About Us


The Bay Area Personal Watercraft Association, or BAPWA, was formed in 1991 by a group of five Jet Ski enthusiasts in Texas City. Since then, its membership has grown to almost 100 members some years making it one of the largest personal watercraft clubs in the nation according to the American Watercraft Association (AWA).


BAPWA's primary purpose is to promote water safety and to give Jet Ski owners an opportunity to have family fun with coordinated and planned rides. These rides are scheduled from April to October with an End-of-the-Year Party recognizing the Rider of the Year along with other awards and prizes. 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.

Finally, we carry on and encourage our members to render civic service as it may from time to time be determined or be elected.


With membership you will be given access to the Yahoo Group page where you can view hundreds of photos from previous rides. Your e-mail address will also be added to the group mailing system where the details of upcoming events are posted along with other e-mails 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?
    • Family memberships allow even an infant to be a member but to operate a jet ski you must be 18 or have a boater education certificate if younger.

  • When do you ride?
    • About every other weekend from April to October. A schedule of events can be found on the website at www.bapwa.com

  • Do you have to attend every event?
    • No but the rider who attends most rides and events is awarded Rider of the Year.

  • Aren’t 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 watercraft.

  • Do you hold races and jump contest?
    • No, BAPWA is a riding club going from one place to another and back again.

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

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