Jet skiing at sharjah corniche

Jet Skiing Full Throttle

A Stupid Idea

It was a bright sunny weekend of so-called winter season in United Arab Emirates, when I asked my friends : Let’s experience something different today. It was mid of Jan. 2010 and we were having lunch together in a restaurant In Ajman state of UAE. After joking with each other and discussing some stupid ideas, we agreed to even stupider idea; to go for jet skiing. You might be surprised that why it was a foolish idea but you would agree with me by knowing that, at that time, none of us knew swimming.

Finding Marina

The next question was: where to go for jet skiing? We did a simple thing. We got out of restaurant, stopped a taxi and asked the driver to drop us on any near-by marina.  After a drive of half hour, we were finally at Sharjah corniche (beach). It was a creek and sea water was pretty calm.

A view of marina at Sharjah corniche.

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Water Scooter riders performing some stunts and splashing water.

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A Twist in the Story

Seeing some water scooter expert riders maneuvering in sea water, coming close to the shore and speedily going back while splashing water on onlookers, energized me. I was keen to experience the adrenaline at full throttle. However the feelings of my friends were totally opposite. They quitted one by one, all three of them. Today I think that they were right as It was definitely risky to drive a watercraft in sea when one is not good at swimming. However I remained firmed and decided to go for it.

Experiencing the Adrenaline

There were many parked water scooters available for rental with owners awaiting customers. I checked with one of them. The rent was 100 AED (26 USD) for half hour. I paid him the amount and he started filling the tank of scooter with fuel. After wearing life jacket, I was ready to rock n roll.

Since it was first time for me, I inquired him about the controls of the craft. He stood beside me on water scooter and made a small round in sea while explaining me the controls.

Me, leaving the coast on water scooter.

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I was a bit cautious for initial few minutes. I took couple of slow turns and realized that water craft was very stable. Within a while, my hesitance gone away and I started cruising the vehicle at high speed.

 It was getting dark and I was enjoying the speed.

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After around 15 minutes, I became so confident and excited that I stood up on the craft while cruising at full throttle. The craft was just  like flying in the air and hitting the water.

Me, cruising at full throttle.

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Finally the time was over and I had to turn back to the shore where my friends were waiting for me. My clothes were half wet with some salty sea taste on my lips. It was a wonderful experience. But I would definitely recommend others to not follow my crazy act and refrain from sea waters unless you are a good swimmer.

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