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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 16:04

The state of Arizona does not require any kind of boating education to hit the water, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea if you plan to do any kind of boating this season. Arizona Outdoor Fun offers two options for getting on the water:

  1. Watercraft rental only
  2. Guided jet ski tours with a Lake Pleasant expert

The latter means our staff will handle all watercraft operations and safety measures, but choosing to take watercraft out yourself also means taking on those safety responsibilities. As a precaution, we always recommend taking state-regulated safety classes prior to renting any watercraft without an Arizona Outdoor Fun state-certified captain present.

Before beginning any class about watercraft safety in the state of Arizona, refer to the Official Arizona Boat Safety Handbook. This helpful guide tells you everything you need to know about the rules of navigation, handling watercraft at night, emergencies on the water, and even specific rules pertaining to personal watercraft (PWCs). This handbook is available for phone, eReader and desktop computer viewing.

Once you have reviewed state laws and regulations regarding watercraft, it is wise to sign up for certification. You may take certification tests as many times as needed in order to pass. Upon completion of the tests, most courses will allow you to print your certification for free or receive it in the mail for a small fee.

State-regulated certification courses include:

You may also call the Education Branch at (623) 236-7219 or (623) 236-7258 for a free home study packet.

Certification does come with one primary advantage: reduced insurance rates. If you have a personal boat or watercraft, this may provide financial benefits in the long run. Additionally, you will want to keep this card with you at all times on the water in case law enforcement asks to see it.

The best option for adventurers who are new to the area or new to using watercraft is to take advantage of Arizona Outdoor Fun’s certified captains. Our team is well-versed in boating and water safety as well as the Lake Pleasant area. We take pride in educating both out-of-town visitors and residents alike on the scenic beauty of our great state. So, what are you waiting for? With expert guides available, there is no reason stay at home this spring. Click or call to reserve your watercraft today.

Written by Joe Haldiman
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 15:58

With temperatures reaching 85° this February, we are proud to declare boating season has officially returned for spring! It’s time to gather the family, plan some fun activities, and enjoy stunning Phoenix sightseeing from the water with Arizona outdoor Fun!

Lake Pleasant is our go-to spot for warm weather fun. We offer paddle board, pedal boat, and jet ski rentals on-location just 35 minutes from downtown Phoenix. Experience 10,000-acres of open water and learn about the beauty of our native Sonoran Desert. Enjoy 116 miles of shoreline that’s perfect for all sorts of outdoor fun activities. Barbeque with the family, roast s’mores over a campfire, or search for hidden treasures in the sand before returning to the water and floating leisurely throughout the afternoon.

Lake Pleasant is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so there is never a bad time to enjoy the water! The key is to remain safe and aware at all times while boating or participating in water sports. The Arizona Game & Fish Department recommends the following:

1) Watch the Weather
Even though Lake Pleasant is open 24/7, it’s not always safe to be out on the water. Keep a watchful eye on the weather report and remain aware of your surroundings. In Arizona, if you smell rain in the air it’s probably not too far off. Similarly, heavy clouds generally indicate a storm in the not-too-distant future. Use your best judgement to stay safe.

2) Seek Safety Solutions
Before taking off, be sure to review all safety equipment onboard. Check to make sure you have the following:

  • Life jackets (Attach whistles to all life jackets for added safety)
  • Throwable flotation device (required if vessel is 16ft or longer)
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency distress signals (flares, day signals)
  • Emergency locator beacons

Remember to always leave a float plan with a trusted friend before going out on the water. This provides an extra layer of security and allows safety teams to locate you should an unexpected emergency occur.

3) Mind the Mechanical
Check your vessel for mechanical problems prior to taking off. Common items to review include:

  • Fuel
  • Engine oil
  • Coolant levels
  • Battery
  • Horn
  • Toolbox
  • Spare parts (fuel, filter, lightbulbs head parts, etc.)
  • Inspect lines for chafing

4) Pursue Boater Education
While Arizona state law does not require boater education to go out onto the water, many insurance companies will still offer a discount if you complete a boating education program and obtain a certificate of completion. It is always wise to seek out additional knowledge to ensure maximum safety on the water.

Additionally, make sure everyone on the water with you knows the location and proper use of all safety equipment. Flotation devices and flares are only as good as the people who use them. Enroll in boater education courses if a refresher is necessary.

Guided tours of Lake Pleasant offer a professionally trained boating expert to handle all of this “tough stuff” so you and your family can enjoy a stress-free day on the water. Relax with a cool drink, loved ones and the knowledge that you are in the heart of everything Arizona. Paddle boards, Jet Skis, and wakeboards rentals are always fun in the warmer months, so click or call today and learn more about Arizona Outdoor Fun’s services!

Written by Joe Haldiman
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 15:44

Arizona residents are well aware their state is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon is a beloved landmark that has made its way into the hearts of residents across Phoenix. But when it comes to sightseeing in Arizona, there are more options than Grand Canyon National Park. There are many opportunities for outdoor fun right here in the Phoenix area! What are your options? As it turns out, they are numerous:

Desert ATV Tours
Expert operators at Arizona Outdoor Fun lead educational group tours through the Arizona desert! ATV and UTV rentals are available in the Phoenix area to riders of all skill levels. Browse our ATV riding and safety tips for beginners before booking your tour for a comprehensive guide.

Perfect Your Aim
Imagine riding an ATV out into the desert only to be greeted by an NRA-certified instructor with an array of firearms to choose from. Our experts can help you work on your aim, practice proper safety guidelines on the range, and become an expert marksman (or woman)! Seize the day with a real AK47, M4 Carbine, Glock 9mm, Beretta 92, or any variety of

Desert Survival Adventure
Whether you want to spend time with the family or work on team building with the office, desert survival adventures force your group to work together and build camaraderie in the open desert. Allow our team to craft a custom adventure just for you including a search for food, shelter building, and sending distress calls in case of emergency. You’ll never have to worry about being lost in the desert again!

Geocaching
Geocaching is not just the latest trend in active adventures – it is a goal-oriented treasure hunt guaranteed to lead to fun! Participants perform various tasks, learn survival skills in the desert with our team of experts, and use GPS coordinates to locate the geocache.

Get ready for the desert adventure of a lifetime this season with a variety of great outdoor activities! When in doubt, call the outdoor adventure experts at Arizona Outdoor Fun. Contact us today or book online for incredible memories that will last for years to come.

Written by Joe Haldiman