Accelerating and breaking the waves, feeling the engine’s power. Jetskis are driven much like a conventional motorcycle.
It is a boat that measures less than four metres in length. They use an internal combustion engine with a water jet pump as the main source of propulsion. They can be driven by one or more people who are seated, standing or kneeling on the hull, rather than within its confines.
The main difference with other types of boats is that jetskis do not use a propeller, but rather are driven by turbine power. There are two types, recreational and sport, in two different models: jets (one-seater) and runabout (multi-seater: two-seater, three-seater and even four-seater). There are also various levels of power: from 50 to 350 horsepower, and jets of up to 163 horsepower.
In Spain, there are three types of certification for driving jetskis: jetski A certification, for driving jetskis of 110 horsepower of more; B, for jetskis of less than 110 horsepower; and C, for jetskis of less than 55 horsepower. These types of vehicles can only be driven by those who are at least 18 years of age or those who are at least sixteen who have authorisation from their parents.
Competition is one of the more common uses. Some competitions are: the circuit (based on two rounds and the route is laid out between buoys, close to the coast), raid (featuring long routes and undoubtedly a favourite amongst drivers) and freestyle (individual style designed for performances with incredible acrobatics).
Argos Academia Náutica organises a theoretical and practical course at its location in Torredembarra (Tarragona) for the Patrón de Navegación Básica certification (basic navigation) for jetskis. However, if one wants to simply enjoy a little bit of leisure time on this powerful water vehicle, there are many companies that hire jetskis by the hour or fractions thereof. One of these is Embarcacions Badia Alfacs (in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Tarragona).