Jet and Speed Boating
If you have a serious need for speed and an adventurous soul, get yourself out on a jet or speed boat. Most marinas offer daily, weekly or hourly rentals. It is important to wear the appropriate safety gear when you are going to be travelling at these high speeds. Ensuring you are riding with a professional.
Know Your Sandbars
Before setting out, have a detailed map of the shoreline in your mind. Either ask the rental marina if there are any sand bars you should maintain a wide berth around or keep a detailed map in the boat. Running aground at high speeds can be extremely dangerous and you may potentially injure yourself or fellow passengers.
Getting Used to the Boat
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have plenty of open space on the water to get used to the watercraft. Jet and speed boating can be loud but fun. Put the boat in reverse and practice steering at lower speed. This may come in handy when you get back to docking it at the marina. Next, ensure there is no one close to you or any debris such as tree branches ahead of you. Be aware of fishing lines and fellow boaters as you open up the throttle. Make sure everyone in the boat is following water safety regulations and wearing appropriate fitting lifejackets prior to letting her rip. Even if you are all Olympic swimmers, not wearing your lifejackets at all times can lead to heavy fines.
Enjoying the Open Water
There is nothing quite like feeling the wind through your hair and the sun on your face while boating. Be prepared and keep some extra sunscreen on hand and a cooler full of water and snacks. You don't want to end up stranded due to running out of fuel or mechanical problems. Most rental boats will have oars and a tow line of extra rope on hand, but this is always a good thing to take inventory of prior to setting off. You will end up having an amazing day and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.