Jet Ski Rental FAQ’s

Jet Ski Rental FAQ's

Empire City Watersports helps answer the most common questions we receive on this Jet Ski Rental FAQ’s page.

When Is The Best Time To Ride?

Thankfully, there are many great times to ride and very few scenarios where we a reschedule is necessary. Clouds in the sky have little to no impact on a great day on the water. In fact, many times they make for a little shade while you glide across very calm water. During any thunder and lightning we do not permit riding for your safety, but clouds, overcast and slight chances of rain may make for some of the best riding conditions.

If you have questions or find yourself hesitant on booking due to weather, please give us a call so we can help you address your concerns. Your safety, followed by your experience, is our top priority. Last minute cloudy days with availability may equate to extra savings or incentives so give us a call (917) 708-3813! 

How much does it cost? 

We have 3 primary packages: 1) A 1 hour rental 2) Statue of Liberty Tour and 3) our Ultimate Experience NYC Tour .There are seasonal specials from time to time. Call to inquire! Security Deposit of $250 per jet ski required and to be returned upon safe return.

What is the difference between a jet ski rental and a jet ski tour? 

A jet ski rental allows you to ride around in a limited area for a set period of time. On a jet ski tour, our guides will personally escort you to some of the most famous attractions and landmarks in New York City. We have three tour packages that vary in duration and routes. Take a look at our NYC jet ski tours.

How many people can ride on one jet ski?

Each jet ski in our fleet can fit up to three, however we allow up to two people per jet ski for your safety and convenience.

Do I need a license to ride a jet ski?

No, you do not need a license to ride a jet ski. Our instructors will brief you on all safety protocols prior to your tour.

What is the minimum age to drive a jet ski?

You must be at least 18 years of age to drive a jet ski. Passengers must be at least 16 years of age.

Do I need to be an experienced jet ski rider?

No. Even if you’ve never ridden a jet ski before, our guided tours allow you to go at your own pace and get accustomed to riding a jet ski.

Is there a weight limit?

Each jet ski can safely hold up to 350 pounds.

Can we switch drivers during the tour?

You can switch drivers on the same watercraft as long as water conditions are safe and both riders have signed the driver agreement.

How fast can I go?

You can switch drivers on the same watercraft as long as water conditions are safe and both riders have signed the driver agreement.

What if I fall off the jet ski?

Before you begin your tour, you will have a safety training during which you will learn how to get back on your jet ski in the unlikely event that you fall off of it.

Where are you located?

417 Bay 41st street, Brooklyn, New York 11214

What are your hours of operation?

We offer jet ski tours seasonally around NYC starting at 8am and ending at sunset.

How do I make a reservation?

Click the Book Now button to schedule a tour!

What is the cancellation policy?

No cancellations or refunds. We will be happy to reschedule your tour within 24 hours of your tours scheduled departure time.

What if it’s raining the day of my tour?

Safety comes first. If we feel that there are dangerous weather conditions, your tour will be rescheduled.

Do I need to bring any equipment?

We provide life vests, which are a requirement, as well as wet suits.

What should I wear?

You must wear a bathing suit or swim trunks. Water shoes would also be a great idea. Please note, hats and sunglasses worn on the jet skis can easily get lost and most likely are impossible to retrieve when misplaced in the water.

Do I have to pay for gas?

There is a fuel charge of $8 for 1-hour rentals and $15 for tours.

Can I bring my cell phone with me?

Absolutely no electronic devices or smoking materials are permitted on our PWC’s for safety reasons.

Will I be able to get photos of my tour?

We do offer a photo package available to all our guests.

What type of Jet Skis will I ride on?

We do offer a photo package available to all our guests.

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