Florida is known for its treasure trove of natural wonders, from juicy sweet oranges and glowing year-round sunshine to sandy beaches and clear blue ocean. Of the numerous ways to enjoy the state, by far one of the most popular is jet skiing. Skip Drish of Tampa, a boat captain, and avid jet skier, presents his recommendations for the best spots for a day on the water.
The Florida Keys, the pinnacle of the state’s tropical paradise, are attractive for a variety of reasons, including sport fishing, seafood, scuba diving, boating, and of course, jet skiing. Each of the islands has its own appeal, but you can’t go wrong with any of them when it comes to enjoying the clear blue waters on a jet ski. Jet skiing also provides easy access to many of the islands’ superb snorkeling locations, not to mention a fun and easy way to island-hop and sample all the Keys have to offer.
- Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands
If you’re interested in spotting marine life, such as dolphins and whales, a boat charter or jet skiing expedition is your best bet, Skip Drish Tampa said. Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands, in particular, are great spots for dolphin sightings. Just off the coast of Clearwater, you can also enjoy the islands’ sandy beaches and explore the mangroves.
- Tampa Bay
Naturally, Skip Drish’s favorite place to jet ski is close to home. Tampa Bay is the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, another of the region’s gems. Many people, including Skip Drish, enjoy taking a boat into the gulf followed by a jet skiing excursion. There are also several waterways around Tampa city for those who prefer to stay closer to the mainland.
More on Skip Drish Tampa
When he’s not on the water for work or pleasure, Skip Drish is manning his construction company Worldwide Contracting, Inc. Headquartered in Lutz, Florida, the company also has affiliate offices in Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, and Texas and builds off of Skip Drish Tampa’s 30-plus-year career in construction to produce impeccable workmanship on sites around the country.
Skip Drish also has an impressive background in security, emergency response, and law enforcement. After serving in the U.S. military as a Military Police/Investigations Corporal and Squad Leader in the U.S. and Europe from 1981 to 1984, during which time he earned a U.S. Army Medal for Heroism in the line of duty, he served in various roles within local, state, and government law enforcement arenas, beginning with a position as a Chicago Police Department officer. He has also served in various roles in security, medical services, and investigations, including working on the front lines and as an educator for emergency first response.
On top of his 100-ton boat captain’s license, Skip Drish of Tampa has earned International Convention of Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers certifications. This organization (STCW) sets the internationally-recognized standards for masters, officers, and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and yachts. When he is not providing maritime tours or aid himself, he trains others at local and state levels in subjects such as CPR-AED-First Aid and Search and Rescue – Airboat, ATV, Motor and Equestrian Operation.
Skip Drish Tampa operates boat charters and contracts with local law enforcement to keep Florida’s waters safe while helping visitors and locals experience all the wonders Florida’s waters have to offer.