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What to Watch for When Renting Jet Skis in Florida

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 15, 2013 3:41:00 PM

Renting jet skis is a great way to ensure you have an afternoon of fun on the water. However, there are some potential problems here that can have a dramatic effect on you.

Spending a day on the beach and enjoying Florida’s beautiful waters is always an enjoyable experience. Renting Jet Skis has become a popular pastime on the state’s beaches, as well. They’re fast, compact, require no license to operate and are widely available throughout the state. However, before you decide to rent from any company, there are some things that you’ll need to know.

1. Always research a company’s reputation first. This can be difficult to do, particularly if you’re visiting the state. However, you can inquire with the hotel or resort staff about any company in the area and find out if they’re recommended or not.

2. Consider renting from companies affiliated with where you’re staying. If you are staying with a hotel or resort, chances are good that there’s a Jet Ski rental company affiliated with them. Rent from this company rather than a third party.

3. Double-check the rental agreement. Sometimes, rental agreements can hide fees and charges, as well as things like who is responsible should something happen to the equipment. Make sure you fully read the rental agreement before you sign it.

4. Always inspect a Jet Ski before you rent it. Never assume that equipment is in good condition. Always check out any equipment you’ll be renting before you pay the vendor. If the vendor objects, you know that you need to find another company.

5. Know your limits. Jet Ski rental companies don’t usually give you carte blanche to travel wherever you want. Make sure you know what your limits are in terms of distance and locations before you leave the vendor.

6. Safety equipment matters. Make sure that the vendor supplies every person who will be on the Jet Skis (including passengers) with a modern life vest. If the company doesn’t supply life vests, consider renting from another one instead.

7. Be safe and follow the rules. Jet Skis are enormous fun, but the can be dangerous. To avoid the need for a lawyer in the future, make sure that you follow all the safety rules and regulations regarding these machines while you’re out on the water. If you’re unclear on safety and operating procedures, ask the rental company to explain.

Topics: Personal Injury, Boating Accidents