Many of us likely had an introduction to the thrills of jet skiing whilst on holiday, but it’s not just the beaches of the Caribbean or some other exotic location that are the places to go. Jet skiing is a high speed water sport that is great for developing your balance and coordination skills as well as your leg muscles.
There are many great locations where you can get a great introduction to jet skiing. Of all the water sports, jet skiing is probably the easiest to pick up. It’s also probably the fastest, and it’s the adrenaline attached to that speed that attracts thousands of people to the sport.
Fitness benefits of jet skiing
As well as being a hi-octane sport that thrills the competitor, jet skiing has health and fitness benefits that should not be overlooked:
- Great for developing balance and coordination skills, as it requires concentration to stay on board.
- Works the cardiovascular system giving you a great cardio workout on the water
- Helps strengthen both the arm and leg muscles as you give them a good workout when jet skiing.
- Tones your abs as you have to engage your core muscles in order to stay on.
- Burns calories. An average person around 70kg (approx. 154 lbs) will burn over 200 calories during a 30-minute stint of jet skiing.
- Is a great stress-reliever. Ask yourself how many jet skiers have you seen looking like that are not enjoying themselves?
How to get started in jet skiing
We recommend that everyone starting out completes a training course first. Even if you have jet skied before, it’s worth doing it to ensure you have the skills to ride safely. But it’s not just for safety reasons; more and more launch sites are now demanding you have the certificate before allowing you to gain access to the water.
It’s worth researching jet ski courses, as you may not have to find the nearest coastline if you live near any lakes that offer water sport activities. Most jet ski courses only last a day or two, and you don’t even need your own watercraft as you can hire one there!