Journey Called Life

by: Marie Fe Amaya

Journey Called Life

Family Adventure: jet skiing Arizona

The lake is calling so my family must go.

Arizona is a home to many wonderful lakes. These are the lakes in Arizona that my family always hangout with. And it is bucket list worthy!

Arizona Lakes

Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is located in the Colorado river between Arizona and California. It took us for about 3 hours to travel by car from Anthem Arizona. There are many things to do in Lake Havasu. Many families go in boating, camping, kayaking, sailing, hiking and many more. It is the popular spot for jet skiing. You can bring your own jet ski or you can rent.

Would you like to buy your own jet ski? I highly recommend Jet Ski Unlimited/JSU Kawasaki. A family-owned and operated business kawasaki dealer located at 2030 W Deer Valley Road, Phoenix Arizona. For more info. dial (623) 581-1620. Visit their website https://www.jetskiunlimited.com to see more variety of powersports products.

Lake Pleasant

Another lake that is favorite of my family is Lake Pleasant. It is located in Morristown Arizona. It is the nearest lake that we can go for just about 30 minutes to drive from Anthem where we live.

We took I-17 to Carefree Highway (SR 74). Exit Carefree Highway and travel west 15 miles to Castle Hotspring Road. Then travel north to Lake Pleasant Regional Park entrance. If you don’t have a jet ski, there are many jet ski rentals in the area.

Come to Lake Pleasant for a great vacation or weekend full of fun and relaxation.

Bartlett Lake

Bartlett Lake is located 40 miles from Anthem Arizona. It took us about an hour drive to Bartlett lake. It’s a wonderful lake to hangout with family. Your family for sure will have a fantastic day!

Family Lake Experience

My husband always participates in a jet ski race held at Lake Havasu wherein last year he got the third place in “Mark Hahn Memorial 300” jet ski race. By July this year, he will be joining the jet ski race at Long Beach California.

My husband taught me how to operate the jetski. From starting the engine, how to go forward and go backward and how to control the jetski. The most important is how to ride safely and make sure that your jetski is functioning well.

Learning Experience

My husband always bring his jet ski to the technician for a check-up before we go to the lake. Make sure your jet ski has enough gas before you go into the water

As you couldn’t imagine having fun in the middle of the lake and suddenly your out of gas. We always have an extra of 2 big gallons of gas in the trailer.

We’re not afraid to go in the water since we know how to swim. But, even if we know how to swim everyone needs to wear life jacket as it is required by law if you ride a jetski. If you get fall, life jacket will get you afloat. Wearing life jacket could save your life. And we always make sure to put the jet ski lanyard. Lanyard will off the jetski if the driver falls into the water.

Safety First

My husband always put a long rope on his jet ski. One time there’s a family jetskiing on the lake and they run out of gas, my husband help them using the rope. He tied their jetski on my husband’s jetski and brought them to the shore.

There are a lot more of important things like whistle, gloves, helmet and wet suit. When you ride on a jetski make sure to bring bottled water too because you don’t want to go back to the shore just to drink water.

Jet skiing is so much fun. We always have amazing time with my family jet skiing in the lake. Our daughter who is now 13 years old, loves riding the jet ski too. In fact she’s not scared to drive the jet ski alone.

Riding on a jet ski is just like riding a motorcycle but it doesn’t have a brake. So know your speed limit and stopping distance. It’s hard for me to control especially on rough water.

Just like riding a motorcycle or car you need to see the surrounding and don’t just focus in front of you because there are a lot of jet ski rider around. Be vigilant and alert while you are in the water.

Everytime we visit Lake Havasu we always make sure that we have the flag, fire extinguisher on our jet ski for there’s always a Water Patrolman around the area especially at London Bridge. Make sure not to go fast if you’re riding jet ski on that area. There’s a speed limit and you’re not allowed to make a wave. So set your jet ski into neutral or else the water patrolman will give you a ticket.

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Be aware also in every parking area. In lake Havasu Park, the speed limit of driving your car is 5 mph. From our experience, we don’t see the speed limit sign at the park. As we get out from the park and ready to go home, the police officer is just hiding at the restaurant chase us and said that we are over speeding and he gave us a ticket. I’m just giving you a hint especially to those who are not from Lake Havasu like us.

Final Thoughts

Know the rules and regulations in riding the jetski. During our first visit in lake Havasu, as we are having fun jetskiing, the water patrol officer call our attention.

He talked to my husband asking the age of my daughter since my daughter is driving one of the ski, the permit of our jetski, if there’s a flag, fire extinguisher and the number of the jetski which is smaller than what’s on their rules. Just sharing with you our experience in Lake Havasu.

I am not an expert in riding a jetski, I am just a beginner and sharing what I’ve learned from my husband.

Thanks everyone for reading! Until next time

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