For many years I have allowed fear to stop me doing things, through the fear of “what if?” Since I started to blog, I have been given so many amazing opportunities. Blogging has turned me in to a “Yes” person (finally). When Bournemouth Bloggers put the invite out to experience a Jet Skiing session with JetSki Safaris I had to say yes!
The morning of I was pretty nervous, but super excited to experience something so exciting and new. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, but this didn’t stop the Jet Ski session taking place.
On arrival at JetSki Safaris (Salterns Marina, Poole) we were provided with a wet suit, helmet, and a life jacket. We got changed in the ladies changing room, these facilities were clean and spacious. We were then taken to another office space where we were shown a safety/instruction video. This made it all feel very real, and I did become extremely nervous at that point.
Emma and I decided we would share a Jet Ski. On reflection I am so happy we did this, because both being mums we got each other, and knew our limitations. We both got on the Jet Ski ready to start the hour session on the water.
During the first part of the session we learnt how to steer out of the Marina safely, at a steady speed. We then went into Poole Harbour and learnt how to move the Jet Ski, how to gain speed, and how to break safely around buoys. This was a great way of getting a feel for the Jet Ski. The instructor did a demonstration before each task, and talked us through each step clearly. What I really liked was how he continuously emphasised the importance of safety, not to scare us but to make us aware.
Once we had grasped the basics we were ready to take to open water! The instructor told us that once in the open water we could go at a speed we felt comfortable with. Going at speed was absolutely thrilling, but as we hit the open water the wave size did increase, and at one point Emma and I decided to take it a bit slower as we nearly came off (something I wanted to avoid). The others raced off but we were happy going at our own pace. This was absolutely fine, you weren’t made to feel silly or slow, we were able to do what made us feel comfortable.
When we reached Old Harry Rocks, I felt so blessed! I have walked out to Old Harry many times, but would never have believed I would have seen it from the water perspective! Such a bucket list tick moment for me!
Overall my Jet Ski experience was incredible, I smiled the entire time! I feel so lucky to have been able to do something so thrilling, and to see the Dorset Coast line from that perspective. JetSki Safaris are located in the perfect spot. They are knowledgeable and relaxed, yet conscientious. Most important of all they made the experience fun, and memorable. I would highly recommend it!
Salterns Marina, 40 Salterns Way, Poole, BH14 8JR,
Tel: 01202 706 784
(all images belong to me or JetSki Safaris. This was a gifted experience, but all of the above opinions are my own)
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx