I’ve been keeping an eye on Groupon deals ever since we arrived in Vancouver, and I was very excited to see a deal for Jet Ski (or Sea-Doo, as they seem to call them here) rental at a place in Vancouver. I’ve always wanted to have a go on one, so now seemed as good a time as any to give it a go. Because of the Groupon deal, we pretty much got a two hour tandem rental for the price of one hour, which worked out at $139. I think that’s a pretty good deal!
We headed over to Granville Island this morning via one of the little boats that takes people to and from locations all around False Creek. Once there, we headed straight for Vancouver Water Adventures and were kitted out with life jackets and a waterproof watch (we’d been panicking all week that we wouldn’t be able to tell the time and would be late back with the jet ski). After a brief chat about where we could and couldn’t go, we headed down to the dock and got shown how to operate everything. We had to keep to 10km/h whilst in False Creek, but as soon as we hit the ocean we could go as fast as we liked.
My first thought, “Fuck me, these are quick”. I was originally thinking I’d be able to go at full speed straight away, but anytime I got near to using the throttle 100%, it felt like we were going to either fall off the back, or burst into a massive explosion as we hit one of the waves. It was a bit scary at first, but great fun.
We headed across the Strait of Georgia and up towards Lighthouse Park, where we’d once been for some walking and a picnic a few weeks after we arrived in Vancouver. We were hoping to find some seals chilling out on the rocks near Lighthouse Park, but we didn’t see a single one. Apparently there will soon be hundreds of seals around the area as it’s mating season, so we may have to return on foot soon to see if we can spot any. We spent some time with the engine off just chilling out and floating in the ocean before making our way back towards the city. On the way we had a bit of an issue with the jet ski; we must have gone over something in the water and it made a pretty loud noise. For the next 5 minutes, every time I accelerated the whole jet ski would vibrate in a very strange way. We spent 10 minutes wondering what the hell we were going to do. Eventually we decided to just go full speed again, and it all sorted itself out.
On the way back I spent a lot of time going around in circles, as it was ridiculously good fun! We also managed to hit full speed, and it actually felt like at fall speed the whole ride was a lot smoother, as we seem to just skim above the water. I noticed the speedo at one point saying 75 km/h, and Natalie said she even saw it say 80 km/h, which is pretty damn fast when you’re on the water.
As our 2 hour limit approached we headed back to the rental place and were on our way. It was such a brilliant thing to do. The jet ski itself was great, but with amazingly sunny weather and stunning views of the city, North Vancouver, Bowen Island, and the mountains all around, it really was incredible. Here is a map of the rough route we took.
In usual fashion, we’ve also made a video! Annoyingly, my GoPro seems to have had a smudge on the lens, or on the casing where the lens is, so all our photos and video have a bit of a blur to them, but either way we’re really pleased to be able to show everyone what we experienced! Enjoy 🙂