions that could cause a collision.
  8. Always increase your speed gradually. Never take off wildly on a jet ski, especially if you have a passenger with you.
  9. To turn your jet ski, lean to the side/direction you want to turn while maintaining a steady but slower speed. Make sure your passenger does the same.
  10. To slow down or stop, ease off the throttle. Some jet skis do have brakes that enable you to stop faster, but this is not a standard feature of all PWC.

Jet Ski Experiences & Tours

Which of these jet ski experiences are available to you will depend on where you’re located, of course. But to show you a full breadth of the kinds of things you can do on a jet ski, here are a few of our favorites.

Water Sports by Jet Ski

If you enjoy tow sports like wakeboarding, water skiing, or tubing, there are specially designed jet skis made just for that purpose. Most jet skis are designed to allow water sports — the only styles that you cannot tow a rider on are standing jet skis, and older models with two-stroke engines. Larger, 3-seater jet ski models are best for towing riders since they have more powerful engines and a higher weight capacity. Sea-Doo wake series jet skis are even specifically designed for water sports.

A few advantages of using a jet ski instead of a boat for tow sports:

  1. Safety. The propulsion system of jet skis actually makes it safer to wakeboard, tube, or water ski behind a jet ski
  2. Affordability. Generally, a jet ski rental is cheaper than a boat rental for water sports.
  3. Ease. After a rider falls, it’s faster to get them back up again with the maneuverability of a jet ski.

There are a few disadvantages, though, to consider before you go out:

  1. The size of the wake. Jet skis can’t create large enough wakes for impressive wakeboarding tricks, or large waves for tubes to fly over.
  2. Smaller crowd size. The smaller size limit means fewer passengers and people can enjoy water sports with you. Plus, storing the equipment for transport is more cumbersome.
  3. A lower hitch point. The tow rope being located lower does present a risk of it being caught in the motor, and makes it difficult for riders to perform jumps.

Weather Safety

Jet Ski rental: Weather Safety

Obviously, you don’t want to get stuck in a storm or plan your boat day during rainy, cold weather. Check your local weather forecast a few days out, and keep tabs on the radar to make sure you’re renting on a day where it’s safe to go out.

But even with that basic preparation, you can still be caught off guard on the water, so it’s good to prepare ahead of time in case conditions change.

What if the weather takes a turn?

One of the first tricks a rider should learn is how to read clouds, since their shape, speed, and position in the sky are all hints as to what the weather will be doing in the near future — and with that knowledge, you can plan and react accordingly. Below are a few basics; for more, check out our full guide on how to predict the weather at sea.

And if there’s a risk you’ll get stuck in bad weather, check out this guide for buying foul-weather gear that will keep you protected.

Cirrus Clouds

These high, wispy clouds are ice clouds positioned high in the atmosphere. If they appear long and wispy, or if you actually see them moving, then a change in weather might be imminent that day.

Distant Storms

You might see the edges of storms and cloud banks while at sea. Don’t panic —they may head toward you, or they may pass harmlessly by. You can try to gauge a storm system’s movement and move accordingly, but remember that storms often change direction, and larger ones tend to travel in a circular pattern. If you happen to have a barometer on board, you can check it for a better reference; a drop in air pressure means that a storm could be imminent in your area.

Winds

A shift in wind direction means a change in weather. Most prevailing winds in the Northern Hemisphere go from west to east, and so a persistent wind blowing due north or south may have a strong system connected to it.

Scent

As humidity increases, so does your sense of smell. A day at sea where everything smells much stronger than usual can mean an impending rain.

Weather Questions and Concerns

What if it rains on my jet ski day?

Cancellation and rescheduling policies vary from owner to owner. If the weather is bad on your scheduled boat day, contact your owner/operator to ask about rescheduling, or a refund. You can (and should) also ask about specific cancellation policies before you book, and often the owner will put it in the listing description of their boat.

Can I cancel or reschedule my jet ski rental if there’s bad weather?

This will vary depending on your jet ski owner or captain, but many are very flexible and will work with you to find an alternative time when the weather is better. Be sure to ask about their cancellation and rescheduling policy before you book.

Jet Ski Rental FAQs

What do I need to know about renting a jet ski?
  • In some locations, it will be required that you complete a boating safety education course before you rent a jet ski. This is recommended to everyone, and in some locations it will be mandatory.
  • Typically, anyone renting a jet ski to be the operator will need to be at least 18 years old and present a driver’s license or government-issued ID at the time of renting.
  • Any passenger you intend to bring with you on your jet ski will need to be at least 42 inches tall to ride with you.
  • If you’ve never been jet skiing before, make sure you have a thorough safety briefing and tutorial of how to operate the watercraft and equipment before you push off from the docks. Have the owner demonstrate all features of the machine and answer any question you might have.
How old do I need to be to rent a jet ski?

You need to be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license to rent a jet ski.

How long should I rent a jet ski for?

Usually, a 1-2 hour jet ski rental is typical for people looking to enjoy some time cruising the waves, exploring a beach, or taking a lesson on how to ride. Most jet ski safaris and tours are about 2 hours in length.

For people looking for a longer, more involved jet ski adventure, look into booking a half-day or full-day rental so you have more control over where you go and what you can enjoy with your jet ski. This is a great option if you’re renting a jet ski while staying at a waterfront property with your own dock, and you want a chance to enjoy a break on land before heading back out to the waves. You can even rent a jet ski for a whole week if you want to go every day of your vacation!

Do you need a driver’s license to rent a jet ski?

Yes, you will need a driver’s license to rent a jet ski in almost all locations.

How much should you tip a jet ski tour guide?

Tipping customs vary by country and location, but generally a good rule of thumb is to tip between 15% and 20% of the tour cost to the guide if you feel your guide did an exceptional job and provided an excellent service.

Do I need jet ski insurance to rent a jet ski?

It’s not strictly necessary, but is definitely a good idea to have some form of insurance and liability coverage when renting a jet ski. Typically, homeowners insurance or insurance with travel-centric credit cards does not include rented jet skis, so you probably won’t be automatically covered through something like that. So while it is optional, we recommend having some form of coverage before you set out, whether it’s included by the jet ski owner or rental company you’re obtaining the jet skis from, or from a third party that you purchase on your own.

Where should I go with my jet ski rental?

It’s a great idea to do some research on your own, or ask the owner for recommendations if you’re not from the area. It obviously depends on your specific location, but popular places to venture to often include sandbars, islands, beaches, coves, and waterfront restaurants. But, it’s a good idea to inquire with the boat owner for recommendations on what to do and advice on navigating there safely.

Do I need a boating license to rent a jet ski?

Boating license requirements vary from state to state, country to country, and can even be different in various cities and local jurisdictions of the same state. As a renter, you are responsible for understanding local requirements and regulations.

For more information please check out our Boating Laws and Regulations by State Guide and download our Boating Safety Checklist.

Where can I take a boating safety course?

Many boat safety courses are offered online and you can earn a certificate that will qualify you to rent a boat on your own. You can also often take in-person boating lessons which will teach you the necessary hands-on skills to operate a boat independently. Check out BoatEd for more information on local boating safety requirements and courses. You can also check out our Top Boating Safety Tips resources.

Are lifejackets Included in the price of a jet ski rental?

Most owners will include all lifejackets and safety equipment within the price of your listing, though you might want to ask just to be safe if you don’t see it specifically noted on the listing.

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