Jet skis and other personal watercraft can be thrilling water sports, but they can also be risky, therefore safety measures must be taken. Broken bones, concussions, sprains, strains, and scrapes/bruises are the most frequent injuries, and they can be brought on by inexperienced or distracted operators, poor lookouts, high speed, and violations of navigational regulations.
Operators of jet skis are required to adhere to all boating regulations while on the water.
- A waverunner should not be operated by anyone under the age of 16.
- Enroll in a safe boating course and have your child(ren) do th
- Each passenger must always have a life jacket (or other personal floatation device) on board.
- Ensure that both your life jacket and the life jacket of your passenger support your particular weights and fit comfortably. (View the Life Jacket Safety Chart.)
- Never combine drinking and jet skiing.
- Make sure an adult is always on the shore keeping an eye on you and/or your youngster.
- Before you begin, make sure your passenger is prepared to go when operating a jet ski with another person.
- Be sure to grip on tightly when riding a jet ski while the driver is someone else. If your hands fumble or if you’re not ready to move, tell the driver.
- Never start your engine without the cord leading to the start/stop switch or your key attached to your wrist or life jacket. The device will immediately stop if you fall off.
- Each cyclist should put on eye protection, gloves, a wetsuit (if it’s freezing outside), and shoes.
- Always keep an eye out for inclement weather.
- Avoid touching the pump intake with your hands, feet, hair, or clothes.
- Never drive a jet ski in a body of water that is shallower than 24 inches.
- Know the geography of the water.