Get Connected, Join A Group…
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Why should you join PWC Facebook groups? Awhile back, I wrote an article about why many PWC owners don’t get much saddle time in each summer. Weather aside, it talks about barriers to increased participation. Like not knowing where to go, not having anyone to ride with, or fear of getting lost on unfamiliar waters.
Certainly, getting started or heading out on your own can be intimidating. Unfortunately, getting jet ski riding information or connecting with others can be challenging. Meanwhile, as with any other motorized recreation activity, experience breeds confidence. But where do you get it?
One of the best ways is to ride more, especially with knowledgeable riders. That’s one good reason snowmobiling, motorcycling and ATVing each have clubs. Their clubs provide many benefits like structure, social interaction, mentoring, a sense of belonging and more riding opportunities. But personal watercraft riding tends to be more individualistic. So we have adopted a slightly different model…PWC Facebook groups.
About PWC Facebook Groups
PWC Facebook groups typically start with avid riders looking to connect with others to ride with in their area. Thus, most PWC Facebook groups are local or regional. But a few are broader, based on ownership of a specific PWC brand or model, like Sea Doo Owners Official Group. And just so you know, some are also affiliated with PWC manufacturers or other PWC related businesses. Most are public (anyone who qualifies can join).
Whatever their origin, PWC Facebook groups can be valuable assets to new owners. Also to active riders who want to ride more or try different waterways. Plus, get the latest news and updates about their summer fun.
But remember, any group (or club) is only as good as its members. And their willingness to share info, answer questions and welcome newcomers. Most set rules so that their administrators can keep posts civil and relevant. Also, it’s important to remember that any rides arranged through a PWC Facebook group are at your own risk. As such, you assume full responsibility and liability just as if you were riding on your own.
Joining PWC Facebook Groups
It’s likely best to join one or more PWC Facebook groups with similar interests to yours. The main consideration is that they are based in an area you want to ride. Another is how members connect to ride together. Is it by casual posts about who’s going for a ride this weekend? Or do group members organize ride events? How do you know if your riding style, preferences and experience are compatible? Is it all solo riders or is everyone welcome? Are ride protocols in place for participants to follow?
Here are some of the PWC Facebook groups I’ve found in Southern Ontario. They listed alphabetically under each heading, with approximate membership numbers. Plus a good one that operates through their website. And of course, you can always go to my Intrepid Cottager website for complete info about self-guided Ontario tours and riding tips. Meanwhile, if you know of other Ontario PWC groups or have info to add, please let me know and I’ll update the list.
PWC Facebook Groups Ontario List
Groups are listed alphabetically in their section. To connect with your group(s) of choice, click on their name in blue below…
Town & Area List
Hamilton PwC Group – Made for people who enjoy a great day on the water to connect and ride together. Members: 123
Kingston Ontario PWC Riders – Group Created to attract all PWC enthusiasts and riders of all types of Personal watercraft to arrange ride meetups and excursions And to generally encourage support of the PWC community in Kingston Ontario, and surrounding area. Members: 122
Muskoka PWC – This group was created with the thought of connecting people who not only ride the big 3 lakes, but also the smaller lakes and water systems too. A place where hopefully you can find someone to ride with on a Saturday morning. A place where we can share interesting locations, places to eat, and share pictures. Members: 98
Peterborough and Area Sea Doo Club – No description posted. Members: 391
Toronto Personal Watercraft Club – Canadian based Personal watercraft enthusiasts that are Sponsored by & Managed www.TorontoPWC.com. Members feel free to post photos, questions, local items for sale, set up meets & everything else that’s Personal Watercraft related. Participate in one of our many group rides! Members: 1,539
519 PWC – For the personal water craft enthusiast in southwestern Ontario and Michigan area. Members: 372
Ontario PWC Riders – For all enthusiastic PWC riders in Ontario. We are not partisan to any one group or business. Please share your experiences with us and help us to grow the PWC love in our province and surrounding area. Share your experiences with your PWC service providers, events, rides, etc. Members: 580
Sea Doo Canada Jet Ski Group – Official Canadian Seadoo, Jetski, Waverunner, Aquatrax, fan page. Add your Canadian Watercraft Friends. Riders of all regions, provinces, & clubs are welcome. Feel free to post sales ads related to pwc, stories, questions, and more. Connecting all the clubs in Canada. Members: 1,172
Sea Doo Tours Riding Club (website) – The place where great tours of Ontario’s inland lakes and rivers start. Learn about equipment, locations, routes and great patios. Take the PWC tours of your life on our waterways.
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