About Us


The Bay Area Personal Watercraft Association, or BAPWA, was formed in 1991 by a group of five Jet Ski enthusiasts out of Texas City.  Since then, its membership has grown to over 100 members some years, making it one of the largest personal watercraft clubs in the nation according to the American Watercraft Association (AWA).  As life happens our current membership is about 30.  Our group has pioneered countless rides over the years and are still adding more to the list almost every year.  


BAPWA's primary purpose is to enjoy the sport of Jet Skiing, promote water safety and to give Jet Ski owners an opportunity to have family fun. These rides are scheduled from April to October, with a Spring Bash, End-of-the-Year Party, and a Christmas party as well. BAPWA also encourages and promotes the image and awareness of the personal watercraft by educating safe, considerate, and courteous use of personal watercrafts.  Moreover, we strive to follow government rules and regulations pertinent to the watercraft as may be lawfully enacted by recognized customs and etiquette.


To join just contact us we would love to have you!  It is that easy. With membership you will be added to our Group.io page where you will receive invites to weekly rides as well as other events. This system will also share other e-mails with you aimed at the general membership.

As a member you will also be expected to follow our Ethics and Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be a member?

You must be 18 years old and have completed a Boater Education training for those persons born on or after September 1, 1993.

Are not jet skis hated by people who fish?

There are irresponsible riders out there but BAPWA promotes safe and courteous riding and wants to share the waterways with ALL watercrafts.

Do you hold races and jump contest?

No, BAPWA is a cruising club.

Any 4-stroke ski is permitted but speed, distance and availability of gasoline needs to be considered.

  • Due to our length of rides and speeds: Small engine Ski/ Small Fuel tanks, stand-up Ski, 2-strokes Ski do not fit our riding style.
  • Your PWC must be able to travel at least 75 miles before needing fuel.
  • You must be able to maintain 50 mph.
  • You must have Liability insurance on your PWC.
  • You will be required to sign a release of liability waiver before the ride.
  • You must follow our Rules and Ethics.

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