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Wild Rides has bought an adrenaline Jet Ski experience to Adelaide that has been a long time missing! Wild Rides Jet Ski hire with guided tours is now available from West Beach. Just 20 minutes from the CBD and 10 minutes from the popular tourist destination of Glenelg, ideally and centrally located.
This is a great watercraft experience that you don’t require boat licence for. As these are guided tours offered, under Wild Rides’ supervision, just photo proof of ID is needed for the agreement. No experience is needed, so if you’ve never given it a go, now is the time! With 2 jet skis available, these are personalised tours with your ability in mind at all times.
I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with them to find out what Wild Rides was all about, the exciting experiences they offer and what to expect from one of their Wild Rides! I even got a surprise treat to join in their photoshoot, which I must admit, was a lot of fun!
Who are Wild Rides?
The story behind the creation of Wild Rides is charismatic, influencing and part of a bigger vision for the makers behind it. Jono, and his partner, Koby, both who are still currently working hard full-time, are relentlessly getting behind Wild Rides to make it a success. It’s not just a success for them; it’s a success to ensure others can experience the same sense of freedom and happiness they have. After travelling around Australia in the very same van that you’ll see down at West Beach, they want to share that feeling and the excitement it bought. In their words… to “Chase that feeling”. And what better way to do than on a jet ski in Adelaide! All without the need for a boat licence!
South Australia and its weather patterns, especially the south-westerly winds, make offering a Jet Ski Hire service in Adelaide challenging. It relies on making the most of when conditions are ideal. The State can’t rely on the idyllic weather that the East Coast States enjoy, where there is an abundance of jet ski hire operators available. This makes it even more important to try and support this great South Australian business and the future of its success.
However, this hasn’t put Jono and his team off from making this a huge winner in Adelaide. Wild Rides, a play on Jono’s surname, Wildman, sets them up for a bigger future. The company has not just been called Wild Rides Jet Ski for a reason! Their vision is clear – to become a leader in the hire industry and really make their mark, especially in Adelaide. Wild Rides is certainly here to stay, whether on or off the water; there is a lot more to come from this new adventure rental.
Anyone watching Jono out on the water with his own black Sea-Doo Spark jet ski would be easily convinced that he has owned a jet ski for a very long time. A whole mere 9 months in fact before setting up Wild Rides! This short amount of time shows his passion for this water sport and his enthusiasm to share the same experience he gets out on the water. It’s not just Jono that loves to hit the open waves. Both Koby and his brother Jordan join the team on weekends for support and have that inner smile beaming out of them whenever they head into the water to jump on a ski!
For anyone who may remember, Adelaide’s last jet ski hire operation was SA Jet Ski Tours. A great guy called Dave used to run these tours from Gillman, based on the Port River. I was lucky enough to jump on a tour back in 2015 before he stopped offering the jet ski hire in 2016. SA Jet Ski Tours were a similar concept, and no boat licence was needed. Since then, there has not been a jet ski tour hire operation in Adelaide’s metro area.
What’s on offer with Adelaide’s latest Jet Ski hire and where to find them?
As it currently stands, Wild Rides offers Adelaide Jet Ski Hire through guided tours, single and double Kayak hire and Stand Up Paddleboard hire from the stunning West Beach shoreline. This exciting offer contributes to the award-winning and ever-expanding West Beach Park Resort which is fast becoming, if not already, one of the largest leisure resorts in South Australia. Spread over a kilometre of Military Road, West Beach, activities include:
- SkyWalk, GaintSwing, MegaClimb and MegaJump at Mega Adventure
- Bolder than life 18 hole Mini Crazy Golf
- A giant inflatable Water Park, the Big Wedgie, available during Summer months
- Adelaide Sailing Club offering Start Sailing courses, Discover Sailing Experiences and School Holiday Programs
- Panoramic coastal views from the beachfront restaurant, bar and function centre at Oceanique @ The Adelaide Sailing Club
- West Beach Boat Ramp, a popular launch spot with plenty of parking available (check out the live webcam here)
- West Beach Parks Marina, including boat storage, boat servicing, boat sales with bait, tackle and retail marine accessories offerings
- Public golf facilities, a Golf Academy and Driving Range at West Beach Parks Golf
- E-scooters available for a ride along the sand dunes and dedicated coastal footpath
- A safe swimming beach, patrolled by West Beach Surf Life Saving Club during summer weekends
This list does not include all the facilities inside The Retreat at West Beach Parks and West Beach Big4 Holiday Park. These feature gorgeous swimming pools, a splash zone, go-kart hire, bike hire, giant jumping pillows, tennis courts and games room.
With all the above mentioned, it’s easy to see how this is becoming a well-regarded tourist destination within South Australia. Wild Rides is the latest addition to the list of attractions, especially considering it is suitable for all family members.
To find Wild Ride Jet Ski Tours, head down to the Adelaide Sailing Club and you’ll see them just to the right (when looking out west over the water) as this section of the beach begins. Parking is available at the West Beach Boat Ramp, or along Hamra Avenue, just past Mega Adventure. If parking in this area, walk along the footpath heading south until you find the boardwalk down to the beach. Don’t attempt to go over the sand dunes as I did – you’ll get nowhere! Once there, I dare you not to get excited as you see the shiny new jet skis bobbing in the water, inviting you to jump on!
The Sea-Doo Jet Skis for hire
These 2 brand new (2021) Sea-Doo GTI jet skis are among the best in the market. Ideal for hiring, they are super stable, unbelievably safe and have easy controls to operate. The hull is wider than the traditional Sea-Doo Sparks at 125cm wide, compared to 118cm. This makes the jet ski feel more capable of handling the waves as you twist and turn.
It feels light for its size when riding. Handles even better than I thought. With a lower centre of gravity, it gives you confidence when riding at speed. Wild Rides made a good decision to go for the 130HP, instead of the smaller 90HP engine. Having recently rode a 90HP Sea-Doo on the River Murray, it makes sense to have a larger engine on the ocean. River riding is a lot smoother without the waves, unless you create them! However, having the 130HP gives you that extra power when needed to cut over the waves, making for a better ride! And it just sounds amazing!
The Ergolock Seat is really comfortable, especially for those longer tours. The larger platform at the rear is perfect for boarding, both in shallow and deeper waters. And you’ll be glad of the watertight compartment to keep electronic devices in.
Jono and the team also keep a couple of sealed water bottles in this compartment for you during the tour (there is nothing like a mouthful of seawater to get rid of!). There is plenty more space for a phone and/or waterproof camera. You could also put in here some sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc. for those longer tours.
What Jet Ski Tours are available?
In true Jet Ski Safari fashion, Wild Rides offers a good range of Jet Ski guided tours. All tours are available for 4 people – 2 people per jet ski (speak to the team if you have a passenger that you’d like to join Jono on his jet ski). Here’s a detailed description of each one:
The Wild Ride
This 45-minute Wild Ride tour can accommodate up to 2 people on the same ski for a great taster experience of jet skiing on the open ocean. Follow Jono as you twist and turn, jumping over waves and making a serious splash. Enjoy some time making your own moves and soak in the coastline vibes from a different angle. Want to swap drivers? Just let Jono know so you can easily switch during the tour. This jet ski tour is a great experience to cool down on those hot summer days, with a shot of adrenaline thrown in! Perfect if you are on a budget, especially if sharing the cost with your other passenger.
West Beach Adventure
Take to the ocean blue waters and see the local picturesque coastline like never before. This 90-minute tour, accommodating up to 2 people on one jet ski, takes you on a scenic route to enjoy the best views. This tour is all about pure excitement as you head towards Glenelg, blasting past Brighton and pausing at Marino to take in the incredible cliff formations as you catch your breath! Take some time out to create your own waves and see how high you can jump! You won’t want the fun to stop on this tour which is a blend of excitement and stunning scenery for an experience you won’t forget.
Enjoy this memorable Sunset Cruise for 90 minutes, available for 2 people, as you take to the water for the last tour of the day. Enjoy wave jumping, a scenic ride and some free play time, before soaking up the vibes for one of the best views of the sunset in South Australia. Experience the colours changing during that special golden hour, share your favourite photos on social media and take in this experience like no other in Adelaide! Perfect for that special or romantic occasion.
This 4-hour tour is the ultimate jet ski safari experience, also available for up to 2 people per jet ski. Enjoy the best value for money tour as you head north up the coast, taking in views of Henley Beach, Grange, Tennyson and Semaphore. Glide past the numerous jetties as you see fishing rods bobbing and crab nets sinking in lure for the catch of the day. Blast past the Cruise terminal (you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of a giant Cruise ship at port, just perhaps not in 2021!) and into the Marine Sanctuary full of playful dolphins, nosy seals and an abundance of wildlife. Whilst marine life is protected from you approaching them if spotted, you’ll often find these inquisitive mammals make their way over to you for a good look! Magical!
Explore both Garden and Torrens islands, cruising past the plentiful mangroves and you may even find a mysterious shipwreck or two along the way. With so much to see and do, you’ll be ready for a break at the newly refurbished SailMaster in North Haven. Tuck into a wood-fired pizza and a couple of soft drinks in this stunning setting over the marina, included in the price. Now you’re ready to go again, it’s time to jump on the jet ski as you meander out of the marina, ready for a blast back to West Beach.
This really is the ultimate jet ski experience in South Australia and one not to be missed! Explore areas not often found in local Adelaide waters; you will definitely want your waterproof camera for this one!
What to expect when jumping on a jet ski hire tour?
Booking has been made easy with Wild Rides’ simple online booking system for jet ski tours. Browse through their different jet ski options and find a suitable date and time available. You can also book gift vouchers online through their website.
For Kayak and SUP hire, contact Wild Rides direct to reserve a time. Alternatively, head down to their location at West Beach and organise a booking directly with the team.
What I love about Wild Rides is their transparency with pricing. What you see is exactly what you pay. There are small taxes and fees charged online (as there is with most things when booking online!), but there are no extra costs for an additional passenger on the same jet ski or insurance costs. This makes a refreshing change from some other operators I have skied with, where the price can rocket quite high. Wild Rides is affordable. It’s great value for money, especially considering the costs to run a watersports business. Another reason that Wild Rides is true to their vision; that they want everyone to “Chase that feeling”.
Sometimes the weather just isn’t in your favour. If Wild Rides has no choice but to cancel the tour, you will be offered an alternative day or full refund. However, if you decide to cancel, make sure you do by 6 pm of the day before to receive a voucher of the value of the tour purchased. Any time after this, and you risk losing 100% of the value. If in doubt, or you need to change the date, speak to the team who will be more than happy to help.
Once you arrive at the Wild Rides big blue gazebo on the beachfront, you’ll be met by the friendly team. Time to get the formal stuff out the way. Fill in a super easy electronic form with personal details, a form of photo ID and disclaimer confirmation that you are about to undertake a watersport that comes with some risks. This is the normal practice within the hire industry. It is pretty routine, as long as you take some common sense out on the water with you! A copy of this paperwork can easily be emailed to yourself for reference.
With that out the way, it’s time to get kitted up with a personal flotation device for each person, or lifejacket for want of a better word, jazzed up in the Wild Rides brand colour. They do look pretty damn smart! Now, who’s excited for getting out on the water??!!
Head down to the jet ski’s, and you’ll be taken through a safety briefing and instruction on how to operate. Even if you have all the jet ski experience in the world, it is still the team’s responsibility to take you through this as you are under their supervision. Wild Rides is about making the experience as enjoyable as possible, so it’s all about you and the pace you want to go.
Whilst the skis are easy to operate, still take on board their controls, where to find things, the step at the rear of the ski to get back on if you end up in the drink (fun but sure you won’t with how stable they are) and the important safety features, including the emergency stop. Whilst Jono will be out on the water with you; sometimes it may be hard to shout from a distance so you’ll want to have some basic knowledge. Take as much time with this briefing and instruction to ensure you understand.
Once the briefing is complete, push the jet ski’s out into the water slightly and hop on! If this is the first time on a jet ski or you just want to get familiar with the operation, let Jono know so you can have some time close to the shoreline getting used to it. Operating a watercraft, jet ski or boat is quite a strange feeling if not done before. It’s not the same as a car or motorbike. These react quickly to turning or stopping as there is grip on the road. Water is quite hard to grip onto! But that’s not to say it is difficult; it’s just different. Get used to the feeling, how the jet ski turns, accelerates and brakes. You’ll be a dab hand in no time!
That’s it, you’re off! For most of the tour, you’ll be following Jono on his own jet ski. Watch out for the waves his ski leaves behind him, as you jump and splash about around them. Jono will keep an eye on things throughout. He will slow down or speed up according to how you are getting on. During the tour, a simple arm raised by yourself means he will stop and make his way back to you. If you are wondering, this is easy to see in the good-sized rear wing mirrors available on the jet skis.
Whilst on any of the tours, make sure you enjoy some free time. Take a blast on some smooth waters, or doughnuts are always a good one to jump your own waves – just be prepared to get wet! Jono will just keep an observant eye from afar to ensure everything is ok. Throughout the tour, he will ensure you are having the best time, according to your expectations and ability.
Who can ride these Jet Skis for hire?
Please remember with any watercraft sport; there is a requirement for a reasonable level of fitness. You will need to get up onto the jet ski in shallow water, but also be able to climb back on board in case you do come off in the ocean. There is a small ladder at the back of the ski to make this easier. There’s also the fitness and concentration needed to operate the jet ski for a while on longer tours. It looks like fun from watching from afar, but with the sun beaming down, the wind blasting and the adrenaline pumping, I have no doubt you’ll be just a little tired after!
To hire the jet ski as a rider, the minimum age is 16 years old – with a parent or guardian’s signature if under 18 years old. Passengers under 16 can accompany a parent or guardian, with the minimum passenger age being 12 years old (for insurance reasons). If there are 3 of you wanting to go out, why not ask the team if another passenger can go out with Jono to ensure everyone shares the experience.
The maximum weight capacity for each jet ski is 220kg combined weight for both rider and passenger.
For more FAQs, check out their information page on their website.
Kayak and Stand Up Paddle board Hire
Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards are available to hire immediately during Wild Rides opening times. There is a good choice of single and double kayaks available.
With 2 inflatable 11ft Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP boards) available, don’t miss this opportunity as there aren’t many SUP hires in Adelaide. Especially this close to the beach so you don’t have to worry about carrying them too far!
What is even better, is the protected area of water, just to the left of Wild Rides. The marina breakwater means this is perfect to give SUP a go in calm water. If you are anything like me, any chance to get my feet to stay on the board is welcomed!
The team are happy to offer some friendly advice and instruction if you want to ensure you have a great time! Prices are super affordable and great value for just 1 or a few hours of watersports fun, relaxation or exercise!
Splashdown with Wild Rides Jet Ski Tours
Wild Rides is a professional, safe, friendly jet ski hire service with your experience at the heart of what they do, which you can really feel. Jono and the team unquestionably have the best office in South Australia, but this isn’t about them. It’s about you. Whether it’s your first time giving it a go or want to hit the water and match Jono’s impressive ability to ski, Wild Rides is for you.
Even if you wanted to head down to West Beach and just get on the jet ski to see how it feels, the team would be more than happy to help.
I do not doubt that Wild Rides is the start of something new and exciting in Adelaide. So why not be a part of it and book your jet ski tour today! Find out more on their website, or follow them on their popular Facebook and Instagram feeds.
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Happy Jet-skiing! 💦
Travel With No Anchor was a guest of Wild Rides to experience the service they have on offer. However, opinions and views are my own; strongly recommending this jet ski hire in Adelaide to others.
Water loving British girl who moved to Australia and seriously caught the travel bug! Loves to explore and share destinations that inspire others to spend more time on the water and in the great outdoors. Typically, you’ll find her on a boat or next to the ocean, often in a daydream!