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Safety Tips To Consider Whilst Operating a Jet Ski

Owning a jet ski can be extremely fun and can be a fantastic way to enjoy yourself with friends and family on open waters. However, these machines can also be quite dangerous if you do not stick to safety procedures, and if you do not know what you are doing. Take a look through our best safety tips we have picked out, to make sure you carry on enjoying your water sports fun safely. 

Know what you are doing 

How can you expect to use a jet ski safely if you have no idea what you are doing when it comes to operating one. This can not only be a massive danger to yourself, but also to all the people around you. To make sure you are confident heading out on to the water, why not take a look through some of our training courses here at Waterwise Marine Training. Taking a training course will make sure you understand the basics and will help maintain your safety.

Wear a life jacket

Most of the time you will be experiencing exhilarating jet skiing fun, but accidents can and do happen, which you need to be prepared for. If for any reason you fall off your jet ski and end up in the water, a life jacket will make sure that you stay afloat while you wait for help, or simply hop back on. It is highly recommended that you wear a life jacket, especially if you do not consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, it could save your life!

Wear a watercraft helmet 

In addition to making sure that you are wearing a life jacket, you should also keep your head protected at all times. Accidents can happen where you might be flown off your jet ski at fast speeds. If this happens, you want to make sure you avoid head injuries in case of any collisions. You could collide with boats, rocks in the water, other jet ski riders etc. Wearing a helmet will reduce the effects of head injuries dramatically. 

Keep your jet ski regularly maintained

It is your responsibility to make sure that your jet ski is operating correctly and safely. This is important because some jet ski accidents can be as a result of faulty equipment or equipment failure. Keeping your jet ski properly and regularly maintained will reduce the risk of equipment failure and therefore improve the safety of your jet ski. Take pride in your jet ski, they can be expensive to buy, so make sure you are looking after them!

Don’t drink while operating a jet ski 

You wouldn’t get into your car and start driving if you’d had a few drinks, so why should it be any different with your jet ski? Operating a jet ski whilst under the influence of alcohol can be a massive danger to yourself, and the people around you. You should be fully focused on having some jet skiing fun, and completely competent to do so. 

Don’t speed 

I know it might be tempting to go as fast as you can on these water crafts, but there are recommended speed limits for a reason. Watching your speed will reduce the risk of you falling off, or losing control and injuring other people. Accidents do unfortunately happen in this sport and are sometimes unpreventable, but you do not want to be the person who is at fault for an accident, it could have serious consequences.