The commonly used term “Jet Ski” is actually a registered trademark. Kawasaki uses the brand name “Jet Ski” for the line of personal water craft that they manufacturer. The term Jet Ski is a popular term and often used to refer to all personal water craft. Other brand names like “Sea Doo” and “Wave runner” are also categorized as personal water craft.
What time is the last Sea Doo rental of the day?
Sea Doos must return to the dock an hour prior to sunset, so the last rental time varies throughout the year. Staff must also have time to review the equipment with customers, so you must arrive at our dock at least 3 hours prior to sunset for an hour rental. Feel free to call us before you head down to get an exact time.
What time are you open?
From Memorial Day till Labor Day we are open 7 days a week from 10 AM till the last rental.. Rentals are available before 10 AM by reservation. During April, May, and September we open at 10 AM Saturday & Sunday and 11 AM Monday thru Friday. October till March we open Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday at 11 AM and are open by reservation Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Where do we park?
Unfortunately we do not have parking, so please refer to our map for parkingoptions close to us. Parking at the beach, especially in the Balboa area, can be challenging during the summer, so we highly recommend arriving early. Please also note that most metered parking is two hours so the beach parking lot is usually the best option for our customers.
If we arrive early is there anything for us to do?
YES, there is a lot of food and activities around us in the Balboa Fun Zone. We actually highly recommend arriving early on Saturday and Sunday even if you do not want to go out on a Sea Doo till the afternoon. As the day goes on typically the parking gets worse and worse. Check out some of the things to do in the Balboa Fun Zone.
How many people can ride on one Sea Doo?
We limit each Sea Doo to only TWO riders. There are no exceptions to this rule.
How old do I have to be to rent?
Someone 18 or older with a legal ID must be on each Sea Doo rented. We must hold on to the ID for your entire rental time. Children can ride along and those over 15 can drive with an adult on the Sea Doo.
How old must a child be to ride with an adult?
Children must be over 50 pounds and have signed permission from their legal guardian.
Is there a weight limit?
Single riders must be under 350 lbs. Sea Doos with two riders may not have a combined weight over 400 lbs.
I have never been on a Sea Doo, is that okay?
YES, we have a lot of first time riders go out all the time. Please just let our staff know that you have never been on a Sea Doo and we will make sure you are prepared and comfortable before we send you out.
What should I wear?
Bathing suits, shorts, or any other sort of light clothing for the water. Heavy clothing or jeans are not permitted for safety reasons.
Can I wear a wetsuit?
Yes and we have spring wetsuits (short sleeve, short legs) free of charge and full (long sleeve, long legs) for $10 each.
Do I have to wear a life jacket?
Yes by law all passengers on personal water craft must wear a life jacket at all times. We have life jackets for children over 50 lbs, men in XXXL, and everything in between.
Is there anywhere for me to store my personal belongings?
We have small cubbies where you can leave bags and clothing while you are out on the Sea Doos. The Sea Doos also have a small glove box where you can store a bottled water or other small items. These areas are only water resistant, so we do recommend being careful with anything you want to take.
Can my passenger and I switch off who drives?
YES, there is no problem having the driver and passenger switch during the rental time. If you have any questions on how to switch spots while you are out on the ocean please let our staff know and they will make sure to review this with you.
Where do I take the Sea Doo?
Because we are located within Newport Harbor, which has a no wake policy, Sea Doos must be taken out to the Ocean. Travel time in the harbor can vary depending on tides, but typically takes 15 minutes to get out to the ocean and 15 minutes to get back to the dock. We do provide a free 30 minutes on all standard rentals to cover this travel time.
Can I ride the Sea Doo to Catalina?
NO! Sea Doos must stay within the Newport Beach area and riders must keep the land within their view the entire time. We review the riding area, which is about a three mile stretch, before each rental leaves the dock.
Do you charge a damage deposit?
Yes, customers must provide a credit card or cash for a $500 damage deposit for each Sea Doo rented. Authorizations are ran on the credit card before you leave the dock and released/closed when you return to the dock with the equipment in the same condition.
How does damage happen?
Damage typically only occurs when renters run in to each other or other objects on the water. Our staff will review rules and safety procedures with you prior to leaving, so that you can avoid any damage. We will also inspect all equipment with you prior to leaving the dock.