In search of the perfect GoPro footage? A decent mount will certainly make a difference. See which models we think are worth your attention in our latest equipment guide.
Investing in a good jet ski GoPro mount is a great way to take your videos to the next level. There are tons of different styles available, and all of them can provide a cool perspective.
Although every mount has something to offer, some are definitely better than others. This list goes over the best GoPro mounts for a jet ski and explains what exactly makes them so good.
Check out the video below for a good example of what GoPro footage looks like when using a mount.
9 Best Jet Ski GoPro Mounts
The best go pro jet ski mounts are the sticker, headstrap, chest harness, flex clamp, handlebar, suction cup, sports kit, selfie stick, and the helmet mounts.
The best thing about our selections is that they are universal throughout the GoPro range. That means should you have a Hero 9 or a Hero 3, they’ll fit all the same.
#1 GoPro Sticker Mount
The most commonly used GoPro mount for jet skiing is the adhesive sticker. Basically, it’s a small mount with a strong adhesive bottom that’s attached to the jet ski’s body. They take up very little room and can be peeled off at any time.
This is possibly the best jet ski GoPro mount because they can be attached almost anywhere. There’s no limit to the number of angles you can get, and best of all, they’re cheap.
It should be noted that though these are a great choice if you are using your own jet ski, they aren’t recommended if you are renting. As the sticker mounts need to be removed from the surface using heat from a hairdryer, the owner might not be too happy about you leaving it on their jet ski. Many rentals already have sticker mounts available, but if not, it’s always best to ask or have a backup mount on hand.
#2 GoPro Headstrap Mount
The GoPro head strap can be a great feature to use for some interesting POV angles. It’s a great way to show everyone what’s going on how you see things. This option is fully adjustable and can also fit over a helmet if you are going to use it for other extreme sports such as mountain biking or rock climbing.
One downside to the head strap mount is a lot of people don’t want to wear something on their heads. It’s by no means uncomfortable, but depending on your movement, it may mess up your hair a little.
#3 GoPro Chest Harness
A great POV alternative to the head strap mount is the chest mount. In terms of getting a good POV, the chest harness may be the best GoPro mount for jet skiing that you can find. It gives a really cool perspective, and it’s really comfortable, so you can easily forget you’re even wearing it.
Some users commented that it took a little figuring out how to use it the first time, but once you get the adjustments set for your body shape and size, it should fit like a glove. It was also mentioned that the camera felt very secure in the chest mount.
#4 GoPro Flex Clamp
One of the most underrated GoPro jet ski mount options is the flex clamp. Thanks to handlebars and tow hooks, a flex clamp can work well on a jet ski. Since it has a flexible gooseneck, it can stretch pretty far from where it’s attached. Recording video clips with it fully extended is a great method to capture video from the outside looking in.
The only downside to using the flex clamp as a jet ski mount is jumping wakes may cause it to shift. Even though the neck is pretty sturdy, a lot of force goes into jumping a jet ski. Unfortunately, it just comes with the territory.
#5 GoPro Handlebar Mount
A handlebar mount is somewhat a given when it comes to attaching a GoPro to a jet ski. It’s by far one of the easiest and most secure places to mount your action camera. Using a handlebar camera mount is good for getting a forward-facing angle or even a shot of the rider.
There are limited places to put a handlebar mount, but the footage it provides will definitely be smooth.
#6 GoPro Suction Cup Mount
In terms of versatility, the GoPro Suction Cup mount for a jet ski. Most jet skis have dozens of places that this suction cup mount can be attached to.
Countless unique angles can be captured using a suction cup mount, which is exactly why they’re so popular.
In our opinion, this is the best GoPro suction mount on the market.
#7 GoPro Helmet Mount
Compatible with all GoPro generations, this dual mount for the helmet can be attached on the front or side. It comes with a swivel mount so that it can be easily rotated while the camera is already attached.
It gives a really cool perspective and might even encourage you to wear your helmet more often!
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#8 GoPro Sports Kit
The GoPro Sports Kit is a combination of two of the best mounts from earlier. This action sports mounting kit comes with the chest mount and Handlebar/seat post/pole GoPro mount. It’s the perfect combination for jet ski filming and offers two amazing perspectives that perfectly encapsulate speed and energy.
This kit isn’t just designed for while you are out on the water. If you use your camera for other action video purposes, be it on land or in the air, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to use all the different accessories included.
#9 GoPro Selfie Stick
We’ve left the selfie stick until last because it isn’t actually mounted anywhere. However, this handheld device is a great way of getting videos of yourself while driving, which shouldn’t be difficult if you are in a sitdown ski where you can control it easily. Even better is if you have a passenger holding it.
This waterproof selfie stick is specially designed for GoPro and extends from 17 to 40″; it’s also super lightweight at only 9 Ozs. It has a non-slip rubber grip and a wrist strap, so you should have no issues holding on to it as you power through the waves.
If you want to take wide-angle photos of yourself, this is another great product to add to the gear list. You might find similar models to this on the market that are slightly lighter, but you’ll also find that they aren’t as durable. We’d go for the extra ounce or two of weight to ensure that the selfie stick didn’t break on you.
While it isn’t hands-free like our other options, it does offer you another POV to record from.
Why Is a GoPro Jet Ski Mount Important?
A lot of people buy a GoPro and expect to make super sweet videos right away, but that isn’t easy to do without a good mount as well. Without a mount, GoPro footage is shaky, unstable, and usually looks pretty bad. Owning a mount (or several) allows you to get smoother, more unique footage.
Essential Jet Ski GoPro Accessory
Another accessory you should consider if you are taking your camera out on the water is a protector floaty. This bright orange flotation device is a great second line of defense in the worst-case scenario if one of your mounts comes loose and your camera ends up in the water. It also comes with a camera tether for added security. Without the floaty, your camera could sink to the ocean depths in seconds, so it is well worth considering.
It is worth noting that it doesn’t support the weight of additional accessories, so if your mount and GoPro end up in the water, it will still likely sink.
Another important note is that unlike the mounts a floaty is model specific. Make sure you get the right fit for your generation of GoPro.
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How To Mount a GoPro On a Jet Ski
Really there’s no complexity to getting your camera safely fixed to your jet ski. However, we thought we’d add this section to ensure you know exactly what you are doing. The last thing you want to do is lose your camera in the water and not be able to retrieve it.
We’re assuming you already have a GoPro, but if not, you’ll be glad to hear that all of the current models are waterproof; this is from the Hero 5 onwards. Most are waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters) without any additional housing, except for the GoPro MAX 360, which is only waterproof to 16 feet (5 meters).
While your GoPro camera is waterproof on the outside, you need to make sure that water doesn’t get inside. This type of camera is built to keep water out by design, but it’s always worth giving it a check before you leave home. Where water will get in if there is an issue is through the rubber seals that protect the Compartment for the SD card and battery and the ports, so check them for any damage and make sure all the doors are closed.
To use a chest mount or mount a GoPro on a handlebar or using a head strap is really self-explanatory.
Adhesive mounts are a great option as you can try them out in different positions to find out where you get the best shots. They are also one of the cheapest options; however, they aren’t reusable once removed.
To apply them, you’ll want a smooth and clean surface; otherwise, the adhesive won’t bond properly. Next, press it into place, so it makes complete contact over the surface area. You also don’t want to leave this to the last minute; the mount requires 24 hours to adhere properly, so prepare in advance.
As we mentioned earlier, if you are renting, the owner probably will have rules against using adhesive mounts as they aren’t easy to remove. When you want to remove them from your own jet ski, you can use a heat gun or hairdryer so that you can peel them off after the adhesive is softened.
Making a Decision
Before making a decision, keep in mind that it’s good to mix things up. Filming an entire video using the same angle can become boring and repetitive. To keep things exciting, try using more than one mount, or at least move the position around. Number #7 is a great choice for experimentation as it comes with a combination of two mounts.
What’s your favorite GoPro jet ski mount? Tell us in the comments section!