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Jet Ski/PWC Safety Tips & Etiquette
We provide these safety tips and the important details about rules and etiquette when riding a jet ski to make sure that you operate your jet ski in a safe and proper manner while enjoying your time on the water.
Right of Way for Jet Skis
Boats, other fishing and commercial vessels, will always have the right of way. When you are moving towards an oncoming craft, always keep right. Additionally, if you are going to cross paths with another jet ski or boat, the craft on that is on the right side will always have the right of way.
Awareness of Other Water Users
Constantly be on the lookout for traffic when riding a jet ski. You have to know where the other boats, kayaks, paddle boards, other vessels, or swimmers, are and where they are going before you cross a wake or make a turn. Unfortunately, collisions account for a significant percentage of accidents when jet skiing. Therefore, you have to pay close attention to what other water crafts are around you and where they are heading. Be vigilant in your awareness of your surroundings.
Wave or Wake Jumping
In case your course will take you across the wake of a different craft, be sure that it does not hinder both your own visibility as well as the visibility to other crafts. Bigger boats might not see you and might not be able to stay away from your course in time to prevent a collision. Reckless operation of the jet skis can be extremely dangerous to yourself and others. Please operate the jet ski in a safe and courteous manner at all times.
Operating Speeds for Jet Skis
Speed limits are commonly set by local laws or regulations. Be sure that you follow the limits, regardless if they are posted or not. It is your responsibility to know the local speed limit, and the failure to keep it could lead to you facing a fine or worse, you might get involved in an accident. In areas that are congested, it is best to lower your speed as necessary, just like you would when you are driving a car.
Wear the Correct Safety Equipment
You should wear a life vest as well as eye protection to prevent your vision from obscuring due to water spray. Deck shoes or tennis shoes will provide you with the protection you need from the elements. The whistle that is attached to your life vest could be used to call for help in case of an emergency. Our jet skis are also equipped with tracking devices for your safety.
Safety Lanyard for Jet Skiing
Do not operate your jet ski without the safety lanyard that is attached to you. The lanyard will instantly cut the engine of the jet ski once you fall from the craft. This particular safety feature can help prevent accidents so be sure to use it at all times.
Noise of Jet Skis
Be mindful of the noise that your watercraft makes. The very best method to avoid the noise problems is to avoid operating at high speed close to the shoreline, other boaters, as well as waterfront properties. You must also reduce the noise early in the morning. Always start the engine of the jet ski in the water, and before you set off, warm up the jet ski’s engine first.
Environment & Surroundings the Jet Ski
You should not spill oil, fuel, or leave litter or other pollutants in areas where they do not belong. Additionally, do not operate the jet ski near aquatic vegetation or wildlife. This will lessen the effect your craft has on the environment, wildlife, and spare the machinery of the craft from unnecessary damage.
Other Water Enthusiasts
Jet skiers share the water with fishermen, boats, surfers, water skiers, kiteboards, swimmers, and wildlife. You must maintain your distance and respect the rights to access, safety, and use of the jet ski on the water.