Frothy seawater jumps skyward as the churn of high-powered, 110-horsepower jet skis launches the droplets from behind their watery tails. Among the many sea-gliding offerings of American Watersports, the company's fleet of speedy jet skis juxtaposes to its man-powered offerings of single or double kayaks and upright paddleboards that calmly cut through waves and wakes or assist in minnow herding along the coast. Groups can man 13- and 16-foot sailboats that await gentle offshore winds to start their journeys, or take in the ocean from a sandy perch with a day rental of beach furniture. The Pompano Beach area reveals its natural beauty on guided tours of the area via jet ski or paddleboat, wherein visitors take in local gems such as the Hillsboro Lighthouse or the area's exclusive hermit-crab resorts.
Each staff member at Life's A Beach Watersports is certified by NACWO, the National Association of Commercial Watersports Operators. The team uses its expertise to safely dole out adrenaline rushes, whether in the water or the air, to locals and tourists alike. Atop waverunners, ocean kayaks, or standup paddleboards, guests can finally help their goldfish find its deadbeat dad. The shop also rents out cabanas, chairs, and umbrellas for relaxing days on the beach, and package rentals grant their purchasers everything required to enjoy a day on the water.
With a fleet that ranges from the low-key Cessna 150 and 172 to a multi-engine jet, the FAA-licensed pilots of Beach Aviation take to the skies for short jaunts and longer, flights. Discovery tours depart from nearby airports and cruise the wild, blue yonder along the coast, unveiling a bird’s-eye view of the local wildlife, downtown areas, and other picturesque scenery. Beach Aviation’s seasoned airmen also run instructional courses for aspiring pilots, teaching them the art of ascending, descending, and dodging territorial weather balloons.
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Hop aboard Ocean Explorer Charters' flagship, the M/V Ocean Explorer, for a thrilling scuba diving cruise led by a knowledgeable, experienced crew of expert divers. The four-hour adventure allows aspiring sea floor explores to take two dives, delving into a shipwreck and a coral reef. In an effort to maintain a low crew to diver ratio so that each diver receives plenty of personal attention, groups will be kept to fewer than 20 certified divers, or two aquatically enthused elephants. Some equipment is available for rental; however, divers must supply their own buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask, fins, wetsuit, tank, weight belt, and cool nickname.
Sky High Parasailing’s father-son team of Randy and RJ Stanfa introduces landlocked legs to the freedom of air travel with 15-minute parasailing adventures along the coastline and above the cerulean waters of Pompano Beach. After double-checking customers' harnesses, chutes, cables, and favorite Doctor Who episodes, Captain RJ pilots his custom-designed Nordic watercraft into open water. The boat’s 350-horsepower MerCruiser motor gently transitions parasailers from seafarers to stewards of the sky, flying at the highest legal height over Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse and Pompano Pier. While human kites soar high above the boat, a photographer captures two memorable snapshots and saves them on a CD so visitors can later upload them on Facebook or print out copies to hand to doppelgangers. Rides conclude with a quick, refreshing dip in the ocean and a winch-assisted return to the boat’s deck for a soft landing.