I'm "MP" from sunny Singapore. Although I've loved the sea for years, it wasn't till a couple of years ago that I dove in head first ... so to speak. In Singapore, you need to pass a test and earn your ticket to pilot anything with an engine (& that includes jet-skis) - a PPCDL (Powered Pleasure Craft Driving Licence).
Having earned my ticket, I've been cruising the local area from Tioman to Riau & loving every minute of it. I'm fortunate that my family loves the sea as well.
Later this year, I'm planning a longer trip - to Phuket. Hopefully, I'll be with a group that goes up regularly, simply for my peace of mind as I don't know the waters.